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Posted on: August 26, 2020

Deadline to Apply for Marijuana Retail Store Licenses is August 31

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Despite the ongoing litigation, the City of Portland is reminding the public that the deadline for businesses to apply for a marijuana retail store license in Portland is Monday, August 31, 2020. The applications are available on the City’s Business License page. Completed applications can be emailed to Staff will email an invoice following review of the completed application. 

The City of Portland’s marijuana ordinance that establishes the types of marijuana businesses that can be licensed to operate in the city went into effect on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The ordinance also establishes the rules of these businesses, the fee schedule, a 20-license cap on retail marijuana stores, a 250’ buffer between retail stores, and the method of allocating retail licenses. 

The 2016 Marijuana Legalization Act gave municipalities the authority to regulate the operation of marijuana businesses. In preparation for retail adult use sales, a City staff working group researched and prepared marijuana business licensing recommendations. The Health and Human Services & Public Safety Committee and the Economic Development Committee met five times starting on August 8, 2019, and used the staff recommendations and public and industry feedback to create regulations that will govern marijuana businesses in the city including the licensing scheme businesses will use to enter this new market. At the February 25, 2020 meeting, the committees finalized a recommendation to the full council that includes capping the number of retail marijuana stores in the city at 20 in order to avoid market disruption, requiring a 250’ buffer between stores to prevent clustering, and also includes a scoring system to determine the order that completed and satisfactory applications are approved up until the cap is met. 

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