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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 SYSTM

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

General

 
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?
 
The form can be found on the OMMP CTS webpage.
 
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. 
 

Growers

 
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.
 

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.

LABELING

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.

PACKAGING

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.


PATIENT APPLICATION PROCESS

Who can get a medical marijuana card?

Individuals with a qualifying medical condition and a recommendation for medical marijuana from an attending physician may apply for a medical marijuana card.

How do I apply for a card?

Visit our New Patients page to learn how to apply for a medical marijuana card.

How long does it take to get a card?

If, upon an initial review, it appears that a complete application has been received, the patient will be issued a receipt letter. This receipt has the same legal effect as a registry identification card for 30 days following the date printed on the letter. Once your application is finished being processed, a card will be mailed to you.

If your application is NOT complete, OMMP staff will send you an "Incomplete Letter" to let you know what needs to be submitted to complete your application. You will have 14 days from the date of the letter to get the missing application materials to OMMP. If the missing application materials are not submitted within the 14 days, your application may be rejected.

Please do not call to check your status prior to 30 days from the date we receive your application. The processing of applications takes time, and the same staff who review your application also answer the phones. The more calls we receive, the slower we process applications.

How can I make sure my application is processed as quickly as possible?

Make sure you:

  • ​Complete all required portions of the application.
  • Submit a complete Attending Physician's statement.
  • Include copies of current U.S. state or federal issued photo ID for the patient, caregiver, and grower if applicable.
  • Submit the correct payment amount. If you are eligible for a reduced fee, submit the required proof.
  • Do not call to check your application status for 30 days from the date we receive your application.

How does the OMMP process applications so patients can access dispensaries?

All applications are treated equally and the OMMP processes them as quickly as possible. The 30-day receipt has the same legal effect as a card and will allow a patient to access dispensaries for 30 days from the date on the receipt.

​​Who may act as a grower?

  • A patient may grow for him or herself or designate an individual 21 years or older to act as his or her grower.
  • The OMMP conducts a criminal background check on all designated growers.
  • If a grower has been convicted of felony violating ORS 475.752 through 475.920 on or after January 1, 2006, that person is prohibited from growing marijuana for a patient for two years from the date of conviction for the first offense.
  • Individuals with more than one conviction are permanently prohibited from growing.

​Do I have to list a grower and grow site address on my application?

Only if you are growing your own medical marijuana or are designating another person to grow medical marijuana for you.

  • Patients growing medical marijuana or designating a grower are required to provide the OMMP with the grow site address.
  • Only one grow site address may be registered per patient.
  • Grow sites must be a physical address located in Oregon.

Do I need to keep a copy of my application and any other information I send to OMMP?

Yes. If your application has not yet been approved, denied, or rejected you may provide law enforcement with a copy of your written documentation submitted to OMMP along with proof of the date of mailing or other transmission of the documentation. This documentation gives you the same legal protection as a registry identification card, until you get your card or get notification that your application has been denied.

In addition, a receipt from the OMMP will be mailed to you if you submit what appears to be a complete application. The receipt will be valid for 30 days from the date on the receipt and will allow you entry into a dispensary.

PATIENT FEES

How much does it cost to register as a cardholder?

The standard application fee is $200.

An applicant may qualify for a reduced fee of:

  • $60 with proof of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or
  • $50 with proof of Oregon Health Plan (OHP) eligibility, or
  • $20 with proof of receipt of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) monthly benefits, or
  • $20 with proof of having served in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Grower Registration Fee: If a designated grower is someone other than the patient, a grow site registration fee of $200 is required in addition to the application fee. To pay this fee the grower will need to follow the instructions on our Grower page to create an online account and pay.

CHANGING OR UPDATING INFORMATION

Do I have to tell the OMMP if I change my mailing address, add or remove a caregiver, grower, or change my grow site address?

Yes. You are required to submit a pdf iconChange Form with the updated information within 10 calendar days.

  • Change forms should be submitted by mail. The OMMP does not accept changes of registry information over the telephone or by fax.
  • Changes to your caregiver and/or grower require that the former caregiver or grower cards be returned to the OMMP within 7 days.
  • Patients are required by law to notify the former caregiver or grower that they no longer have this designation.

​Are there legal concerns when I change my caregiver, grower or grow site information?

Yes. It is important for your registry file to be up to date so if law enforcement requests verification of information from the OMMP your current caregiver, grower, and grow site are all protected.

  • To make sure individuals and the grow site are protected, and that previously protected individuals know their status has changed, submit a Change Form for caregiver, grower or grow site changes immediately.
  • The OMMP recommends that you get a new grow site registration card before moving plants to a new grow site and keep copies of all Change Forms.

POSSESSION LIMITS

How much marijuana can I possess if I am a medical marijuana patient?

An Oregon medical marijuana patient (and their caregiver, if applicable) may possess up to 6 mature plants, which must be grown at a registered grow site address, and up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana.

This is different from the possession limits for recreational marijuana. Limits for recreational marijuana can be found at WhatsLegalOregon.com.

Is there a limit on how much marijuana an OMMP patient or caregiver can possess or purchase from a dispensary?

Yes. A patient or caregiver may only possess or purchase from a dispensary in one day:

  • 24 ounces of usable marijuana;
  • 16 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in solid form;
  • 72 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in liquid form;
  • 16 ounces of a cannabinoid concentrate whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
  • Five grams of a cannabinoid extract whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
  • Four immature marijuana plants; and
  • 50 seeds.

PHYSICIAN REQUIREMENTS

Do I need a physician to recommend the use of medical marijuana?

Yes. A physician must state in writing that the patient has a qualifying medical condition and that medical marijuana may mitigate the symptoms or effects of that condition annually.

Upon renewal of your medical marijuana card, if you are a veteran and meet either of the qualifications below, you do not need to submit an Attending Physician Statement:

  • Has been assigned a total and permanent disability rating for compensation that rates the veteran as unable to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation as a result of service-connected disabilities as described in 38 C.F.R. 4.16; or
  • Has a United States Department of Veterans Affairs total disability rating of 100 percent as a result of an injury or illness that the veteran incurred, or that was aggravated, during active military service and who received a discharge or release under other than dishonorable conditions.

Can a naturopath (ND), chiropractor (DC), ​or nurse practitioner (NP/FNP) sign my “Attending Physician's Statement”?

No. "Attending Physician" is defined as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) or Doctor of Osteopathy (DO) licensed under ORS chapter 677.

Does the physician have to be licensed in Oregon?

Yes. The law specifies that a physician must be licensed in Oregon.

FINDING AND USING A DISPENSARY

How can I find a medical marijuana dispensary in Oregon?

View the list of medical marijuana dispensaries.

What do I need to bring to get medical marijuana from a dispensary?

You will need to show your current and valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card and photo identification.

Are children allowed inside dispensaries?

No. Minors under 18 are not allowed inside any part of a dispensary where marijuana is present, even if they are patients or employees.​​

WITHDRAWING FROM OMMP

Can a patient withdraw from the program?

Yes. A patient must submit a written statement that he or she wishes to withdraw from OMMP.

  • All cards must be returned to OMMP within 7 days of the withdrawal notification.
  • The patient’s card and all cards associated will be voided.
  • The patient is responsible for notifying his or her grower or caregiver, if applicable, that his or her card is no longer valid.
  • The patient may reapply as a new patient at any time.​

Do patients get a refund if they withdraw from the program?

No. The application and grow site fees are non-refundable.


GROWER INFORMATION

Does a grower have to be 21 years old?

Yes. As a result of House Bill 3400 in the 2015 legislative session, current growers who are under 21 years of age on March 1, 2016 may no longer grow marijuana. Your patients will need a new grower. pdf iconRead the cardholder notice for details.

How can I verify that I am a grower or caregiver for a particular patient?

You can ask the patient to sign an approved Release of Information request that will enable you to contact the OMMP and verify whether you are an authorized grower or caregiver for that patient.

How many plants am I allowed to grow?

A grower can have 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants that are over 24 inches in height per patient. However, how your grow site is zoned (residential or outside city limits) determines the plant limits at the address of the grow site.

Review the plant limits chart for more information.

How do I find out how my grow site address is zoned?

Contact your local city or county planning office or visit their website.

Will OHA inspect my grow site if I am a patient and only growing for myself?

OHA does not have the interest or capacity to inspect the grow sites of patients growing only for themselves. Inspections will be focused on grow sites with 12 or more plants. OHA will only routinely inspect these types of grow sites because these sites are most likely to impact public health (e.g. by transferring products to processors or dispensaries). OHA reserves the right to inspect any grow site if it has a reasonable belief that the grower is violating the law.

Will OHA inspect personal gardens?

N​o, OHA does not have the authority to inspect personal gardens.

What are the security requirements for medical marijuana growers?

In the 2017 legislative session, HB 2198 passed which removed the requirement for a marijuana grow site to use a security system or any component of a security system , such as video surveillance, an alarm system, sensors or physical barriers.

As a medical marijuana grower, am I required to have a water right?

OHA does not have any laws or rules regarding water rights; however, under current Oregon law, as administered by the Oregon Water Resources Department (OWRD), marijuana-related water use is subject to the same water-use regulations as any other water use in the state.

With a few exceptions, water users generally must obtain a water right from OWRD to use water from any source. Other options may include obtaining water from a water provider that has a legal water use authorization, or using water in a manner that is exempt from the need to obtain a water right.

Read this document for more information. Note that growing marijuana for commercial purposes, whether medical or recreational, is not eligible for any exemptions from water right permitting for use of groundwater.


PLANT LIMITS


How many plants may be grown for a patient?

A maximum of 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants may be grown for a patient.

If a patient grows for him or herself at their residence or a patient's caregiver grows for a patient at the patient's residence, are there any limits placed on the amount of plants that may be grown there?

Yes. A grow site located at a patient’s residence may have a maximum of 12 mature plants and 24 immature plants no matter the amount of people that live at the address. No more than 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants may be grown by a patient.


Example scenarios:

  • If there are three patients at the address, no more than 12 mature plants and 24 immature plants may be grown.
  • If there are two patients and one non-patient, no more than 12 mature plants and 24 immature plants may be grown.

Can a patient also grow 4 recreational plants at their residence?

The four recreational plants may be grown at the patient’s residence as long as someone other than the patient also lives at the address and the plant count does not exceed 12 mature plants and 24 immature plants in total including the 4 recreational plants.

If a patient designates a grower and the grow site is located within city limits, zoned residential, and not at the patient's residence, what are the maximum number of plants allowed?

A maximum of 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants may be grown for each patient. There is maximum of 12 mature plants, 24 immature plants that are over 24 inches high and no limit on immature plants under 24 inches high.

If my grow site location is not zoned residential, what are the maximum number of plants allowed?

A maximum of 6 mature plants and 12 immature plants may be grown for each patient. There is maximum of 48 mature plants, 96 immature plants that are over 24 inches high and no limit on immature plants under 24 inches high. This limit applies whether the grow site location is within or outside of city limits.

If a patient designates a grower and the grow site is not located at the patient’s residence but at the grower’s residence, can four additional plants be grown per household?

Yes.
 
Review the plant limits chart for more information.
 

GROWER FEES

If I am a medical marijuana grower, do I have to pay a fee?

Yes. As of April 1, 2016, growers must pay a $200 grow site registration fee​ for each patient. Patients growing marijuana only for themselves at their residence DO NOT have to pay a fee.

If I am a patient growing for myself, will I have to pay new fees or participate in product tracking?

No. Patients growing only for themselves at their own residence DO NOT have to pay the $200 grow site registration fee (OAR 333-008-0220(3)(d)). Patients growing only for themselves at their own residence, and not selling anything to an OHA-registered processor or dispensary, are NOT required to do any tracking of marijuana.


HOW TO APPLY

How do I apply to be a medical marijuana processor?

You can apply online. Visit the Processor How to Apply page for details.

A processor wishing to continue transferring products to a dispensary on and after October 1, 2016, must be registered by that date. If you have a pending application with OHA on or after October 1, 2016, but are not yet registered, you will not be able to transfer products to a dispensary.

What medical marijuana products can I process?

A list of the different endorsements that processors may apply for can be found under OAR 333-008-1700. They are:

  • Cannabinoid edible processor;
  • Cannabinoid topical processor;
  • Cannabinoid concentrate processor;
  • Cannabinoid extract processor; and
  • Cannabinoid tincture, capsule, suppository, or transdermal patch processor.

Does the registration process differ based on the type of endorsement?

Yes. While there are a set of general requirements that all processors must meet, the rules are different for applicants making extracts, concentrates and other products.

Rules specific for edible processors are found under OAR 333-008-1790, for concentrate and extract processors under OAR 333-008-1800 and for topical, tincture, capsule, suppository or transdermal patch processors under OAR 333-008-1810.

A set of general requirements may be found in OAR 333-008-2000 through 333-008-2200.

What is the process for approval? How long should it take?

After your online application, fee payment, and all required application documents have been received, program staff will review your application to determine whether all program rules have been satisfied. Once you submit a complete application, it will be processed in the order it is received, based on the timestamp of the approved payment.

The timeline for approving your application will depend on several factors, including the volume of applications received and completeness of your application.

Are there any location restrictions for a medical marijuana processing site?

Yes. An extract processor may not be in an area zoned residential. It is recommended that a processor check with their local government to ensure there are no prohibited uses at the location they intend to process marijuana.

Is there a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) requirement for medical marijuana processors?

No. However, it is recommended that a processor check with their local government to ensure there are no prohibited uses at the location where they intend to process marijuana.

Do I need to have an OMMP card to apply to become a medical marijuana processor?

No. An OMMP patient, caregiver or grower card is not required to become a registered medical marijuana processor.

PROCESSOR FEES

What is the fee for applying and registering a medical marijuana processing site?

There is a registration fee of $3,500 and a non-refundable application fee of $500. In other words, a total of $4,000 must be paid at the time of application. Payment can only be made with a credit card, debit card or a pre-paid debit card.

In addition, there is a $35 background check fee, payable by check or money order, for each person listed on the application, including all owners and Person Responsible for a Processing site (PRP).

Is there an additional fee for each endorsement?

No.

TRANSFERS

Who can perform transfers to a registered processing site?

An OMMP patient, caregiver or a PRMG (Person Responsible for a Medical Marijuana Grow Site) may transfer usable marijuana to a registered processing site if they are provided with an Authorization to Transfer form or a Personal Agreement signed by the patient.

Patients and caregivers may transfer marijuana to a registered processing site for no compensation for the purpose of the processing site processing the marijuana into a cannabinoid product, concentrate or extract for the patient’s personal use.

Also, a registered medical marijuana processing site may transfer to another registered medical marijuana processing site.

Rules regarding transferring to a registered processing site are found in OAR 333-008-1760.

Who can a registered processing site transfer to?

A registered processing site may transfer to another registered medical marijuana processor or a registered medical marijuana dispensary.

Rules regarding transferring from a registered processing site are found in OAR 333-008-1760 to 333-008-1770.

I am an unregistered processing site. Can I accept transfers of useable marijuana to process?

As of April 1, 2017, you must be a fully registered processor in order to accept transfers of useable marijuana; this includes extract processors. Fully registered means you have received a certificate of registration from OMMP. 

I am an unregistered processor. Can I transfer my cannabinoid edible or concentrate product to a dispensary?

As of April 1, 2017, you must be a fully registered processor in order to accept transfers of useable marijuana; this includes extract processors. Fully registered means you have received a certificate of registration from OMMP.

EXTRACTS

Can I still process extracts as an unregistered processor or as an OMMP patient, caregiver or grower?

No. Under HB 4014, passed in the 2016 Legislative session, the unlicensed processing of extracts is illegal.

However, a medical marijuana processing site that has submitted a complete application for registration with OHA is exempt from criminal liability pursuant to ORS 475B.475. 

As of April 1, 2107, you must be a registered processor in order to sell products to a dispensary. If you have a pending application or were previously listed on the OMMP website as having submitted a complete application, you will not be able to transfer products to a dispensary on and after April 1, 2017 unless you are fully registered with OMMP.

What are the requirements for getting registered as an extraction processor?

In addition to meeting the general requirements (OAR 333-008-2000 to 333-008-2200), extraction processors do have a set of specific requirements that must be met.

  • Extraction processors must use commercially manufactured professional grade closed loop extraction systems designed to recover the solvents and built to recognized and generally accepted good engineering standards.
  • The equipment and facility must be approved for use by the local fire code official, meet any fire, safety and building code requirements, have an emergency eye wash station in any room in which extraction is being processed and have all applicable material safety data sheets available.
  • Rules specific to extract processors may be found in OAR 333-008-1800.

EDIBLES

Is a commercial kitchen license from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) required for processing edibles?

Yes. For information on how to apply for a commercial kitchen license please visit ODA’s website.

Is a commercial kitchen license from ODA required if I’m making concentrates or extracts that will be used in edibles?

Yes. Any ingredient used in food production must come from an ODA licensed facility.

LABELING AND PACKAGING

As a medical marijuana processor, do I need to have my labels approved by OLCC as part of their labeling pre-approval process?

Yes. For more information visit the OLCC website.

What labeling requirements can I follow before my labels are approved?

All labels must be pre-approved and follow requirements found under OAR 333-007-0010 to 333-007-0100.

What packaging requirements do I need to follow?

All packaging must be compliant with OLCC packaging rules found in OAR 845-025-7000 to 845-025-7060.

When do I have to comply with concentration limits?

All products must meet requirements found under OAR 333-007-0200 to 333-007-0220.

TESTING REQUIREMENTS

What testing requirements am I required to follow?

All marijuana items must be tested according to OAR 333-007-0300 to 333-007-2000. See our Testing Requirements and Rules and Statutes pages for details.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Are processors subject to any inventory reporting requirements?

Yes. All registered processors must report the amount and type of products transferred into the processing site and out of the processing site. Rules regarding reporting requirements are found under OAR 333-008-1830. See our Reporting Requirements page for details.

In addition, changes are coming in 2018 that will require OMMP processors to use the OLCC Cannabis Tracking System. Visit the OMMP CTS page​ for more information. 


HOW TO APPLY

How do I apply to register my dispensary?

Please visit our Dispensary How To Apply page for details.

Are there any location restrictions for a medical marijuana dispensary?

Yes. Dispensaries may not be in an area zoned residential. It is recommended that you check with your local government to ensure there are no prohibited uses at the location where you intend to open a dispensary.

Dispensaries may also not be located within 1000 feet of a school or another registered dispensary.

What zoning documentation is acceptable?

Please contact the city or county planning office of where the dispensary is located. Written documentation should be obtained that indicates the proposed dispensary is not located in an area that is zoned for residential use.

Is there a Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) requirement for medical marijuana dispensaries?

No. However, it is recommended that you check with the local government to ensure there are no prohibited uses at the location where you intend to open a medical marijuana dispensary.

How will I know if the location I have chosen for my dispensary is more than 1,000 feet from a school or 1,000 feet from a registered dispensary?

The OMMP offers an online School Locator Map that applicants can use to see if a site is too close to a school. However, as some school locations are confidential, results from the mapping tool should not be considered official or binding. The final decision on whether a proposed location complies with OMMP rules will be made by program staff. Please be aware that a facility’s premises must not be anywhere within 1,000 feet of a school's property boundary. Applicants are also expected to canvas the area surrounding their proposed location and sign an affirmation that they have done so when applying.

What kinds of schools do dispensaries need to be 1,000 feet away from?

Private or public schools, primary or secondary schools.

  • Primary – institutions containing any combination of grades kindergarten through 8th or age level equivalent.
  • Secondary – institutions containing any combination of grades 9th through 12th or age level equivalent, including junior high schools which include 9th grade.
  • Please refer to OAR 333-008-1040(4)(c)(A) for details.

May I operate a mobile dispensary, a medicine delivery service or have a drive-thru at my dispensary?

No. Mobile services, including but not limited to farmers markets, drive-thrus, delivery services and mobile dispensaries are not allowed. Any transfer of marijuana to or from a dispensary must take place at the registered address of the dispensary.

Can a dispensary be located at the same address as a grow site?

No. Also, if you have any knowledge that a patient has designated your dispensary as a grow site, please ask the person to change the grow site address with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Otherwise, this could delay the approval of your application.

Can a dispensary sublet or share any portion of the dispensary premises with any other business?

No.

What are the security requirements for a dispensary?

Rules regarding security requirements may be found in OAR 333-008-2080 to 333-008-2120.​​​​​​

What is the process for approval? How long should it take?

After your online application, fee payment, and all required application documents have been received, program staff will review your application to determine whether all program rules have been satisfied. Your application will be processed in the order it is received, based on the timestamp of the approved payment.

The timeline for approving your application will depend on several factors, including the volume of applications received.

Once my application is approved, when may I begin to operate my dispensary?

You may open for business as soon as you receive your physical registration certificate.

Is there a limit on the number of dispensaries that will be registered by the Oregon Health Authority?

There is no limit on the number of dispensaries that may be registered by OHA. However, dispensaries cannot be within 1,000 feet of each other or a school.

How many dispensaries may an individual own or be responsible for?

There is no limit on the number of dispensaries an individual may be responsible for. However, any person who wishes to register more than one location must submit a separate application and all required documentation for each location.

What is a PRD?

A PRD is a “Person Responsible for a Dispensary.” For more information or for information on how to change a PRD, visit our PRD page.

Can I have more than one PRD?

Yes. Multiple PRDs may be named on an application. Anyone named as a PRD must pass a background check and must be involved in the day to day operations of the dispensary. One PRD must be named as the primary PRD.

What is a Primary PRD?

A Primary PRD is an individual who:

  • is designated as the primary point of contact for dispensary;
  • is authorized to receive any and all communications and legal notices from the Oregon Health Authority;
  • meets the qualifications in OAR 333-008-1073 through 333-008–1075; and
  • is involved in the day-to-day operations of the dispensary.

Only one person may act as a Primary PRD, and a dispensary must have a registered Primary PRD in order to operate.

DISPENSARY FEES

What is the fee to apply for a license to operate a dispensary?

The registration fee is $3,500 and the application fee, which is non-refundable, is $500. In other words, a total of $4,000 must be paid at the time of application. Payment can only be made with a credit card, debit card, or pre-paid debit card.

In addition, there is a $35 background check fee, payable by check or money order, for:

  • Each person listed in the initial application, including all owners and PRDs;
  • A request to add an owner; or
  • Change a PRD or primary PRD.

I don’t have a credit card. How can I pay the fee?

If you do not have or are unable to acquire a credit card, prepaid credit cards can be purchased at many stores. The fee must be paid online at the time of application.

FINDING A DISPENSARY

Where can I find a list of registered dispensaries?

A list of dispensaries can be found on the OMMP website.

GENERAL DISPENSARY FACTS

What is a medical marijuana dispensary?

A medical marijuana dispensary is a facility, registered by the Oregon Health Authority, that is allowed to receive marijuana, immature marijuana plants, or marijuana products and transfer that marijuana to a patient or a patient’s caregiver, if the patient or caregiver has an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card or a receipt letter from the OMMP.

Where may dispensaries be located?

Dispensaries in Oregon may not be located in an area zoned residential. A dispensary may not be located within 1,000 feet of a school or another registered dispensary, and may not be at an address registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program as a grow site. Local government agencies may have additional restrictions, and applicants should communicate with those local agencies when deciding where to locate a dispensary.

How often does a medical marijuana dispensary get inspected?

The OMMP is required to inspect dispensaries annually to ensure compliance with the law. Program staff may also visit dispensaries at any time and assess compliance. Inspections are always unannounced.

Can medical dispensaries provide, sell, or dispense marijuana at an off-site event or to an off-site event?

No. All transfers of marijuana must be done on-site at the dispensary in accordance with dispensary rules.

May local governments ban dispensaries?

Yes. ORS 475B.800 allows local governments in Oregon to adopt ordinances that prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries or medical marijuana processing sites within its jurisdiction. For more information, visit our Local Government Option page.

Are dispensaries allowed to advertise, market or promote the prices of their products?

Rules regarding advertising can be found in OAR 333-008-2070. There is nothing in the rules that relates to pricing. However, marijuana retailers must comply with Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act, which prohibits deceptive marketing and promotion of consumer products.

Are there any advertising restrictions?

Yes. OAR 333-008-2070 outlines a set of restrictions registrants must comply with for advertising. In addition, dispensaries may not promote products in a manner of shape or design that is likely to appeal to children and adolescents such as products modeled after an animal, vehicle, person or character.

Are there any advertising requirements?

Yes. OAR 333-008-2070 indicates that a registrant must include the following statements on all advertising:

“Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of marijuana.”

“Keep marijuana out of the reach of children.”

DISPENSARY OPERATIONS

Are children allowed inside dispensaries?

No. Minors under 18 are not allowed inside any part of a dispensary where marijuana is present, even if they are patients.

Are there any age restrictions for employees of a dispensary?

Yes. A dispensary may employ an individual between the ages of 18 and 20 if the individual is an OMMP patient. Otherwise, employees must be 21 years of age or older.

Is onsite consumption of marijuana allowed at a dispensary?

No. Onsite consumption of marijuana is prohibited by program rules. The only exception is for an employee who is a current and valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program patient who must medicate during working hours. However, it is important to note that as of March 1, 2016, an employee may not smoke or use a system that includes combusting, inhaling, vaporizing, or aerosolizing. Otherwise, consumption is only permitted if the employee is not visible to any individual while medicating and alone in a closed room where no dispensary marijuana items are present. Please refer to OAR 333-008-1110(7) for more information.

How are transfers of usable marijuana or immature plants made to a dispensary?

Transfers of usable marijuana or immature plants may only be authorized by a registered OMMP patient using the Medical Marijuana Transfer Authorization form. The patient may authorize their caregiver or their grower to transfer usable marijuana or immature plants to the dispensary. Also, a personal agreement may be used which includes at least:

  • The patient’s name, OMMP card number and expiration date and contact information;
  • The name and contact information of the PRMG to whom the patient’s property rights have been assigned and the producer’s OMMP card number and expiration date, and the grow site address;
  • The portion of the patient’s rights to possess seeds, immature plants and usable marijuana that is being assigned to the producer.

Who gets the original Transfer Authorization form and who should keep a copy?

The original form should be sent to the registered dispensary and the dispensary must keep that original. The patient should keep a copy of the Transfer Authorization form for their records; if the caregiver or grower is authorized to transfer, the caregiver or grower should also keep a copy.

Does the Transfer Authorization form ever expire?

Yes. The Transfer Authorization form automatically expires on the date the patient’s OMMP card expires, unless the patient has specified an earlier expiration date. Once the authorization expires, the patient may renew it by submitting a new transfer form to the registered dispensary. It should be noted that once usable marijuana or immature plants are transferred to a registered dispensary, they are no longer the property of the patient unless the usable marijuana or immature plants are returned by the registered dispensary for any reason.

What must a PRD do when accepting usable marijuana or immature plants?

A PRD must ensure he or she has a valid Transfer Authorization form on file that authorizes the transferor of usable marijuana or immature plants to make the transfer, and must verify the identity of the transferor by viewing and copying the transferor's OMMP card and photo identification.

Are dispensaries allowed to pay growers for medical marijuana?

A dispensary is permitted to reimburse a grower for the normal and customary costs of doing business, including costs related to transferring, handling, securing, insuring, testing, packaging, and processing usable marijuana and immature marijuana plants, and the cost of supplies, utilities, and rent or mortgage.

If I have a registered dispensary, can I continue to receive transfers of cannabinoid products and concentrates from an unregistered processor?

No. As of April 1, 2017, these types of marijuana items must come from an OHA-registered medical marijuana processor.

If I have a registered dispensary, can I still accept the transfer of extracts from an unregistered processor or from an OMMP patient, caregiver or grower?

No. Under HB 4014, passed in the 2016 Legislative session, the unlicensed processing of extracts is illegal.

However, a medical marijuana processing site that has submitted a complete application for registration with OHA is exempt from criminal liability pursuant to ORS 475B.475. 

As of April 1, 2017, a dispensary may only accept transfers of marijuana products from a registered medical marijuana processor. Processors with a pending application or having been previously listed on the OMMP website as having submitted a complete application may not transfer products to a dispensary on and after April 1, 2017 unless they are fully registered with OMMP.

How much may a dispensary charge for medical marijuana?

A dispensary is permitted to seek reimbursement for immature plants and medical marijuana products based on its normal and customary costs of doing business. A dispensary is required to document its costs of doing business and provide that information to the OMMP on request. Please refer to OAR 333-008-1200 for specifics.

Are there any reporting requirements for a dispensary?

Yes. Dispensaries are required to report their medical marijuana sales monthly. Visit the Reporting Requirements page for more information.

In addition, changes are coming in 2018 that will require OMMP dispensaries to use the OLCC Cannabis Tracking System. Visit the OMMP CTS page​ for more information. 

Is there a limit on how much a dispensary can sell to an OMMP patient or caregiver?

Yes. A dispensary may not transfer at any one time to a patient or caregiver, within one day, more than:

  • 24 ounces of usable marijuana;
  • 16 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in solid form;
  • 72 ounces of a medical cannabinoid product in liquid form;
  • 16 ounces of a cannabinoid concentrate whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
  • Five grams of a cannabinoid extract whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
  • Four immature marijuana plants; and
  • 50 seeds.

GENERAL

Who do the testing rules apply to?

The division 7 testing rules apply to:

  • Laboratories that test marijuana and marijuana product
  • OLCC licensees
  • Medical marijuana growers that transfer to medical marijuana processors or dispensaries
  • Medical marijuana processors
  • Medical marijuana dispensaries​

Who is NOT required to test marijuana?

The testing rules do not apply to:

  • A grower transferring directly to his or her patient, or the patient's designated primary caregiver.
  • A designated primary caregiver transferring marijuana directly to his or her patient.

What needs to be tested?

All marijuana and marijuana products that come into an OHA dispensary or OLCC retail shop must be tested to the division 7 testing rules.

Where can I find the division 7 testing rules?

The division 7 testing rules can be found on our Rules page.

Relevant testing rules are OAR 333-007-0400 through 333-007-2000 (testing) including Exhibit A, Tables 3 & 4, Exhibit B, Tables 5,6 & 7, and OAR 333-064 (accreditation).

What tests need to be perfor​med under the division 7 testing rules?

Please reference the testing requirements table.

Also, please review the division 7 testing rules. It is the responsibility of the grower or processor to understand the requirements for testing their products.

Are there rules about sampling?

Yes. Sampling Protocols can be found on ORELAP’s website.

  • ORELAP-SOP-001 Rev. 3.1 is for the sampling of usable marijuana
  • ORELAP-SOP-002 Rev. 3.2 is for the sampling of extracts, concentrates, and products

​Is a laboratory required to be licensed by OLCC as well as be accredited by ORELAP?

Yes. Rules regarding laboratory licensing can be found at the OLCC rules page.

Where can I find more information about laboratory accreditation?

Please visit the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation (ORELAP) website.

Which labs can currently perform testing on marijuana?

All marijuana items must be sampled and tested by a laboratory accredited by OHA and licensed by OLCC. Please visit our Laboratories page for more information.

How long are test results good for?

One year.

SAMPLING

Who is able to collect samples for testing?

Only individuals employed by a laboratory that is accredited by ORELAP for sampling and licensed by OLCC may take samples.

Where can sampling take place?

Sampling may be conducted at a grow site or processing site, or the registrant may transport the batch to a laboratory that is accredited with ORELAP for sampling.

You should contact the laboratory before delivering a batch to a laboratory because the laboratory may not be able to serve you if you show up unannounced.

Sampling may not occur at a dispensary.

Can a laboratory do only sampling?

Yes. A laboratory could be accredited to do only sampling. Sampling is the same as any other technical scope item for an ORELAP-accredited lab. An ORELAP-accredited laboratory can choose to subcontract sampling or any test scope item to another ORELAP-accredited lab.

What information should a sampling laboratory obtain from the medical grower or processor?

The sampling laboratory must follow OHA's rules for sample recordkeeping (OAR 333-007-0370) and must follow ORELAP protocols for sampling. The rules and protocols outline certain information which is required to be captured upon sampling. Required information includes, but is not limited to, the registration number and the harvest or process lot number. The protocols may be reviewed at the ORELAP Cannabis Sampling Protocols webpage.

MEDICAL GROWER AND PROCESSING SITES

Are there any requirements for how a harvest or process lot batch from a medical grower or processing site must be labeled?

Yes. OAR 333-007-0380 outlines that a grower or processor must include the following information on a label waiting for test results:

  • The registrant’s registration number;
  • The harvest or process lot unique identification number;
  • The name and accreditation number of the laboratory that took samples and the accreditation number of the laboratory responsible for the testing, if different;
  • The test batch or sample unique identification numbers supplied by the laboratory personnel;
  • The date the samples were taken; and
  • In bold, capital letters no smaller than 12 point font, “PRODUCT NOT TESTED."

The batch must also be stored and secured in a manner that prevents the product from being tampered with or transferred prior to test results being reported.

Who assigns each batch with a unique batch number?

A medical grower and processing site must assign each batch a unique batch number.

A unique batch number must be:

  • Documented and maintained in the grower’s or processor’s records for at least two years;
  • Provided to the individual responsible for taking samples; and
  • Included on the batch label as required in OAR 333-007-0380.

A grower and processing site may not reuse a unique batch number.

When am I able to transfer my harvest or process lot?

If the samples pass testing, the product may be sold or transferred in accordance with the applicable transfer rules.

If the samples do not pass testing, the grower or processing site must comply with OAR 333-007-0450.

FAILED TEST RESULTS

What do I do if my marijuana or marijuana product fails a test?

Please refer to the Failed Test Guidance and the Reanalysis and Retesting Guidance​ on the Testing Requirements webpage.

Marijuana or marijuana products that fail testing may not be transferred to a dispensary. Some products may be remediated and tested again, depending on what the failed test was for. Marijuana items that fail an initial and follow up pesticide test must be destroyed.

Review OAR 333-007-0450 to get a complete understanding of what happens if there is a failed test.

A laboratory that performs the testing is required to report failed test results to OHA.

What do I do if my marijuana or marijuana product must be destroyed?

When a medical marijuana item must be destroyed, the registrant must contact the OMMP and arrange for witness of the destruction of the batch. The OMMP may be contacted at: OMMP.labs@state.or.us.

Do failed test results need to be reported?

Yes. The primary laboratory that performed the testing must report failed test results to the OMMP directly.

When notifying OMMP, the pdf iconCannabis Test Results Notification form​ must be filled out and emailed along with the test results to OMMP.Labs@state.or.us

In addition, OHA is required to notify ODA of any failed pesticide results.

Could my marijuana or marijuana product be subject to any additional testing?

Yes. OHA may require a registrant to submit samples to a laboratory of the registrant’s choosing to be tested in order to determine whether a registrant is in compliance with any of the testing rules. OHA​ may require additional testing that is not required by these rules.

 

Changes coming for growers, processors and dispensaries

As a result of Senate Bill 1057, changes are coming that affect OMMP medical growers (grow sites), processing sites, and dispensaries.

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