Oregon receives 142 marijuana applications in first day

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission received 142 applications as of Tuesday morning from people hoping to enter the state’s new recreational marijuana market.

The agency said 75 of the applications came from growers, most of them with plans for facilities in Clackamas, Jackson, Lane and Multnomah counties.

Oregon will not limit the number of marijuana-related licenses it will issue. A report prepared by the liquor commission estimates the state will issue a total of 850 recreational marijuana licenses by the end of 2017.

The state so far has received applications from processors, wholesalers, retailers and producers. It will issue licenses for laboratories and researchers, but as of 8 a.m. Tuesday hadn’t received applications for either.

Research licenses will be issued for particular areas of study related to cannabis. The proposal has to pass “established scientific criteria and rigor,” said Mark Pettinger, a spokesman for the liquor commission. Applications for research licenses will be vetted by the liquor commission as well as the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

According to a breakdown provided by the liquor control commission to The Oregonian/OregonLive, the counties with the largest representation among all applicants so far are: Multnomah County (30), Clackamas County (18), Jackson County (17) and Lane County (16). 

— Noelle Crombie

503-297-7184; @noellecrombie

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