Riding High in Bridgetown: Portland Approves Marijuana Couriers
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@MJINews: Riding High in Bridgetown: Portland Approves Marijuana Couriers
On Dec. 22, 2016, Oregon’s Portland City Council voted unanimously to amend its marijuana business regulations, creating a license for marijuana retail couriers, as reported by OregonLive.com.
According to the amended ordinance, “The regulated marijuana industry has not been accessible to microbusiness entrepreneurs because of the capital investment required to start a business,” prompting the city to approve licenses for marijuana retail couriers as a means of increasing opportunities for market entry.
The application fee is $750 and the license fee is $3,500. Licensed marijuana retail couriers can produce marijuana, edibles, extracts and concentrates, but sales are required to take place through off-site delivery.
Potential applicants need a retail license from the OLCC in order to be eligible for Portland’s marijuana retail courier license; the city’s licensed couriers also need the OLCC’s approval before deliveries can commence, as indicated in the Oregon Administrative Rules for Recreational Marijuana.
On Dec. 14, 2016, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration announced a new rule that makes hemp-based cannabidiol a federally illegal substance. Under the new rules, liquid extracts derived from plants of the cannabis genus that contain one or more cannabinoids are now considered a schedule I substance.