Between COVID-19 and the wildfires it has been quite a year for Oregon cannabis. One the one hand, sales were up significantly through mid-summer, on the other hand, many growers, especially in southern Oregon and Lane County were significantly adversely affected by the wildfires that consumed much of the State. As we wrote about in September here, one in five licensed businesses were in evacuation protocols. Marijuana businesses affected by the fires were ineligible for federal disaster relief and dispensaries in Portland were targets of break-ins at least 47 times over the summer. Perhaps one bright spot, if you can call it that, has been the eviction moratorium.
Regular readers may recall that on April 1, Governor Brown signed Executive Order 20-13, which imposed a temporary moratorium on evictions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Order 20-13 was set to expire on July 1, 2020, and so the Oregon Legislature took up House Bill 4213 (“HB 4213”) in order to extend the moratorium on residential and commercial evictions for nonpayment of rent. Governor Brown signed HB 4213 into law at the end of June. The Governor issued another order, Executive Order 20-56 in late September, extending the moratorium