Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Progra
August 15th dispensary application update
On July 25th, the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program approved five dispensary applications. On August 8th, fourteen applications were approved. On August 15th, six applications were approved. The dispensaries may open for business as soon as they receive their registration certificates in the mail. >> See the directory of approved dispensaries.
Proposed Rulemaking Hearing
The Oregon Health Authority is proposing to permanently adopt rules in chapter 333, division 8 to govern the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, as required by Senate Bill 1531. A public hearing will be held on August 18th in Salem. Visit the Rules page for more information.
A note about local government issues
The law requires the Oregon Health Authority to develop and implement a process to register medical marijuana facilities, which must be located on property zoned for commercial, industrial, mixed use or agriculture uses only. The issue of whether a local government believes a certain type of business should operate within one of these zones is a local government decision.
On March 19, 2014, Senate Bill 1531 was signed into law. SB 1531 gives local governments the ability to impose certain regulations and restrictions on the operation of medical marijuana dispensaries, including the ability to impose a moratorium for a period of time up until May 1, 2015. The law also authorizes the Oregon Health Authority to issue refunds upon request to dispensary applicants whose facilities are located in an area that falls under a moratorium.
Read the list of cities and counties that have enacted a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. The Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program was last notified by a city or county of changes to this list on 5/21/14. This list includes only cities and counties that have submitted documentation of a moratorium to the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, consistent with the rules implementing SB 1531. The Oregon Health Authority is only authorized to offer a full refund to applicants and licensees whose dispensaries are located in an area named on this list.
Board of Pharmacy registration
After discussions with the Oregon Board of Pharmacy and the Oregon Health Authority, each is in agreement that there are no requirements under the provisions of 475.125 for any individual applying for registration to operate a medical marijuana facility as defined in ORS 475.314 to register with the Board of Pharmacy.