OLCC Announces Details of Licensing Moratorium

April 7, 2022

Governor Brown Signed New Moratorium Into Law April 4, 2022

As a result of HB 4016 becoming law, which establishes a licensing moratorium on all marijuana license types except laboratories, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) today announced how they will implement the new law.   The moratorium is in effect from January 1, 2022 through March 31, 2024.  The OLCC will inactivate all applications for new licenses received in that time frame.

Applications submitted on or before January 1, 2022

If you applied for a license on or before January 1, 2022 and have not submitted a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS), you have until April 26, 2022 to submit the LUCS to OLCC. If you do not submit the LUCS to OLCC by April 26, 2022, your application will be inactivated. The legislation also prohibits changing the location of your application and does not allow for more than a 51% ownership change until you have been licensed.

Applications submitted on or after January 2, 2022
If you applied for a marijuana producer, processor, wholesaler, or retailer license on or after January 2, 2022, your application will be inactivated. The OLCC plans to refund the $250 application fee for these applications, so it is important that you make sure the mailing address listed on your application is current and valid.

The OLCC is in the process of establishing a way to return the application fees.  They did not state when they will be issuing refunds.  The OLCC will return fees for applications submitted on or after January 2, 2022 through April 4, 2022, when HB 4016 was signed into law. Because a moratorium is now in place anyone who submits a license application will NOT have their application fee automatically returned.

Other permits and certificates

The HB 4016 moratorium applies only to marijuana licenses and does not affect worker permits, research certificates, or hemp certificates.

Contact our office if you have questions concerning the moratorium or licensing in general.  We can be reached through the contact page on our web site or at 503-234-2694.

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