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OLCC to approve first recreational marijuana growers

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is expected to approve its first large-scale recreational marijuana growing permits at a special meeting on Friday.

Eight businesses are on the list for approval, including Yerba Buena, a Hillsboro-based grow operation currently growing marijuana for medical use.

“We had our inspection already, so everything compliance wise is already here, the foundation is already here,” said Casey Rivero, Yerba Buena’s Cultivation Manager.

Rivero said while some community members have expressed reservations or concerns about the operation, many have been supportive.

“Any kind of negativity we’ve had on what we’re doing basically comes from lack of education.  And I totally get it,” said Rivero, referring to years of anti-marijuana public service announcements.  “One of the big things for us is actually bringing as much integrity to this industry as possible.”

Two other prominent names are associated with businesses expected to be granted licenses by the OLCC: John Plummer, an owner of the popular music venue The Doug Fir, and Antonio Harvey, a Portland Trailblazers broadcaster.

Harvey’s wife, Jennifer Speer-Harvey, said her husband is associated with the business she runs with her brother in name only, and will not be part of the business’ operations.

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