Greetings from everyone at Green Light Law Group. We hope this finds you well and carrying on. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the firm is and will remain OPEN FOR BUSINESS throughout this COVID-19 crisis. We are all working remotely and holding meetings over the phone or via video conference.
Here are some important steps to take now for business continuity:
- Communicate – Take the pulse and listen to all the key players in your business, from employees to suppliers and investors, everyone has something important to contribute to decision making and should feel included in the process.
- Know Your Options – Now is the time to speak with your advisers, consultants, lawyers, etc. and understand the lay of the land for your business in terms of obligations, flexibility and best practices.
- Make a Plan – Set a plan for the coming months. It doesn’t need to be perfect, and it will be revised along the way, but having a plan in place will help you to get back into action moving forward.
Green Light is here to help you navigate challenges and anticipate the best courses of action, please reach out if you need us (503) 488-5424.
PREPARING RULE CHANGE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OLCC
Green Light Law Group, in collaboration with key industry stakeholders, is preparing to make recommendations to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for rule changes we feel are necessary to address this crisis. Here is a non-exhaustive list of key changes will propose:
- The Commission should route all retail delivery applications to the front of the queue and ensure that they receive priority, expedited processing.
- The Commission should rescind OAR 845-025-8520(10) and allow drive-up and walk-up sales.
- The Commission should expedite all floor plan change requests which are reasonably related to increasing health and safety at licensed premises.
- The Commission should pause all enforcement actions, to allow affected licensees to concentrate resources on their businesses and employees rather than dealing with the stress, uncertainty, and adverse economic effects of license suspension/revocation.
- The Commission should allow curbside delivery, with appropriate safeguards including turning cameras out to the delivery area, checking all IDs on camera, etc.
- The Commission should temporarily relax the delivery rules to allow across jurisdiction delivery and not require manifests for home deliveries.
- The Commission, Legislature, and Governor’s Office should declare marijuana retail stores “essential locations” which may remain open in the event of a “shelter in place” order. Most consumers who use marijuana for medicinal purposes purchase from recreational dispensaries and do not necessarily have medical cards.
These changes will greatly help our industry weather the storm and continue to serve Oregonians. The more supporters we have attached to these recommendations, the more weight it will carry with the OLCC. Please reach out directly to Andrew DeWeese at firstname.lastname@example.org
as soon as possible to make your voice heard, to register your support for these recommendations, or to suggest additional changes, and please share this far and wide.