The Senate revisited an issue that recently failed the Senate floor. In a contentious debate early-April, the Senate, on a 13-17 vote rejected Senate Bill 218A, a bill to place a temporary moratorium on new Oregon Liquor Control Commission marijuana production licenses.

The bill was identified as a key step to addressing the six and a half year oversupply of marijuana in Oregon.

Bill carrier, Senator Michael Dembrow, in his floor speech, called out Oregon’s exceptional agricultural production opportunities and noted that it has caused a substantial issue when it comes to marijuana, “there’s a lot of concern that this oversupply is harming the legal market and is leaking into the black market. That has become a real problem.”

General opposition against the bill in debate centered around limiting the free market and the capit