Friends, supporters, and fellow industry insiders, we need your help!
Recently, the Oregon House of Representatives introduced a bill that contains wide-ranging implications for the hemp industry and could have the practical effect of killing it. In short, HB3000 sets out to control and prevent intoxicating derivatives from hemp, including delta-8-THC, from being accessible to children. Unfortunately, it also would move all processing and hemp out of ODA (Oregon Department of Agriculture) jurisdiction and into OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) jurisdiction, thereby subjecting the entire hemp industry to extremely stringent tracking requirements designed solely for intoxicating products. While the OLCC system works well for recreational cannabis, it would effectively kill Oregon’s burgeoning hemp industry, drowning it under a tidal wave of new regulations, red tape, and enforcement practices.
Please help us by contacting the members of the House Committee on Rules and bill sponsor Rep. Wilde and tell them to stop the movement of HB3000 and request that the bill be amended to not allow the OLCC to regulate hemp processing.
Below is a sample email. Please feel free to edit, amend, add in your own story and concerns or draft up your own email!
(I/We) strongly oppose Section 17 of HB 3000, which would move regulation of all hemp processing from the Oregon Department of Agriculture to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. (I/we) support the broader goal of HB 3000 to control and prevent intoxicating derivatives from hemp from being accessible to anyone under the age of 21, but Section 17 goes much further than is needed and would have the practical effect of killing Oregon’s hemp industry.
We respectfully ask that the committee AMEND HB 3000 to remove Section 17 and add the regulation of processing to the list of items that the taskforce will tackle in the interim. We also request that the committee ensure this taskforce is balanced and includes hemp growers and processors.
Names and Emails of the Members of the House Committee on Rules: