The Failures of OLCC Dispensary Regulations

As of October 1st of this year, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has pushed through another onslaught of vague, complicated and nonsensical regulations in Oregon. As usual, they’re backed by the claim that it’s for the safety of children and the purpose of running a clean industry, but when it comes down to the finer details, they lack in what I like to call “solid ground”. If you already work in the industry, then I’m sure you’re well aware of this problem. If not, brace yourself for this hot mess.

Edibles, concentrates and topicals must leave the dispensary in an exit bag

I have a few arguments regarding this. Like how most edible packaging uses a heat seal which is practically impossible to open unless you have teeth or phalanges of steel. Why not just make it a requirement for edibles and concentrates to be packaged in child proof packaging like flower?

Strain names recognized by children must be changed or shortened

Gorilla Glue is now just going by G.G. and Jedi Kush now Jed Kush. Girl Scout Cookies is widdled down to GSC. Now let’s get real: there is not a child on this planet with reading abilities who would look at cannabis flower and think it was an actual cookie let alone a Girl Scout cookie.

Edible strength limit went from 15 mg to 50 mg, but you can still only buy one per dispensary*

I have no idea what their intentions are behind this strange rule but I can’t wrap my head around it.

First and last initials as well as birthday go into a central database with the amount you bought

This rule has been in effect for awhile but fits in well in this post. The information taken from your ID and put into the computer every time you purchase recreationally is not enough for them to have any sort of valid feedback from dispensaries regarding amount purchased. There are billions of people in this world and the chances that you are the only one with your initials and birthday are slim to none.
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The Marijuana Worker’s Permit Test was obscenely simple

Obviously not a regulation, but it’s being pushed through along with everything else. 30 questions and open book. It was easier than a written driving test and costs $100. It barely touched on anything regarding the actual knowledge that should be a requirement for someone permitted as a “Marijuana Worker” and focused more on the OLCC’s regulatory minutiae.

The OLCC controls recreational marijuana in Oregon

This is just a failure in general. Cannabis isn’t anything like alcohol so why does the Liquor Control Commission run something they don’t know anything about? They need more training than the people wanting to work in dispensaries.
What I’ve listed above is merely a fraction of the crazy talk that is OLCC regulation indecision. I don’t want to hark on them too hard; after all, they were originally created to regulate liquor not cannabis. However it does go to show that maybe they’re not the ones who should be running this show. Maybe Cannabis should have it’s own control commission run by cannabis professionals and those who understand it’s science. Or maybe it should just be run by OMMP. Either way, we’re officially into year two and the regulations are still a mess.

{*This is only for dispensaries who have already gotten their recreational license}