The cannabis industry in Oregon is facing a significant challenge, as the number of licensed businesses has far exceeded what the market can support. With over 3,000 licenses approved for the farming, processing, and sale of marijuana, industry leaders are urging the state to take action to prevent further saturation of the market.

One of the major issues facing the industry is the fact that businesses in Oregon are unable to export their products to other states. This means that the market is limited to the state's population, and with so many businesses competing for a share of that market, it has become increasingly difficult for individual businesses to thrive.

Mike Getlin, the board chair of the Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon, notes that the current situation is simply not feasible for businesses. With so many companies vying for the same customers, it is becoming more and more challenging to turn a profit. This is why industry leaders are calling on the state to take action to restrict the number of new licenses that are issued.

There have been several moratoriums on new licensure in recent years, but the current version is set to expire in April. If this happens, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission will be required to start processing applications again, which could result in even more businesses entering the market.

To prevent this from happening, Getlin is urging state lawmakers to take action. His proposal calls for new licensure to be restricted until there is significant population growth. Specifically, before any new licenses are issued, there should be less than one license for every 7,500 smoking-age adults in Oregon. For processing and wholesale licenses, this should be below one in 12,500.

This proposal would help to ensure that the market is not oversaturated with businesses, which would benefit both existing businesses and consumers. By limiting the number of new licenses, businesses would have a better chance of thriving, and consumers would have access to high-quality products from a more manageable number of businesses. Ultimately, this would help to ensure the long-term success of the cannabis industry in Oregon.

The state of Oregon is currently facing a major problem with overcrowding in its prisons. This issue has been a cause of concern for many years, and efforts have been made to address it. However, according to a recent report, the situation has reached a critical point, and urgent action is needed to prevent things from getting worse.

One solution that has been proposed is to limit the number of people who are incarcerated for non-violent offenses. This would involve reducing the mandatory minimum sentences for certain crimes and providing alternative sentencing options such as community service or probation. This approach has been successful in other states, and advocates believe it could work in Oregon as well.

However, there are those who oppose this idea, arguing that it would lead to an increase in crime and a breakdown of law and order. They also point out that many of the people who are currently incarcerated for non-violent offenses have been involved in drug-related crimes, and reducing their sentences could send the wrong message about drug use.

One compromise that has been suggested is to allow marijuana businesses to purchase and sell existing licenses, as part of a broader effort to reduce the number of people in prison. This proposal was included in a bill called HB 2515, which unfortunately died in committee last year. However, advocates are hopeful that a similar bill will be introduced in this year's legislative session and will finally make it across the finish line.

At the heart of this debate is a fundamental question about the purpose of incarceration. Is it primarily a form of punishment, or is it a means of rehabilitation? Should non-violent offenders be treated differently from violent offenders, or should all criminals be subject to the same harsh penalties? These are complex issues that require careful consideration and thoughtful debate, but one thing is clear: the status quo is no longer acceptable, and action must be taken to address the overcrowding crisis in Oregon's prisons.
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