PROGRAM RULES AND LEGAL ADVICE
How can I find the rules that apply to me?
Please visit our Rules page and use the guide below as a reference:
- Most of the definitions are in OAR 333-008-0010.
- Rules that apply to patients and caregivers can be found mainly in OAR 333-008-0020 to 333-008-0080.
- Rules that apply to growers and grow sites can be found mainly in OAR 333-008-0033, 333-008-0037, 333-008-0047, 333-008-0500 to 333-008-0640.
- Rules that apply to dispensaries are OAR 333-008-1000 to 333-008-1248 and 333-008-2000 to 333-008-2200.
- Rules that apply to processors are OAR 333-008-1600 to 333-008-2200.
- Labeling rules can be found in OAR 333-007-0010 to 333-007-0100.
- Concentration and serving size limits can be found in OAR 333-007-0200 to 333-007-0220.
- Cannabis testing requirements can be found in OAR 333-007-0300 to 333-007-0490.
- Accreditation of laboratories can be found in OAR 333-064-0100 to 333-064-0110.
How do I find out about rulemaking, rule changes and other updates regarding the medical marijuana program?
Individuals can subscribe to receive email updates related to medical marijuana.
Can the OMMP give me legal advice?
No. If you have questions about compliance with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act you should consult a private attorney.
CONTACTING THE OMMP
How do I contact OMMP?
If you have a question that isn't answered here, please refer to the areas listed here: contact us. Staff are available from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday to answer calls for Patient Questions 971-673-1234 and for Dispensaries or Processing sites call 1-855-244-9580. We cannot verify or send confidential information by email. We do not provide any on-site services.
Are there any days the OMMP office is closed?
Yes, we are closed on some holidays. View state office holiday closure dates.
CANNABIS TRACKING SYSTEM
What is CTS?
CTS stands for Cannabis Tracking System. It is the online software reporting system used to track and manage the production, processing, and transferring of marijuana by growers, processors, and dispensaries through OLCC. CTS may also be referred to as “Metrc” (Marijuana Enforcement Tracking Regulatory Compliance), or more generally, “Seed-to-Sale” tracking.
Who is required to use CTS?
All registered processors and dispensaries. Also, all growers except those patients that grow only for themselves at a grow site with no more than 12 mature plants.
When will CTS be required to be used by growers, processors, and dispensaries?
All required growers, processors, and dispensaries must start using CTS on or before July 1, 2018. OMMP is working with OLCC on setting up CTS for registrants. The program will share information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, all growers, processors, and dispensaries should continue reporting monthly to OMMP.
Where can I find information on CTS?
OMMP will post information on its website
specific to medical registrants as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can visit the OLCC website
for information on the Cannabis Tracking System.
How do I sign up to use CTS?
Information on how to sign up to use CTS will be available in early 2018. CTS will be ready to use on or before July 1, 2018.
Is there a fee associated with using CTS?
Yes. There is an annual fee of $480. The initial fee will be charged upon signing up to use CTS which will not occur until later in the spring of 2018. The actual dates are not known at this time, please refer back to OHA’s website for more details and sign up for OMMP Updates.
Why is the fee $480.00?
This is the annual cost to use the system. The $480 will not be kept by the OMMP. The OMMP will collect it from growers, processors, dispensaries registered with our program and transfer it to the Marijuana Control and Regulation Fund.
Ultimately the money will be used by OLCC to pay for the administration of CTS.
When is the $480 CTS fee due?
OMMP and OLCC are working on implementation of CTS for medical growers, processors, and dispensaries. Once the system is set in place, OMMP will instruct registrants of when and how to pay the fee. Do not send in the fee now.
If I am a grower at a grow site with multiple growers, who pays the $480?
OMMP is working on the details with how the $480 CTS fee will be implemented at grow sites with multiple growers. It is currently unknown if this fee will need to be paid by each grower or if it can be charged to the grow site. Please continue to check our website for updates.
Is the $200 grow site registration fee required, along with the $480 annual CTS fee, for a grower?
Yes. Growers are still required to pay the $200 grow site registration fee per patient.
SB 1057 DECISION REQUIREMENT
Were notices and election forms asking whether someone is going to stay registered with OMMP or become licensed with OLCC sent out to all patients, caregivers, growers, processors and dispensaries?
Notices and election forms were sent to all persons responsible for a grow site, processing site and dispensaries.
What should I do if I did not receive a form or need another one?
Why did I receive more than one notice?
You would have received one notice for each grow site, processing site, or dispensary you are listed as being responsible for. If your registration is up for renewal between August 31 and November 30, 2017, you may receive another notification letter and election form. You should return only one election form per grow site address unless you choose the exemption box. Each patient must submit an election form for each grow site address where they are exempt from the tracking requirement.
What if there are multiple growers at a grow site address? Does each grower send in a completed election form?
No. All growers at a grow site must collectively make the decision to remain registered with OMMP or move to OLCC. You should return only one election form per grow site address unless you choose the exemption box. Each patient must submit an election form for each grow site address where they are exempt from the tracking requirement. If OMMP receives more than one form associated with a grow site with different decisions, OMMP will assume that no decision has been made and the grow site will not be renewed.
The election form asks for one grower card number and contact information, what do I write here?
The grower who completes the form should list their current grow card number associated with the grow site address. Please list the phone number and address of the grower submitting the form on behalf of the grow site in the contact information field. If you want to list information regarding the other growers at the grow site address, that is fine too.
The form asks for a Government Issued ID Number. What is this and what should I use?
Your government issued ID number is the number of your driver’s license, state issued identification card, passport, etc. that was provided on the patient’s OMMP application. The same government issued ID number must be used on the election form.
What if there is no reply or the grower(s) decides not to reply?
For grow site locations where no election form is received, per SB 1057, the OMMP will not renew the grow site location. The patient will be mailed an incomplete letter and asked to make a new grow site location selection.
If I am a patient and my own grower and another patient is growing for themselves at the same location, do we both turn in the form?
Yes. This pertains to the third choice, I am a patient growing for myself and there are no more than 12 mature plants and 24 immature plants at the grow site. Since you are each stating you are exempt from the reporting requirement, you would both need to send in the form. This is the only time more than one election form will be accepted per grow site.
Can some of the growers at the grow site move to OLCC and some stay with OMMP?
No. Grow sites cannot be registered with both the OMMP and the OLCC. The grow site must be registered either with OMMP or all move to OLCC. If the grow site is moved to OLCC, you can’t have a medical marijuana grow there.
The grow site I am at is moving to OLCC. I do not want to so I am changing my grow site location. Is there a fee for this change?
Yes. The patient will need to submit a request to change the grow site location. The replacement card fee does apply. Please see the change form
for fee information.
What happens if a grow site address that elected to move to OLCC does not apply for an OLCC license by January 1, 2018?
Per SB 1057, the grow site address cannot be renewed with the OMMP. The patient will receive notice that they will need to select a new grow site address. The OMMP will be verifying with the OLCC that these grow sites have submitted an application with the OLCC by January 1, 2018.
If a grow site elects to stay with OMMP and use CTS by the December 1, 2017 deadline, is monthly tracking and reporting still required?
Yes. Grow sites registered with the OMMP will need to continue to use OMMOS to track and report their inventory until the new CTS is up and running. The change to CTS and the $480 fee will start on or before July 1, 2018.
What happens to grow sites who elect to stay with OMMP and use CTS and do not comply and use the CTS July 1, 2018?
Per SB 1057, those grow site addresses will not be renewed with the OMMP although the OMMP may take action against the grow site sooner.
If I have a pending application with OLCC, am I still required to report monthly to OMMP?
Yes. If the grow site address has an application on file with the OLCC and the OLCC has not acted on their application than the grow site is still subject to monthly tracking and reporting under OMMP rules.
If my application with OLCC is considered incomplete or has been issued a proposed denial but my OMMP registration is still active, can I remain with OMMP?
Yes. The grow site will have 30 days to sign up to use CTS and pay the $480 CTS fee if it wishes to remain registered with OMMP.
Can grow sites registered with OMMP transfer usable marijuana to OLCC licensees?
OMMP growers cannot currently perform transfers to OLCC licensees. However, per HB 2198, a grow site will be able to transfer up to 20 pounds of usable marijuana per year to an OLCC licensed processor or wholesaler. OLCC still needs to develop rules around these transfers. Until rules are in place and the process is communicated these transfers are not allowed. Please follow up with OLCC for details.
Will a manual process be available in place of using CTS?
No. Anyone required to use CTS will have to do so using the system online.
If I am a growing for a patient and there are only 6 plants at the grow site, am I required to pay the $480 and use CTS?
Yes, the only exemption to using CTS is if you are a patient growing for yourself at a location and there are 12 or less mature plants.
If I am at a grow site with more than 12 mature plants and want to reduce the plant count to 12 or less mature plants, will I need to have that done when I turn in the election form?
Yes. The election form option that is selected and returned to OMMP by December 1, 2017, must be consistent and reflect what is actually occuring at the grow site.
TRACKING AND DATA REPORTING
Is monthly tracking and reporting still required with CTS coming on board soon?
Yes. All qualifying growers, processors, and dispensaries must continue reporting monthly to the OMMP until CTS is up and running. If you have elected to move to OLCC, you will be required to continue reporting monthly until you become registered with OLCC even if the OMMP has started using CTS.
Do I need special software for OHA’s data reporting system?
No, special software is not required to be purchased or downloaded to report information to OHA. Registered individuals create an online account where they can input the information that is required to be submitted to OHA on a monthly basis.
When am I required to start reporting?
Tracking of marijuana and marijuana products started in June 2016. Each month’s report of transfers must be made by the 10th of the following month.
Where can I find more information regarding monthly reporting?
Please visit the Reporting Requirements page for more information.
Where can I find the labeling rules?
Any marijuana item transferred to a dispensary or by a dispensary must meet labeling requirements outlined in OAR 333-007-0010 through 333-007-0220.
I only plan on providing medical marijuana products. Do my labels need to go through the OLCC pre-approval process?
Yes. Per OAR 333-007-0100 all products, including medical marijuana products, must go through the OLCC pre-approval process. Visit OLCC's Packaging and Labeling Pre-Approval web page for more information.
Where can I find the marijuana universal symbol?
The universal symbol is available at: oregon.gov/oha/ph/PreventionWellness/marijuana/Pages/symbol.aspx.
What size does the universal symbol need to be?
The universal symbol must measure at least 0.48 inches wide by 0.35 inches high.
Can I change the colors used in the universal symbol?
No. The universal symbol must be used as is. The universal symbol is a Registered Trademark of OHA and can only be used by licensees or registrants on marijuana product labels.
Is there a font type and size requirement for labeling?
Yes. The font size can be no smaller than 8 point Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial font. Variations of these fonts, such as narrow, bold, etc. are not permitted.
What is a principle display panel?
The portion of the package that is most likely to be seen by the consumer at the point of purchase. The following information must be included:
If only a single panel is used for labeling, the principle display panel must also include place of address and ingredient list, if applicable.
When putting “place of address” on my label, can it be a mailing address?
Yes. The mailing address of the business may be used.
Can I include additional information on my labels other than what is required by rules?
Yes. Other information may be included on labels as long as it is not attractive to minors and information does not contain any untruthful or misleading statements, including but not limited to a health claim that is not supported by the totality of publicly available scientific evidence, and for which there is significant scientific agreement, among experts qualified by scientific training and experience to evaluate such claims.
What are the packaging requirements and where can I find the packaging rules?
Packaging used for marijuana products must be child resistant.
All packaging used must comply with OLCC packaging rules.
Visit OLCC's Packaging and Labeling Pre-Approval web page for more information.
BACKGROUND CHECK PROCESS
Who is required to have a background check?
Any person listed on the application for a proposed medical marijuana dispensary or processing site must go through a background check. This includes all owners and PRDs or PRPs who are named in the application.
Why do you need fingerprints?
State law requires a criminal background check. A person cannot be a listed on an application if they have been convicted for the manufacture or delivery of a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance in any state.
Where can I get my fingerprints processed?
Instructions for having your fingerprints taken can be found on the Background Check page.
Is there a fee associated with having a background check done?
Yes. The background check fee is $35 for each individual named in an initial application. Also, the fee must be paid if an owner is added or if a change of PRD/PRP or primary PRD/PRP is requested. Payment may be made by check or money order, payable to the Oregon Health Authority. Payment must be sent by mail and received by the OMMP within 30 calendar days of the date the OMMP mailed a notice to the applicant that the initial application was received or be included with a request to add an owner or a PRD/PRP or change the primary PRD/PRP.
Mail payment to:
OMMP – Dispensary and Processor Unit
P.O. Box 14116
Portland, OR 97293-0116
Please visit the Background Check page for more information.