Marijuana listening tour: Oregon Liquor Control Commission holds meetings in Baker City and Pendleton
PENDLETON — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission on Thursday begins its nine-stop “listening tour” on marijuana regulation.
Meetings will be held in Baker City and Pendleton.
The liquor control commission is charged with regulating production, processing and sale of marijuana under the law passed last year. Rob Patridge, chairman of the commission, will attend Thursday’s meetings in eastern Oregon.
The first meeting will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Baker City Armory, 1740 Campbell St. A second meeting will be held at 7 p.m. 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.
Patridge has said the agency wants to hear from Oregonians about what a regulated marijuana industry 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 commission recently surveyed the public for input, an effort that drew an estimated 15,000 participants.
— Noelle Crombie