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Marijuana business owner reacts to OLCC announcement

A marijuana cigarette for sale at Breeze Botanicals, one of Brie Malarkey's businesses. 

Yesterday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commision (OLCC) announced that they will work with Oregon State Police to share information on illegal marijuana grows.

The Executive Director of the OLLC said it was "really good news for all the growers that made the investment to get into the legal system."

Today, News 10 reached out to local marijuana business owners to hear if they agreed with the OLCC's assesment.

Brie Malarkey, the owner of 3 marijuana related business including Breeze Botanicals, Sun God Medicinals, and Sunna Ra Acres, said that the collaboration might be positive for Oregon.

"There is a role for state police to be able to help enforce. I think it's great [that OSP and the OLCC are] going to be working together. We need to be able to prove to Washington D.C. that all the agencies and private people like myself can work together to build a great program for our state." Malarkey said.

Malarkey says she has seen citizens sell marijuana through the website Craigslist.

"If you're going to build this program, you're going to need to enforce it. I have to charge a 20 percent tax on all cannabis to go through the state. Is it fair that people can buy cannabis on Craigslist or work outside of the legal system?"Malarkey stated.

Malarkey says that many agricultural workers will chose to work for illegal marijuana farms because employees can sometimes make more money through non-taxed wages.

"It can be challenging when we're trying to find farm workers. We're offering workers compensation, we pay their social security and federal taxes, and people say 'oh I can make more money at this farm under the table.' They don't realize that if they get injured there's no repercussions. If illegal activities happen, something could happen. I think for workers' rights, we need to bring people out of the black market into the legal market."



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