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Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensaries
Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program

Overview

Proposed Rulemaking Hearings

The Oregon Health Authority is proposing to permanently adopt and amend rules in chapter 333, division 8 to govern the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program, as required by House Bill 3460. Public hearings will be held in late May in Bend, Eugene, Medford, and Portland. For details please consult the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Hearing document. Visit the Rules page for more information.

April 11 Update on Dispensary Application Processing

On April 11, the Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program approved 11 dispensary applications, bringing the total number of approved applications to 43. The dispensaries may open for business as soon as they receive their registration certificates in the mail.

Of the 11 approved dispensaries, nine waived confidentiality in order to allow the Oregon Health Authority to publish a directory of dispensary locations.

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.

Update:

Read the list of cities and counties that have enacted a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries, current as of 4/17/14. 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.