The day after Oregon voters said yes to legalized marijuana last fall, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission chairman pledged to hit the road to hear what Oregonians have to say about what the industry should look like.
The agency is still pinning down dates and location for seven of the nine stops in the statewide “listening tour,” but the first two are already set: Baker City and Pendleton.
The liquor control commission will hold a meeting at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 22 at the Baker City Armory, 1740 Campbell St. It will meet at 7 p.m. that day at the Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate St.
Future stops are planned in Eugene, Bend, Salem, Portland, Ashland, Klamath Falls and the Oregon Coast. The details of those stops are still being worked out, said Karynn Fish, a spokeswoman for marijuana programs at the liquor control commission.
Rob Patridge, chairman of the liquor control commission, said the agency wants to hear from Oregonians about what marijuana should look like.
“We need to hear firsthand from local residents in Baker City, Pendleton and nearby communities,” Patridge said.
The tour is part of the agency’s effort to collect feedback from Oregonians about how the state should go about regulating the production, processing and sale of cannabis for the recreational market.
The liquor control commission recently surveyed the public for input, an effort that drew an estimated 15,000 participants, Fish said. She said liquor control commission staff are analyzing the results.
— Noelle Crombie