On August 14, 2013, Governor Kitzhaber signed House Bill 3460 into law, authorizing the Oregon Health Authority to establish procedures to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.
About the rulemaking processOn September 4, the Oregon Health Authority appointed a rules advisory committee to advise the agency as the rules for medical marijuana dispensaries are drafted. The rules
advisory committee for HB 3460 represents a broad engagement of stakeholders, including law
enforcement, patients, dispensary owners and advocates. The committee was
chosen based on recommendations submitted by the Oregon Medical Marijuana
Program’s advisory committee, Oregon law enforcement agencies, advocates representing
patients and dispensaries, legislators and others.
The rules will be in place by January 31, 2014, allowing
time for the Oregon Health Authority to have in place a process to begin
receiving applications for medical marijuana dispensaries on March 1, 2014 as required by the
provisions of HB 3460.
Rules advisory committee meetings
committee's next meeting will be Wednesday, December 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Hearing Room F at the Oregon State Capitol, 900 Court Street NE, Salem, OR
97301. Check the agenda below
for a link to the live streaming video and a phone number for those who wish to
listen to the meetings by telephone (this conference line will be listen-only).
PLEASE NOTE: Due to scheduling difficulties, this meeting must end promptly at 12:00 p.m. The public comment period may be limited. Comments are also accepted via e-mail at email@example.com.
What is the legal status of medical marijuana dispensaries operating in Oregon today?
sections of HB 3460 that authorize the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to
register medical marijuana facilities do not go into effect until March 1,
2014. A person responsible for a registered marijuana facility is not
excepted from the criminal laws governing possession, delivery or production of
marijuana as specified in ORS 475.309 until March 1, 2014, and then only if the
facility has been registered by OHA.
Nothing in Oregon law protects dispensaries, growers, caregivers or patients from federal prosecution.
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