Bulletin Staff Report

A Deschutes County Planning Commission member will join the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as its seventh member, representing the state east of the Cascades.

Hugh Palcic will start participating in OLCC meetings June 20, the agency announced Wednesday.

The OLCC regulates marijuana as well as liquor.

Palcic said he was encouraged to apply for the commission seat, which has been vacant since it was created. He thinks that his experience with land use issues will be helpful to the commission. He was nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and appointed by the Oregon Senate.

Deschutes County residents narrowly voted in favor of allowing the production and sale of marijuana, and local government has taken a skeptical stance toward the industry. Deschutes is the only Oregon county to charge fees to marijuana growing operations.

“I certainly want it to be regulated to a manner that creates a safe environment,” Palcic said.

Palcic works as general manager of the Sunriver Owners Association.