OLCC Looks At Marijuana Taxes

MEDFORD, Ore. — Measure 91 is a controversial topic on the November ballot, one which could cost the state, and bring in money. If recreational pot is legalized, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) will be in charge or taxing it. In Colorado, the recreational marijuana taxing process has not been nearly as successful as state … Continue reading »

OLCC Reacts to Marijuana Measure

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Liquor and Control Commission is getting ready for what could become Oregon’s recreational marijuana market. Oregonians will get to vote on legalization of recreational marijuana in November, if enough of the 145 thousand signatures last week are valid. The ballot measure sets the OLCC as the regulatory body. Officials say … Continue reading »

OLCC Preparing for Marijuana Vote

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is getting ready for what could become the first market for recreational marijuana in Oregon. Last week the political action committee New Approach Oregon submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure in November. That measure would create a recreational market with the OLCC as its … Continue reading »

Liquor Privatization Measure Withdrawn

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is commenting on a series of now-dead ballot measures that would have allowed Oregonians to vote on privatizing liquor sales. They say those measures would have given too much control to grocery stores. Political group Oregonians for Competition retracted all eight versions of a ballot measure that would … Continue reading »

Rule Changes Allow Tap Room to Open

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council is getting rid of technicalities that were preventing a new business from opening downtown. Griess Family Brews had wanted to open a taproom earlier this year. But because they did not serve food, they were classified by the OLCC as an “adult business.” Because of that … Continue reading »

Stores Sell Alcohol to Underage Customer

MEDFORD, Ore. – Sunday an underage customer between 18 and 20 walked into the Thrifty Nifty Market and 9 others in Medford in an attempt to buy alcohol. The attempts were part of a police operation and resulted in three stores selling to the minor including this location on west Jackson Street. When underage customers … Continue reading »

OLCC Holiday Safety Campaign

SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is giving holiday partiers ideas on how to get home safely. December is Drinking and Drugged Driving Awareness Month. The OLCC has produced a series of YouTube Videos to remind drivers to stay sober and get home safely. The campaign urges responsible habits like designated drivers, food … Continue reading »

OLCC to Change Liquor Store Restrictions

MEDFORD, Ore. — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is loosening restrictions on liquor stores looking to sell beer and wine. As of Friday, those stores can now apply to carry those items on the shelves. Up until now, liquor stores have been divided up into two groups, exclusive and non-exclusive. In other words: can they … Continue reading »

Oregon Could See Liquor Sales Expansion

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon is taking a step toward making beer, wine and liquor more accessible. The state’s liquor control board has approved the sale of beer and wine at liquor stores. The approval was just granted Thursday night, so the OLCC, grocery stores and liquor stores are still trying to figure out what is … Continue reading »

New Bar at Former Shenanigans Site

MEDFORD, Ore. — The former location of Shenanigans Irish Pub could soon host a new venue, and the new owner says he wants to avoid the legal issues that plagued the former bar. Jeff Rahenkamp, the owner of Phat Kat Tattoo is planning to open a new bar called The Pub” at the former Shenanigans … Continue reading »