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Wanted: Oregon Marijuana Investigator

Marijuana Investigator

Marijuana Investigator

Licensing Specialist (Marijuana Investigator) – Milwaukie

$3,793.00 – $5,544.00 Monthly
Milwaukie, OR
Job Type
Liquor Control Commission
Job Number
9/29/2017 11:59 PM Pacific


Licensing Specialist (Marijuana Investigator)

The OLCC has three full-time opportunities for Licensing Specialists (Marijuana Investigators) in the Milwaukie/Portland headquarters office.

If you have applied and interviewed for this position at this location in the past year, you need not re-apply.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Licensing Specialist (Marijuana Investigator) ensures that qualified applicants receive liquor and marijuana licenses.  The Licensing Specialist in this position may be licensing alcohol and marijuana, but will be primarily focused on marijuana.  To achieve this, the Licensing Specialist conducts a background investigation and provides specialized training to the applicant.  The Licensing Specialist uses discretionary judgment to plan the scope and direction of investigations.  Investigations include an analysis of the ownership, operation, management of the prospective business, the applicant’s operating proposal, an analysis of the applicant’s OLCC compliance history and business location (if previously licensed), and analysis of the impact of the proposed operation on the community, and a recommendation on granting, restricting, or denying the license.  The Licensing Specialist trains and educates various audiences about statutes, administrative rules, policy and licensing standards used to evaluate applications.

Caseload Management

Manages an active liquor and marijuana license and non-renewal caseload, assessing priorities and using discretion to plan scope and direction of investigations by:

  • Making independent assessments of whether applicants have a habit of abuse, criminal record or otherwise present a poor risk of compliance using the resources available, including analyzing and interpreting technical reports of other professional disciplines such as medical or alcohol treatment reports, police reports and court documents.
  • Reviewing applicants’ business proposals and financial background to verify legitimacy and sufficiency of funds and to detect the presence of unauthorized ownership and/or organized crime.
  • Analyzing information from leases, sales agreements, contracts, corporate documents and partnership agreements to determine ownership and legal access to the business.
  • Interviewing applicants to obtain information about eligibility and assessing credibility.
  • Identifying and applying relevant statutes, rules, case law, Attorney General Opinions and Commission policy to relevant facts.  Analyzing facts to determine eligibility and making recommendation to grant or deny license.
  • Evaluating floor plans, space plans and blue prints of proposed outlets.  Analyzing their sufficiency to meet OLCC operating requirements and the applicant’s operating proposal.
  • Inspecting newly constructed or remodeled alcohol licensed premises to assure that physical layout and business operation comply with statute, rule and Commission policy.
  • Writing clear, complete reports that: summarize investigative facts; evaluate and apply statutes, administrative rules and legal case precedent; and explain conclusion and recommendation.
  • Testifying on behalf of the Commission at administrative law hearings or in court trials.
  • Distributing license applications and instructing applicants in how to complete the forms.  Determining appropriate fees and issue licenses and authorities to operate.  Receipting, handling, transmitting and accounting for funds received in field offices.

Training and Communication

  • Answers inquiries on licensing through routine contacts or participation in public meetings, provides information and training to educate members of the public, applicants, licensees, and governmental officials about OLCC statutes, rules and processes.
  • Serves as OLCC liaison with municipal and county governments, neighborhood crime prevention specialists, neighborhood association representatives, and local law enforcement agencies.  Mediates between involved parties in controversial applications.
  • Confers with and refers violation matters to compliance staff.
  • Communicates with people of diverse cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Recommends new policy to better serve the public, law enforcement community, liquor industry, and government and special interest groups.  Reviews and makes recommendations on proposed or revised administrative rules.
  • Mentors, trains and provides oral and/or written reports on new investigators.
  • Assumes regional manager’s duties and accountability in the manager’s absence, when requested.
  • Reviews, investigates, and approves license applications for Temporary Events as assigned by manager
  • Other duties as assigned.

Closes September 29, 2017. For the complete job description, minimum qualifications and details on how to apply, please go to the Oregon Jobs Website.

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