Are you looking to establish an OLCC licensed recreational marijuana business?

If you are anything like me, you have contemplated a myriad of ways to start a cannabis based business. Everything from growing to refining and sales have business plans associated with them in the magnetic archives of my computer. The hardest part for me has always been financing but other entrepreneurs have their own challenges in getting their dream business off the ground.

Given the federal status of cannabis and the constantly changing state regulations it can be difficult to know what is useful info and what is outdated junk. The folks over at the OHA and OLCC have worked with a multitude of agencies and individuals to supply the recreation grower and distributor community with a guidebook. This book is designed give info outside the OLCC rules and regulations to budding businesses. They also have committed to updating the info inside to be as up-to-date as a government agency can.

Navigating through the regulatory framework can be complicated for even the most competent researcher. Beyond needing to understand the legalese of the law itself, there are many elements that are outside the scope of the laws verbiage. Contact Lists for government agencies, business planning and zoning info and best practices seem to be the meat and bones of it.

Although government agencies are unable to give legal advice on business decisions, you can use the list of agencies and their contact info to find further clarification on a specific section or topic. This makes all the difference in the world when hard deadlines approach. Knowing who and how to contact the individuals and agencies you need can be tough to keep track of. Having all that info in one place and easily searched is a real boon.

In addition to contact info, the guide dedicates a whole section to preparing for business. Things like business planning, employment laws and zoning compliance are covered in detail. The guide is full of links to the sites and pages needed to navigate the miasma of regulations.

All businesses in the State of Oregon are required to register with the Secretary of State to obtain a business number.  This number will be requested on the OLCC recreational marijuana application and the guide gives you all the resources needed to get this part taken care of. If you are in the early stages of starting your business, licensing and forms are going to be integral to moving forward.

The business operations section covers everything from the types of scales needed for operations to waste management and energy. This section is quite expansive, taking up 18 of the 35 page guide. If your business is already past the permitting stage, this is likely where you will be turning. For example, I didn’t realize growers and producers may have to pretreatment waste water before flushing it down the sewer until I read it in the guide.

These are just a few examples of what is contained within the guide. I suggest checking it out, even if you aren’t in the process of opening a cannabis based business. It’s free to access and will only make you more knowledgeable on the challenges and regulations that entrepreneurs are facing. Thanks for reading!