Bulletin staff report

Beginning Thursday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin checking to ensure that employees at licensed recreational marijuana businesses have valid marijuana worker permits, the commission announced in a news release Wednesday.

OLCC recreational marijuana licensees are required to employ only individuals who hold a valid permit, with the exception of OLCC-­licensed labs or employees whose duties do not include the recording, securing or handling of marijuana.

A licensee employing anyone without a valid permit will be cited for a Class 3 violation, according to the release. A first-time violation can result in a 10-day license suspension or $1,650 fine.