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Got pot opinions? Take OLCC e-survey

State agency gathers public ideas as it writes new rules


SALEM — State regulators want to know what hopes and concerns Oregonians have about the new legal marijuana system, as officials prepare to write rules to implement it.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will oversee commercial pot growers, manufacturers and retailers under the new state law, and the agency launched an online survey Tuesday to gather input. The survey asks people to rank by priority some of the issues the OLCC will consider, such as restricting packaging that appeals to children and developing standards to test whether someone is driving under the influence.

The public has less than a week to take the survey, which will be available through Jan. 12. Regulators face a tight timeline to write rules by January 2016, when they must begin accepting applications for recreational cannabis businesses.

Measure 91, which voters passed in November, will also allow adults age 21 and older to possess pot for personal use beginning July 1.

Rob Patridge, Klamath County district attorney and chairman of the OLCC Board of Commissioners, said Tuesday that it’s too early to tell whether the agency will need more time to implement the commercial recreational pot program.

“Everybody’s trying to take a deep breath after the holidays, and trying to really clamp down and focus on getting this thing done,” Patridge said.

The amount of time needed to set up the regulatory system will depend in part upon the agenda state lawmakers set in the 2015 sessions. Patridge said the OLCC must also take the time to adequately research the successes and problems with existing legal pot regulations in Washington and Colorado.

Results of the survey will help the agency to plan a statewide listening tour, the details of which it plans to announce later this month, according to an OLCC press release.

People can fill out the survey through Jan. 12 at marijuana.oregon.gov.

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