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Apply to Operate a Medical Marijuana Dispensary

How to Apply or Renew



Online application site: https://mmdapply.oregon.gov

If you have questions about the application or renewal process, please contact us at medmj.dispensaries@state.or.us or 855-244-9580.


NEW DISPENSARY APPLICATION


BEFORE YOU APPLY

Read through the entire "New Dispensary Application" section on this page to learn about the application process and the information you'll need to apply. Also review the rules governing Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries. Visit our FAQ page if you have questions.

Be aware of the following before you apply:

  • Primary Person Responsible for Dispensary (PRD) - You must designate a Primary PRD when you apply. 
  • 1,000 feet from school or other dispensary - Check your proposed dispensary address with the Oregon School Locator Map. This tool helps check if your proposed location meets the required 1,000 foot radius between a dispensary and a school or other registered dispensary. It does not guarantee your location meets the requirements in OAR 333-008-1110; final determination is made by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
  • Information needed - You will need the following to complete the initial online application:
    • Physical and mailing address of proposed dispensary
    • Name, address, phone number and email address for each PRD, owner, or individual who has a financial interest as described in OAR 333-008-0010(29).
    • Valid, government-issued photo identification for each PRD listed on the application, which could be a State Driver's License, State Identification Card, or U.S. Military ID
    • Oregon Secretary of State business name and registration number (active or pending)
  • Payment - Payment may be made by Visa or MasterCard. The fee is $4000, which includes a $3500 registration fee and a $500 non-refundable application fee (required at time of application).

NEW APPLICATION PROCESS

STEP 1. Submit Online Application

  • Create an account and apply online at https://mmdapply.oregon.gov.
  • After you successfully submit your online application, you will be assigned a unique MMD#. Make a note of your MMD# and include it on all forms and correspondence with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
  • You will receive a confirmation email, which you should save or print. If you do not receive this email, check your spam and junk mail filters.

STEP 2. Confirm Your Account

During the online application process, you will create an account with a user name and password.

  • You will receive a separate email asking you to verify your new account. Until you complete this step, you will not be able to sign in to your account. If you do not receive this email, check your spam and junk mail filters.
  • The email you receive will specify your unique identifying MMD#. It is critical that you include this number in all communications with OHA, and that you mark the number on all documents you submit to OHA.

STEP 3. Pay Fees

You have five (5) calendar days to make your payment after submitting your application; otherwise your application will be voided.

  • Pay the $4000 fee, which includes a $3500 registration fee and a $500 non-refundable application fee. You can pay during the online application process, or by using the link in your confirmation email.
  • Your payment must be received before we can process your application.
  • If your payment is not successfully processed, you will need to start over with a new application or follow the instructions in the email that is sent to you.

STEP 4. Submit Required Documents

You have five (5) calendar days* from the date of payment to submit the documents listed below. You may either:

  • Upload documents in PDF format to your online account at https://mmdapply.oregon.gov
    OR
  • Mail documents to:
    Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program
    P.O. Box 14116
    Portland, OR 97293-0116

*Documents must be postmarked no later than the 5th day, or uploaded in PDF format to your account by 5:00 PM on the 5th day.


Required Documents
  • Copy of valid, government-issued photo identification for each person listed on the application (all PRD's and all owners listed). This could be a State Driver's License, State Identification Card, or U.S. Military ID.
  • School Proximity Documentation Form attesting that, to the applicant's knowledge, the proposed dispensary is not within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school
  • Proof that the business is registered, or has filed an application to register as a business, with the Oregon Office of the Secretary of State
  • Written documentation from the jurisdiction that the proposed dispensary is not located in an area that is zoned for residential use.
  • A map or sketch of the parcel or premises on which the proposed dispensary is to be located, including:
    • Directional references, bordering streets and the street names, identification of the building(s) in which the proposed dispensary is to be located, dimensions of the proposed premises of the dispensary, identification of other buildings or property owned by or under the control of the applicant on the same parcel or tax lot as the proposed dispensary that will be used in the business, and identification of any residences on the parcel or tax lot.

STEP 5. Submit Background Check Request

You have five (5) calendar days from the date of payment to submit your background check request, as outlined on the Background Check page. A background check request must be submitted for any person listed on the application.

 

Include your MMD# on every item sent to the OMMP program. 
Items submitted without an MMD# will not be matched to an application.

AFTER YOU APPLY

Application Review

Once the Authority receives your application and payment, it will review the application to the extent necessary to determine compliance with ORS 475B.450 and Oregon Administrative Rules. During the review process, if the Authority determines that the application or supporting documents contain intentionally false or misleading information, the Authority may return the application to the Primary PRD as incomplete or issue a notice of denial.

Notice that Dispensary Meets Initial Criteria

If the proposed dispensary is in compliance with ORS 475B.450 and there is no basis for denial, the Authority will mail a notice to the Primary PRD that the proposed dispensary meets the initial criteria for registration.

Within 30 days of the date the Authority mails this notice, the applicant must submit:

  • Documentation that shows the applicant has lawful possession of the proposed location, such as a copy of the lease or deed.
  • A scaled floor plan sketch of all enclosed areas at the proposed location that will be used in the business, with clear identification of walls, partitions, counters, windows, all areas of ingress and egress, and all limited access areas. Include sufficient graphic detail identifying all spaces and their intended use.

Readiness Inspection

If the authority determines the applicant has submitted all required documentation, the Authority will notify the applicant in writing that the applicant has 60 days from the date of the notice to submit a Readiness Form, indicating the applicant is prepared for an inspection. A readiness inspection should only be requested when the proposed dispensary is in compliance with all of OAR 333-008-1110 through 333-008-1248 and OAR 333-008-2000 through 333-008-2200.

The Authority must perform a site visit for the readiness inspection within 30 days of receiving a timely Readiness Form.

Approval to Operate

If, after the readiness inspection, the Authority determines that the applicant and dispensary are in compliance with all rules, the Authority will provide the Primary PRD with a certificate as proof of registration that includes a unique registration number, and will notify the Primary PRD in writing that the dispensary may operate.

A registered dispensary must at all times display proof of registration in a prominent place inside the dispensary. It must be easily visible to individuals authorized to transfer marijuana items to the dispensary, and individuals who are authorized to receive a transfer of marijuana items from the dispensary.

If, after the readiness inspection, the Authority determines that the dispensary is not in compliance with the rules, the Authority may:

  • Give 10 business days for the dispensary to come into compliance;
  • Propose to deny the application in accordance with OAR 333-008-1060; or
  • Consider the application to be incomplete.

Extension Request

An applicant may request an extension of up to 60 days to complete readiness. A request for an extension must be in writing and include documentation demonstrating that the deadline cannot be met for reasons outside the applicant's control, such as inability to obtain building permits in a timely manner. Download the Extension Request form.

Application Not Approved

If your application is not approved, the $3,500 registration fee will be refunded to the credit card account submitted, and you will receive a letter explaining the reason(s) why your application was not approved.

To Check Application Status

If you would like to check the status of your application, please sign in to your account at https://mmdapply.oregon.gov.

 

RENEWAL APPLICATION


RENEWAL TIMELINE

A dispensary’s registration expires one year following the date of approval. A dispensary registrant must submit an application for renewal not more than 90 but at least 60 calendar days before the registration expires.

  • A registrant who files a completed renewal application with the Authority at least 60 calendar days before the registration expires may continue to operate, even after the registration expiration date, pending a decision on the renewal application by the Authority.
  • If a dispensary registrant does not submit a renewal application and pay the registration fees prior to the expiration date, the registration will expire and will no longer be valid.

NOTE: If your dispensary registration has already expired, you must follow the new application process and get a new MMD#, which will be processed in the order received. This could result in your application being denied if another application for a location within 1,000 feet is submitted before yours.

  • Renewals will be processed in accordance with OAR 333-008-1040 to 333-008-1060, as applicable.
  • A dispensary that does not submit timely renewal documentation may be subject to the imposition of civil penalties.

BEFORE YOU RENEW

Read through the entire "Renewal Application" section on this page to learn about the renewal process and the information you'll need in order to renew. You should also review the rules governing Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries. Visit our FAQ page if you have questions.

Be aware of the following before you renew:

  • Information needed - Gather the following information before you renew your application online, in case changes need to be made:
    • Valid, government-issued photo identification for each PRD listed on the application, which could be a State Driver's License, State Identification Card, or U.S. Military ID
    • Oregon Secretary of State business name and registration number (active or pending)
  • Payment - Payment may be made by Visa or MasterCard. The fee is $4000, which includes a $3500 registration fee and a $500 non-refundable application fee (required at time of application).

RENEWAL PROCESS

STEP 1. Submit Online Renewal Application

  • Sign in to your account at https://mmdapply.oregon.gov.
  • Click the "Renewal" link near the top of the screen. This link only appears during the renewal window.
  • Complete your online application, making changes to existing data as needed.
  • After you submit your online renewal, you will receive a confirmation email, which you should save and print. 

STEP 2. Pay Fees

You have five (5) calendar days to make your payment after submitting your renewal application.

  • Pay the $4000 fee, which includes a $3500 registration fee and a $500 non-refundable application fee. You can pay during the online application process, or by using the link in your confirmation email.
  • Your payment must be received before we can process your application.
  • If your payment is not successfully processed, you will need to start a new renewal application or follow the instructions in the email that is sent to you.

STEP 3. Submit Required Documents

You have five (5) calendar days* from the date of payment to submit the documents listed below. You may either:

  • Upload documents in PDF format to your online account at http://mmdapply.oregon.gov
    OR
  • Mail documents to:
    Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program
    P.O. Box 14116
    Portland, OR 97293-0116

*Documents must be postmarked no later than the 5th day, or uploaded in PDF format to your account by 5:00 PM on the 5th day.


Required Documents
  • Copy of valid, government-issued photo identification for each person listed on the application (all PRD's and all owners listed). This could be a State Driver's License, State Identification Card, or U.S. Military ID.
  • School Proximity Documentation Form attesting that, to the applicant's knowledge, the proposed dispensary is not within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school
  • Proof that the business is registered, or has filed an application to register as a business, with the Oregon Office of the Secretary of State
  • Written documentation from the jurisdiction that the proposed dispensary is not located in an area that is zoned for residential use.
  • A map or sketch of the parcel or premises on which the proposed dispensary is to be located, including:
    • Directional references, bordering streets and the street names, identification of the building(s) in which the proposed dispensary is to be located, dimensions of the proposed premises of the dispensary, identification of other buildings or property owned by or under the control of the applicant on the same parcel or tax lot as the proposed dispensary that will be used in the business, and identification of any residences on the parcel or tax lot.

STEP 4. Submit Background Check Request

You have five (5) calendar days from the date of payment to submit your background check request, as outlined on the Background Check page. A background check request must be submitted for any person listed on the application.

 

Include your MMD# on every item sent to the OMMP program.
Items submitted without an MMD# will not be matched to an application.


AFTER YOU RENEW

Application Review

Your renewal application will be reviewed according to the rules governing the registration of Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries.

Application Approved

If your renewal application is approved, you will receive a certificate which must be displayed within the dispensary as proof of registration.

Application Not Approved

If your renewal application is not approved, your $3,500 registration fee will be refunded to the credit card account submitted and you will receive a letter explaining the reason(s) your application was not approved.​​​​​​​​​​​​​