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BEND, OR -- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has named who will serve on the advisory committee tasked with creating rules for the state's new recreational pot industry. Hunter Neubauer with OreGrown, here in Bend, is the lone local representative on the committee. He tells KBND, "I'm very happy the OLCC is being so motivated and open to work with industry professionals in an industry so new, and with so many things to work out."

 

Neubauer says the Rules Advisory Committee has yet to meet, but hopes to come together, but he expects that to change next month. "Our vision is that medical and rec will work together from a rules standpoint. We need to create efficiencies as well as have fair regulations and fair taxation. I'm 100% supportive of taxing and regulating and tracking. Our goals are to get rid of the black market and bring safe products to the marketplace."

 

The 15 members of the committee come from the marijuana industry, law enforcement, local governments and the public. "One of my goals is to make sure we work within the confines of regulation and taxation and make sure that regulations and taxation won't effect the implementation in a negative way," Neubauer says. Recreational marijuana use becomes legal July first, and applications for retail outlets will start to be accepted by the OLCC in January 2016.

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