The Oregon Liquor Control Commission experienced a surge in marijuana license application submissions after announcing it would temporarily pause processing marijuana license applications. The OLCC set a June 15, 2018 deadline to receive applications before the temporary pause took effect.
Since announcing the temporary pause in late May 2018 the agency received an additional 1001 applications by the June 15 deadline. By comparison the OLCC received 433 marijuana license applications from January 1 to May 31, 2018.
During 2016, the first year the OLCC started accepting marijuana license applications, the agency received 2,055 submissions. In 2017 the OLCC received 1,700 marijuana license applications.
The OLCC will continue to accept recreational marijuana license applications but will set them aside until it progresses through the backlog of work. The OLCC licensing staff has shifted focus to exclusively process recreational marijuana license renewals, and applications for recreational marijuana licenses submitted by the June 15, 2018 deadline. The agency will place a priority on license renewals and changes in business structure filings of existing licensees.
Since April 2016, the OLCC has issued more than 2000 recreational marijuana licenses and almost 30,000 marijuana worker permits.
Source: Oregon Liquor Control Commission