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OLCC approves first group of marijuana growing licenses in Oregon

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has approved the first eight recreational marijuana producer licenses in the state.

The growing licenses issued Friday are the first under Oregon's legalized recreational marijuana system.

"It's pretty amazing,  it's been a long time getting here, and we are really, really excited about, it if you can’t tell," said Clackamas County grower Michael Scarbrough.  "It's pretty much a dream come true."

The licensees approved Friday include Tier 1 and Tier 2 outdoor and mixed cultivation growers.

Tier 1 outdoor growers are allowed to have a plant canopy between 5,000 to 10,000 square feet, and Tier 2 outdoor growers are allowed to have a plant canopy between 20,000 to 40,000 square feet.  

Mixed cultivation growers are allowed to have a combined indoor and outdoor canopy using a ratio so the total canopy does not exceed the tier designation.

"It’s an honor and privilege to be honest with you," said Laura Rivero with Yerba Buena. "I feel like the entire world is looking at Oregon for how legalization can be done.  It's an honor to be among the first in the state to cultivate recreational cannabis."

The licensees can start operating legally after paying their annual license fee. The annual fee for Tier 1 growers is $3,750, and the annual fee for Tier 2 growers is $5,750. The annual license fee for labs, processors, wholesalers and retailers is $4,750.

All applicants go through a rigorous process before they're considered for a license, according to the OLCC, including a criminal background check, training to use the Cannabis Tracking System and land use approve from local government agencies.

One cottage grove family says they’re making the switch from producing vegetable seeds to marijuana seeds.   

"We're looking forward to doing professional breeding work with seeds," said Tom Johns with New Breed Seed.  "It hasn’t really been done world wide, because it's not legal. So, now the stage is set for those of us in Oregon to have a leading industry in seed. We’re very excited about that."

And if you think they’ll be out celebrating tonight, think again.  The group says getting the green light to grow only means their work is just beginning.

"We’re going to go back home and get to work honestly," said Devin Ellis with Southern Oregon Cannabis Company.  "We're going to be starting seeds pretty much for the next 24 hours, we've got a lot of work to do in the next few days, but it's welcome work," 

Friday's approved license are for:

  • Harold Frazier, Dale Fox, Maiden Azalea LLC (New Breed Seed) -  Outdoor, Tier 1, Lane County.
  • Far Out Farms, LLC (Far Out Farms) - Mixed, Tier 1, Tillamook County.
  • Preston Greene (Yerba Buena) - Mixed, Tier 2, Washington County.
  • Smokey Mountain Farm, LLC (Smokey Mountain Farm) -  Outdoor, Tier 1, Washington County.
  • Jennifer Speer-Harvey, Antonio Harvey, Daniel Speer (Terra Mater) - Mixed, Tier 2, Clackamas County.
  • PWCC, LLC (Pacific Wonderland Craft Cannabis) - Mixed, Tier 2, Clackamas County.
  • SOCC, LLC (Southern Oregon Cannabis Company) - Outdoor, Tier 2, Jackson County.
  • Charles J. Brooks (Loved Buds) - Outdoor, Tier 1, Josephine County.

The OLCC has received 910 applications and expects to receive between 1200 and 2000 applications during the 2016 calendar year.  The agency expects to issue about 850 licenses in 2016.

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