Oregon liquor commission will help state police crack down on illegal cannabis grows

The OLCC will allocate some of the tax revenue from licensed cannabis sales to fund teams of OLCC investigators and state police in Medford, Eugene, and Portland. There are currently two OLCC investigators and two inspectors in the Medford area, but five more inspectors will be hired to assist the investigations. The agency has increased its budget for cannabis operations from $8.3 million to $14.3 million, and will add 40 more staff positions.

Marks said that the new partnership will bring the state in line with the Cole memo, a 2013 directive from the Department of Justice that warns canna-legal states that they must prevent black market marijuana from being smuggled out of their states. “OSP has the expertise and resources to figure out which law enforcement agencies need to be involved, whether it’s a city police department or multi-agency task force,” Marks said. “Together we can address that gray area, illegal grows and processing sites that OLCC doesn’t have the ability to regulate and bring forward for prosecution.”

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