Oregon – OLCC: Commissioners meet in Southern Oregon Legislators, Law Enforcement, Licensees tell OLCC “Illegal Cannabis Threatens All of Us”

Oregon – OLCC: Commissioners meet in Southern Oregon Legislators, Law Enforcement, Licensees tell OLCC “Illegal Cannabis Threatens All of Us”
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ASHLAND, OR. – Illegal marijuana activity has not only disrupted the legal cannabis industry, but it’s also jeopardizing southern Oregon’s wine industry, according to testimony the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) heard this week. That was one of many issues that came to light during the Commission’s two-day visit to Jackson County. In an effort to connect directly with the cannabis and wine industries, the southern Oregon hospitality sector, and Jackson and Josephine county legislators, the OLCC held its monthly Commission meeting on June 15, 2022, at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Commissioners also approved three stipulated settlement agreements. Seven years after Oregon voters approved recreational marijuana, the southern part of the state has seen a proliferation of cannabis grow sites: hemp, OLCC licensed producers and illegal grows operated by organized crime. Unlicensed grows have drastically impacted the region’s livability and overwhelmed local law enforcements’ ability to mount an adequate response. Joint operations by the OLCC, other state agencies, and law enforcement have uncovered illicit cannabis growers engaged in human trafficking. These illicit operations bring undocumented farm workers into the United States, leaving them to live in unsafe conditions, and threatening to harm them or their families if they go to authorities. Illegal grow sites have degraded the environment through unregulated use of chemicals, while siphoning limited water resources in a region already experiencing significant drought. “It’s fair to say that the biggest risk to this industry is the illegal activity,” said Commissioner Jennifer Currin. “For the safety of these communities; whichever way you look at it, the greatest risk to the legal and legitimate industry is the illicit activity. We have to do everything that we can do or we won’t have a legal industry.” Legislators and law enforcement officials outlined these challenges in a plea to the OLCC…

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