SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon lawmakers will consider a request next week for nearly $600,000 to get started making rules for legal marijuana.
By one state estimate, regulating recreational pot will eventually require up to 30 workers and a two-year budget of $6.4 million.
The Oregonian reports the state Liquor Control Commission is seeking approval for four initial positions: a program manager, two policy analysts and a public affairs staffer.
The commission says time is short – the measure Oregon voters approved last month goes into effect July 1.
The request will be considered by a subcommittee Monday and go before the Emergency Board Wednesday. The board is made up of legislative leaders who can allocate money from a contingency fund when the Legislature isn’t in session.