Oregon Cannabis Guide 2016

Read the 2016 Oregon Cannabis Guide!

Your Annual Mini-Magazine About All Things Weed Has Arrived

Cannabuzz: Just Don't Call It a Bud and Breakfast

A Look at the Cannabis-Friendly North Fork 53 Homestead

Cannabuzz: Weed Reads

What to Read Before—and After—You Get High

That Show About the Weed Guy

Web Series High Maintenance Makes a Successful Transition to HBO

Weed Begins at 40

How I Got Back into the Pot Game

Ask a Pot Lawyer: Are We Headed Toward "Big Canna"?

Are Giant Marijuana Companies on the Way?

Ask a Pot Lawyer: How to Get Your Weed Worker Permit

It’s Not Hard, But You’ll Need to Study Up—and Pony Up

It’s Like a Humidor for Your Weed

We Tried Out the Cannador Storage System

The Future of Oregon's Weed Industry

Our Cannabis Programs Are the Best in the Country

My Roommate, the Weed Chemist

A Conversation with Green Leaf Lab About Canna Science

Returning Column!

You're Wrong About That: The 420 Edition

The Stoner Games

Perfect Summer Games to Play Under the Influence of Weed

How to be High in Public

(Don't Actually Do Any of These Things)

Do I really have to pay $100 to work in recreational marijuana?

YES, YOU REALLY DO. And you must pass a test and a criminal background check. If you conquer these three labors like a modern-day Heracles, you should be golden.

Oregon recently followed Colorado’s lead in requiring that weed industry workers carry papers. Whereas Colorado workers sport classy “badges,” however, Oregon workers will just be getting “permits.” This permit requirement applies to everyone toiling in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s (OLCC) seed-to-sale system. Their counterparts in the medical marijuana program, as well as lab and research certificate employees, are exempt. So if you really, really hate tests, or you are a pauper or felonious type, this may not be your enterprise.

The test itself is a breezy, 30-question, multiple-choice affair, whereby one must demonstrate minimum competency (21 correct answers) on a computer. In that regard, it feels a bit like a DMV exercise. The pot exam is nicer, though, because you can take it in the comfort of your home. It’s also no big deal if your eyes are bad, and no one inquires about your weight or the fate of your organs. Most of the test questions are based on program rules; others are common-sense “how to do life” stuff. I know these things because I took the test myself. And I was pleased to pass.

If the OLCC is reading this, I hope they will not mind if I give a few gentle pointers. One is to read through the helpful “education materials” posted on the OLCC website. Another is to avoid choosing the following wrong answers, which were included on my exam: (1) it is okay to smoke pot as a customer tutorial; (2) it is okay to smoke pot in the parking lot with a customer to “make it legal”; and (3) you cannot sell marijuana to old people. Altogether, the pot exam is sort of fun to take and if you start to mess up, you can really steer into it.

Assuming you pass, I should advise that any permittee who fails to follow program rules is subject to a five-headed hydra of possible administrative sanctions, and that employers themselves may be liable for employee misdeeds. If a permittee or employer wishes to challenge an OLCC sanction, that challenge can be heard before an administrative law judge. The judge reviews the OLCC decision and asks herself if the decision is subject to reversal for being “arbitrary and capricious.” Then, she tends to decide that it was not.

The idea behind pot worker permits is similar to the OLCC requirement for alcohol service permits, although alcohol permits are not required for back-end industry workers. With pot, however, states tend to regulate comprehensively, because the federal government expects it. So sharpen your pencils and empty your change bowls. The permitting process is now underway.