Clipboard in hand, Leslie Kleinkopf stepped into the converted workshop and looked up.
She scanned the entry for sensors that detect open doors. She glanced around for security cameras and looked on as owner Chris Ford showed her how his battery backup keeps the cameras rolling even when the power goes off.
Check, check and check.
Kleinkopf does two to three marijuana inspections a day, looking for all the ways pot can leak out of a system that regulators spent more than a year creating and find its way into the black market.
“We don’t want the whole market to walk out the door,” she said.
Kleinkopf is one of nearly three dozen Oregon Liquor Control Commission staffers working to review hundreds of applications for marijuana licenses. The agency, created in 1933 to control alcohol distribution and sales after Prohibition was repealed, is adjusting to its new mission: regulating marijuana.
The liquor commission has been swamped with applications – more than 1,300 and counting – from people hoping to operate a legal cannabis business in the state. So far, the state has licensed about 200 marijuana businesses, almost all of them marijuana growers.