Since the beginning of 2016, Oregon’s marijuana industry has grossed almost $75 million. But the organizations entitled to some of those tax dollars haven’t seen any funding yet. Funds are to be distributed to the Common School Fund, State Police and various other organizations.
The Oregon Health Authority is also authorized to receive tax funds for drug and alcohol education programs, Newsweek reports. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) must be reimbursed for its initial funding of the program before other distributions take place. The OLCC had to fund its own administrative costs in the beginning.
The state has to pay the OLCC back.
Mark Pettinger of the OLCC says that the patiently waiting organizations won’t be waiting too much longer. OLCC received a $13-million loan for its administrative costs and has until September to repay it. The loan only covers roughly half of those administrative costs.
Once the outstanding finances are taken care of, the OLCC can start sending disbursements to the organizations.