To some observers, the central question is why the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) – the cannabis regulatory agency with a $200 million annual budget and 380 employees, including sworn enforcement officers – would keep granting a chain like La Mota more retail licenses despite its owners allegedly owing government agencies and vendors millions.
The OLCC would not make anyone available to discuss its rules on the record with Willamette Weekly, but in a statement, agency spokesman Mark Pettinger said cannabis regulation is an ever-evolving process… BOLI gave… grant to the brand-new nonprofit ENDVR, co-founded by Cazares [La Mota’s CEO]… the Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries formally terminated a half-million-dollar grant awarded… and asked for the money back… A BOLI spokeswoman declined to give the reason for canceling the grant, but says ENDVR is expected to return all of the remaining grant money not yet spent… the agency has not yet received the unspent funds from ENDVR…
Original Article (KRQE):
The power couple of Oregon cannabis bankrolled top democrats even as their companies’ taxes and bills went unpaid & Oregon allowed la mota to expand with few questions asked, while washington state boasts much stricter rules & A nonprofit co-founded by la mota’s CEO got a half-million dollars from the state
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