Between COVID-19 and the wildfires it has been fairly a 12 months for Oregon hashish. One the one hand, gross sales had been up significantly by means of mid-summer, however, many growers, particularly in southern Oregon and Lane County had been significantly adversely affected by the wildfires that consumed a lot of the State. As we wrote about in September here, one in 5 licensed companies had been in evacuation protocols. Marijuana companies affected by the fires had been ineligible for federal catastrophe reduction and dispensaries in Portland had been targets of break-ins at the very least 47 occasions over the summer season. Maybe one brilliant spot, should you can name it that, has been the eviction moratorium.
Common readers might recall that on April 1, Governor Brown signed Government Order 20-13, which imposed a brief moratorium on evictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Order 20-13 was set to run out on July 1, 2020, and so the Oregon Legislature took up Home Invoice 4213 (“HB 4213”) so as to lengthen the moratorium on residential and business evictions for nonpayment of hire. Governor Brown signed HB 4213 into legislation on the finish of June. The Governor issued one other order, Executive Order 20-56 in late September, extending the moratorium till the tip of the 12 months – however just for residential properties.
On November 22, Oregon lawmakers took up a proposal to increase the state’s residential eviction moratorium and create an help fund to help landlords. (Hat tip to Jamie Goldberg of the Oregonian). This new proposal would lengthen the moratorium till June 30, 2021 and require tenants to pay all again hire on July 1. What doesn’t seem within the Lease Housing Stabilization Proposal that I reviewed is any safety for business renters. Perhaps this can be a good factor, perhaps not.
We wish to see lawmakers take into account particular protections and applications for Oregon hashish companies affected by the wildfires who’re ineligible for federal help. (Although Senators Wyden and Merkeley have sponsored a invoice change to that on the federal stage.) Lastly, it’s a time to be grateful and I wish to thank the Oregon hashish companies that launched a reduction fund in Jackson County to assist individuals who misplaced their houses. You could find out extra on the Jackson County Fireplace Reduction Fund by United Means webpage– and donate – here.