US (OR): Oregon is now the first State that can export cannabis

Since cannabis is still federally outlawed, state-legal cannabis companies can’t ship cannabis products across state lines. But that may soon change if an Oregon export program can clear two more bureaucratic hurdles, one of which requires the federal government to greenlight the program.

On Thursday, Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown signed SB 582, informally known as the cannabis “export bill.” The bill allows Oregon cannabis companies to transport weed to other US states that also have legal cannabis programs.

“This is a very strong statement by the Oregon Legislature, and one that will reverberate across the country,” Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D), one of the bill’s sponsors, said in a press release last week. “The future of this industry is that cannabis will primarily be grown where it grows best, and most efficiently, and most sustainably. That’s what functioning legal markets do.”

To legally export cannabis, partner states must first consent to import Oregon’s shipments, meaning the other states must pass similar bills or ordinances to accept the Beaver State’s cannabis.


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