On November 6, citizens of Ontario and Klamath Falls cast their ballots and voted in favor of allowing marijuana businesses in their cities (according to unofficial election results).

Ontario’s measure will allow within city limits State-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana retailers, and recreational marijuana producers, processors, and wholesalers. The measure will also impose a three percent (3%) tax on marijuana sales. Klamath Falls’ measure will allow marijuana production, processing, wholesaling, and sales within the city limits and impose a three percent (3%) tax on marijuana sales.

The next step for each city is to adopt regulations to implement their marijuana programs. Keep a lookout for notices of rule advisory meetings and public hearings. Public and cannabis industry input is vital to help shape reasonable regulations.

Those interested in taking advantage of their cities opting into the licensed marijuana system will need to obtain their local permitting as well as obtain the applicable license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. However, as we previously reported, the OLCC “paused” processing new license applications effective June 15. The OLCC is still accepting applications, but the applications will not be looked at until after the pre-June 15 applications are processed (and those pending applications have been given an estimate from the OLCC of twelve to fourteen months to process).  In other words, there is a long and uncertain road ahead for getting the required state licensure to take advantage of the new markets in Ontario and Klamath Falls.