How Did One Bill Reshape Oregon’s Hemp Industry?
Oregon House Bill 3000 (HB 3000) passed in 2021 with bipartisan and industry support. The legislation passed with two clear directives in mind: (1) regulating artificially derived cannabinoids like delta-8 THC, and (2) creating an enforcement system to ensure hemp licensees are not illegally growing marijuana. While the reforms seemed straightforward, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) and state law enforcement leveraged the legislation to essentially ban all artificially derived cannabinoids and drag compliant hemp licensees into southern Oregon’s revitalized war on cannabis. This blog post explains how these legislations developed, and ultimately led to Oregon’s hemp moratorium. OLCC’s Near Ban on Artificially-Derived Cannabinoids Section 2. (2) The duties, functions, and powers of the commission specified in ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545 include the following: (h) To regulate the processing, transportation, delivery, sale and purchase of artificially derived cannabinoids in accordance with the provisions of ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545. This provision of HB 3000 kicked off a rule advisory committee (RAC) to regulate “artificially derived cannabinoids.” Artificially derived cannabinoids are usually created by processing hemp derived CBD into novel cannabinoid products. Some of these products, most notoriously delta-8 THC, possess intoxicating affects similar to delta-9 THC found in marijuana. However, because the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp products containing less than 0.3% delta-9 THC, artificially derived cannabinoid products like delta-8 are legal and existed outside OLCC regulatory authority. This also meant the products were readily available for sale online and to minors. The first proposed regulations issued by the OLCC were essentially a blanket ban on all artificially derived cannabinoids. Industry push back was substantial, as they believed the intention of the RAC and HB 3000 was not to create an across-the-board ban on all products, but to focus on regulating intoxicating products like delta-8 THC that possess unknown health consequences and…
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