According to a new article by News 21 Channel, the Oregon Senate passed Senate Bill 528. The Bill enables the governor to enter into agreements to promote the coordination and enforcement of licensed marijuana businesses in other states. Although the bill has passed, it cannot take effect until federal law allows for interstate marijuana commerce. Alternatively, the Department of Justice would need to issue an opinion or memorandum allowing for the scenario.
Senator Floyd Prozanski stated in the article “Oregon is a trailblazer, and this is another way that we can lead the nation regarding this relatively new legal industry. Several states have legalized cannabis and so this puts Oregon in a great position to enter into agreements with other states, if and when the day comes that interstate cannabis trade is allowed by federal law. With the passage of Senate Bill 582, Oregon will be ahead of the game in this burgeoning industry.”
If the bill does become permissible, marijuana could be transported over state lines by wholesalers and researchers who are authorized to do so per the agreement. Further, any items that arrive in Oregon would need to be tested, labeled, and package in a manner that complies with state law. Prozanski added, “We currently have a situation where nearly seven years’ worth of cannabis has been overproduced in this state. It grows abundantly in Oregon. This will allow us, someday, to offload excess supply legally into areas where it’s legal but is harder to grow. It also will turn our state’s burgeoning cannabis industry into a much bigger player nationwide through the ability to export our cannabis products in the future.”