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Frequently Asked Questions

Consumers

A pound is 16 ounces, or 453.592 grams.

The OLCC keeps an updated list of all licensed retail stores on our website.


There is also a map so you can easily find locations around the state.


No. Marijuana will be distributed by those who hold an OLCC recreational marijuana license.

There is no quota for the number of retail licenses we will be issuing at this time.

A customer cannot purchase more than the following amounts at any one time or within one day:

  • One ounce of usable marijuana if a recreational consumer;
  • Eight ounces of useable marijuana at any one time or within one day, and no more than 32 ounces in one calendar month if an OMMP registry identification cardholder or designated caregiver;
  • 16 ounces of a cannabinoid product in solid form;
  • 72 ounces of a cannabinoid product in liquid form;
  • Five grams of cannabinoid products intended for inhalation (smoking or vaporizing);
  • Five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates, whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;
  • Four immature marijuana plants; and
  • Ten marijuana seeds.


OLCC retailers selling marijuana for medical purposes can sell medical marijuana to OMMP patients 18 years of age or older.

Medical grade means marijuana items that have a higher THC concentration limit compared to items sold to recreational customers. For example a recreational customer can buy a package of edibles that contains up to 50 mg of THC and each serving size in that package can be up to 5mg of THC. A medical grade edible sold to an OMMP registered patient can contain up to 100 mg of THC per package and there is no maximum serving size for medical grade edibles



Hemp


The primary agency that regulates hemp in Oregon is the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). Persons who want to grow or process hemp in Oregon must register with ODA. OLCC is only involved when the hemp interacts with the licensed recreational marijuana market. We issue certificates to ODA registered hemp growers and hemp handlers that give them Metrc accounts so they can transfer hemp to OLCC licensees. We also have requirements that any hemp entering an OLCC licensed premises or being sold by an OLCC marijuana retailer must meet, rules about what each license type is allowed to do with hemp, and rules about when a marijuana producer can be on the same tax lot as a hemp grow.

It depends. If the hemp grow will not be on the same tax lot as a marijuana producer license and will not be within the licensed premises of any OLCC marijuana license, then there are no OLCC rules that would prohibit you from growing hemp. If you want hemp to be grown on the same tax lot where a marijuana producer license is located, the producer must submit a control plan to OLCC and receive approval before the hemp grower registers the site with ODA. You cannot grow hemp in the area that you have licensed for marijuana production. If you want to grow hemp in an area that is currently part of your producer license, you would need to request and receive approval to remove that area from your licensed premises and submit and receive approval of a hemp control plan before registering the site with ODA.

No, a hemp control plan does not allow you to transfer hemp to OLCC licensees. If you want to transfer hemp to OLCC licensees, you will need to get an OLCC Industrial Hemp Certificate for your hemp business.

ODA registered hemp growers can transfer raw industrial hemp to OLCC licensed processors that have a hemp endorsement and to OLCC-licensed wholesalers. You must apply and be approved for an OLCC hemp certificate to be able to make those transfers. See the Division 25 rules for complete details.

ODA registered hemp handlers can transfer raw industrial hemp or products made from hemp to OLCC licensed processors that have a hemp endorsement as well as to OLCC licensed wholesalers and retailers. You must apply and be approved for an OLCC hemp certificate to be able to transfer those items. See the Division 25 rules for complete details.

No. As a grower, the only type of hemp that you can transfer to OLCC licensees is harvested industrial hemp that has not been processed or only minimally processed. This does not include harvested material that has been dried, cured, and trimmed into usable hemp. You can only transfer your harvested industrial hemp to OLCC licensed processors and wholesalers, at which point a processor could process the hemp into a consumer-ready product.

Yes, as a handler you can transfer hemp items to OLCC licensed retailers and wholesalers, and , including consumer-ready hemp items. Any item that is packaged for ultimate sale to consumers must be packaged and labeled in accordance with OLCC packaging and labeling rules.

Prior to receiving the hemp or hemp item from an ODA registered hemp grower or handler, you must receive a copy of the results of any test that has been conducted on the hemp or hemp item. For raw hemp, this includes a copy of the pre-harvest THC testing. Additionally, before receiving any hemp or hemp item, you must verify that the item has the appropriate testing recorded in Metrc and that the item is within the THC limits specified in OAR 845-025-2760.

Yes. As long as the marijuana and hemp both have been tested as required under the testing rules, a processor with a hemp endorsement can combine hemp and marijuana when processing a cannabinoid concentrate, cannabinoid extract, or cannabinoid product. Any item that contains both hemp and marijuana is considered a marijuana item.

No. Prior to December 28, 2017, retailers could receive hemp items from non-OLCC licensees, but this old inventory could only be sold until April 1, 2018. At this point, any hemp or hemp items entering a licensed premises must come via a Metrc manifest.

An ODA-registered industrial hemp grower with an Industrial Hemp Certificate issued by the OLCC can only transfer “harvested industrial hemp." This is industrial hemp that has not been processed, or has been only minimally processed for purposes of transfer or storage. It does not include “usable hemp" that has been manicured for sale to consumers. Harvested industrial hemp can be transferred to an OLCC-licensed processor who holds an industrial hemp endorsement, or to an OLCC-licensed wholesaler.

An ODA-registered industrial hemp handler with an Industrial Hemp Certificate issued by the OLCC can transfer any “hemp item." Hemp items include usable hemp, hemp concentrates, hemp extracts, and hemp cannabinoid products. Hemp items can be transferred to OLCC licensed wholesalers and retailers as well as to OLCC licensed processors with a hemp endorsement. Hemp handlers can also transfer “harvested industrial hemp" (raw hemp) to OLCC licensed processors with a hemp endorsement and to OLCC licensed wholesalers.

Change of processor endorsement application forms are available on the OLCC website. If you are planning to receive raw hemp material to process into concentrates or extracts, the ODA may require you to obtain a hemp handler registration as well. You can find the ODA hemp handler's application forms on their website.

You can receive hemp items from an OLCC licensed processor with a hemp endorsement, from another OLCC licensed wholesaler, or from an ODA-registered hemp handler with an OLCC industrial hemp certificate. You can receive “harvested industrial hemp" (raw hemp) from an ODA-registered hemp grower or handler with an OLCC industrial hemp certificate.

No. Hemp items are not taxed, unless they are mixed with marijuana. For example, a chocolate bar made with half hemp extract and half marijuana extract would be taxed as a marijuana item.

No. Once the hemp is in the OLCC system it is required to stay in the system until sale to a consumer at the retail level. An OLCC processor may transfer to another OLCC licensed processor, wholesaler, or retailer.

After being entered into Metrc, any hemp or hemp item intended for transfer to an OLCC licensee must be tested for potency as well as for any other test that would be required for the equivalent marijuana item. The Oregon Department of Agriculture has additional testing rules that you should be familiar with as a registered hemp grower or handler.

Not necessarily. Our rules set limits on the total amount of THC that can be present in a “container" – basically a packaged unit of sale ready to be sold to a consumer. Except for usable hemp (flower and pre-rolls), hemp items packaged for sale to consumers can have no more than 10 mg total THC per container. If the product has servings, it can also have no more than 1 mg total THC per serving. Products that exceed these limits cannot be transferred to OLCC licensees and cannot be sold to consumers by OLCC retailers. See OAR 845-025-2760 for details. These limits only apply to hemp in the OLCC-regulated marijuana market. They do not apply to hemp in the general market.

Both parties are responsible. As a certificate holder, you are prohibited from transferring any item that exceeds the THC limits in OAR 845-025-2760 to an OLCC licensee. OLCC licensees are prohibited from receiving hemp or hemp items that exceed these limits. The certificate holder is responsible for confirming that the item is within the THC limits before manifesting it out, and the licensee is responsible for confirming the THC limits before accepting the transfer. It is important to note that exceeding the THC limits will not show as a failed test in Metrc.

Any hemp items packaged for ultimate sale to a consumer need to be packaged and labeled in accordance with OLCC packaging and labeling rules. Any label other than a generic label must receive pre-approval from OLCC. To submit labels and packaging for approval, you will need to visit our Recreational Marijuana Licensing portal and select “Register for a BUSINESS account." Additional information about the packaging and labeling pre-approval process can be found on our Packaging and Labeling Pre-Approval page.

Once an item has been accepted into an OLCC licensee's facility, it cannot be returned to the hemp certificate holder. The OLCC-regulated marijuana market is a closed system, so hemp entering into the licensed system is essentially a one-way street.


Marijuana Worker Permits

All employees who perform work on behalf of an OLCC licensed producer, processor, wholesaler, or retailer, including the licensees working in a licensed business or managing information in CTS must possess a marijuana worker permit if they participate in any of the following:

  • Possession, production, propagation, processing, securing or selling of marijuana items at the premises for which the license has been issued;
  • Recording of the possession, production, propagation, processing, securing or selling of marijuana items at the premises for which the license has been issued;
  • The verification of any document described in ORS 475B.170; or
  • The direct supervision of a person described above.


The worker permit fee is $100 and is only due upon approval.

Taking the online test is just the first step. To complete the process you need to apply for your worker permit online. Click on Register for a Worker Permit account and follow the directions that follow.

You may use the same USERNAME and PASSWORD as you did for the testing site if you would like, however the website for the online test and the application need to registered for separately.

 


No. Please email your USERNAME to marijuana.licensing@oregon.gov from the email address you used to register your account. You will receive an email response within 24 hours during regular business hours, M-F, 8am-5pm. Please allow for the next business day if you submit your request after 5pm on Fridays.

Do not create an additional account. Log in to your account and follow the directions listed in the email.


You will receive an email indicating a change in status, from NICUSA, at the email address you provided upon registration.


No. Worker Permits are available to be printed from your account dashboard after payment. Log in, click on Print my Worker Permit and print it off. This is what a Recreational Marijuana Worker Permit should look like:


The OLCC will contact you when your application has been processed and let you know it is time to pay.

Yes, a separate background check is required for the worker permit application. This will be processed directly by OLCC. You will be contacted by an email from marijuana.workerpermit@oregon.gov if additional information is needed.

All marijuana workers will take the same test, this will allow for you to change jobs within the industry if you so desire.

Worker permits are only required for employees of businesses licensed by the OLCC. However, some medical marijuana businesses may ask you to get a worker permit.


Personal Use

As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians are allowed to grow up to four plants on their property, possess up to eight ounces of usable marijuana in their homes and up to one ounce on their person. Recreational marijuana cannot be sold or smoked in public. For more information go to: www.whatslegaloregon.com.

You may purchase marijuana items at an OLCC licensed retail location.

The personal possession limits are:

·       One ounce of usable marijuana on your persons in public;

·       8 ounces of usable marijuana in your home;

·       16 ounces of a cannabinoid product in solid form;

·       72 ounces of a cannabinoid product in liquid form;

·       Five grams of cannabinoid extracts or concentrates, whether sold alone or contained in an inhalant delivery system;

·       Four marijuana plants; and

·       Ten marijuana seeds.


Useable marijuana refers to dried marijuana flowers or leaves. In other words, marijuana that is ready to smoke.

Yes, with limits. As of July 1, 2015, Oregonians can home grow of up to four plants per residence, regardless of how many people live in the residence. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence.

No, the Oregon Board of Pharmacy has voted to ban sale and possession of synthetic marijuana.  Synthetic marijuana is comprised of a number of different chemicals, none of which are derived from the plant Cannabis family Cannabaceae, any part of the plant Cannabis family Cannabaceae and the seeds of the plant Cannabis family Cannabaceae.  The chemicals contained in synthetic marijuana have been added to the Oregon Board of Pharmacy's list of controlled substances.

Chapter 475B does not affect existing landlord/tenant laws.

Chapter 475B does not affect existing employment law. Employers who require drug testing can continue to do so.

No. Marijuana cannot be smoked or used in a public place. The OLCC considers any establishment with a state liquor license to be public, including patios or decks set aside for smokers. Allowing marijuana use may put an establishment's liquor license in jeopardy. In addition, smoking and vaping in most businesses is limited by the Indoor Clean Air Act.

Chapter 475B defines a public place as “a place to which the general public has access and includes, but is not limited to, hallways, lobbies, and other parts of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence, and highways, streets, schools, places of amusement, parks, playgrounds and premises used in connection with public passenger transportation."


As of July 1, 2015, anyone at least 21 years of age can consume recreational marijuana in Oregon. Marijuana use or possession of recreational marijuana by anyone under 21 years of age is illegal. That includes home consumption.


Enforcement of the home grow/personal possession provisions of Chapter 475B will be at the discretion of local jurisdictions, the state police and possibly other law enforcement agencies. The OLCC is responsible for enforcement actions against businesses that the OLCC licenses to grow, process, wholesale and sell recreational marijuana and related products.

The retail price of recreational marijuana will be determined through a competitive marketplace.

Chapter 475B prohibits the sale of recreational marijuana to anyone under the age of 21. The act also gives OLCC authority to regulate or prohibit advertising. In writing the rules necessary to implement the new law, the OLCC may also regulate packages and labels to ensure public safety and prevent appeal to minors.

Yes. Current laws for DUII have not changed. Driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) refers to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated or drugged, including impairment from the use of marijuana. In addition, Chapter 475B requires OLCC to examine, research and present a report to the Legislature on driving under the influence of marijuana. The OLCC will do this in conjunction with the Department of Justice Criminal Investigation Division and Oregon State Police.

That depends on who you work for and what your employer says about the use of marijuana by employees. Passage of Chapter 475B does not change existing employment law in Oregon.

Unless meeting the exemptions in Oregon Law 2017, Ch. 7 and 613, Marijuana retailers may not be located within 1000 feet of a school, unless they meet specific exemptions All licensed businesses must be located in an area that is appropriately zoned. Also, local jurisdictions have authority to adopt reasonable regulations regarding the location of marijuana businesses, including regulations requiring that the businesses be located no less than 1000 feet from one another. To keep up to date, click here.

Taxes on recreational marijuana will be collected by the Oregon Department of Revenue at the retail level.

Chapter 475B does not address the possession or use of recreational marijuana on the land of Federally Recognized Tribes in Oregon.  This is an issue between the Federal Government and Tribal Governments




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