Between COVID-19 and the wildfires it has been fairly a 12 months for Oregon hashish. One the one hand, gross sales have been up significantly via mid-summer, alternatively, many growers, particularly in southern Oregon and Lane County have 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 have been in evacuation protocols. Marijuana companies affected by the fires have been ineligible for federal catastrophe reduction and dispensaries in Portland have been targets of break-ins not less than 47 instances over the summer time. Maybe one shiny spot, if you happen to can name it that, has been the eviction moratorium.
Common readers could 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”) with the intention to prolong the moratorium on residential and industrial evictions for nonpayment of lease. Governor Brown signed HB 4213 into regulation 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 prolong the moratorium till June 30, 2021 and require tenants to pay all again lease on July 1. What doesn’t seem within the Hire Housing Stabilization Proposal that I reviewed is any safety for industrial renters. Perhaps this can be a good factor, possibly not.
We want to see lawmakers take into account particular protections and packages 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 degree.) Lastly, it’s a time to be grateful and I want to thank the Oregon hashish companies that launched a reduction fund in Jackson County to assist individuals who misplaced their houses. You’ll find out extra on the Jackson County Hearth Aid Fund by United Approach webpage– and donate – here.