Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Growers Prepare for Tracking

OHA & OLCC Holding Information Sessions across the State

OREGON:  This summer approximately 2,000 medical marijuana growers will need to start using Oregon’s Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) to ensure the marijuana they grow for patients is tracked and reported.  This week the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) launched a series of information sessions and workshops to help growers registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) begin the sign-up process to use CTS.

Oregon Senate Bill 1544, enacted during the 2018 legislative session, requires all OMMP medical marijuana grow sites with three or more patients to use CTS tracking, on or before July 1, 2018.  OMMP registered processors and dispensaries are also required to start using CTS by the July 1st deadline.

More than 1800 licensees in Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana system are already using the CTS, which tracks marijuana and marijuana products from seed to sale.  OHA and OLCC are holding a series of information sessions and workshops around Oregon to help OMMP registrants understand the tracking and reporting requirements, and learn how to use the CTS. 

OHA identified about 2,000 OMMP registered grow sites, where there are three or more patients registered at the grow site address.  Under SB 1544 medical marijuana grow sites limited to two or fewer growers and two or fewer patients are exempt from using CTS.  

The first step for a grow site required to use CTS is to designate one grower at the grow site address as the grow site administrator (GSA).  OHA is conducting a series of community outreach sessions for registered medical growers to help them understand reporting and tracking requirements for all grow sites.

In a second and separate series of meetings, OHA and OLCC will provide registered medical growers, processors, and dispensaries information on the requirements for using CTS.  Also, the State’s CTS provider, Metrc will provide a workshop for the OMMP registrants explaining how to use the CTS.

GSAs will be allowed to sell up to 20 pounds of marijuana into the OLCC regulated recreational marijuana system in a 12 month period.  However, the GSAs must provide proof of legal access to water before the marijuana can be sold into the OLCC market.  This sell-in option applies to a grow site as a whole, so a grow site with four growers would only be allowed to sell a total of 20 pounds into the recreational market, not 80 pounds.

In July 2018, the OLCC will begin auditing OMMP grow sites, processors, and dispensaries subject to tracking in CTS.  Later in 2018 OLCC inspectors will begin visiting OMMP grow sites required to use CTS to verify CTS tracking information, check to make sure CTS is being used properly, and look for any other violations.  However, because OHA regulates the OMMP program, OHA will determine any enforcement based on investigations conducted by OLCC. 

OHA will hold its GSA information meetings in Portland & Albany on May 4, Salemon May 8, Portland and Tillamook on May 10, Portland on May 11, Madras on May 14, Grants Pass on May 16 & 17 Webinars will be held for those that are unable to attend a session in person. More information and registration information can be found on the OHA OMMP website under the section “Informational Workshop Sessions.” 

The combined OHA & OLCC information sessions and workshops will be held in Portland on May 8 and 9, in Grants Pass on May 23, in Ashland on May 24, in Eugene on May 31, in Newport on June 1, in Roseburg on June 7, and Sunriver on June 12 Additional details and registration information can be found on the OLCC Eventbrite page.

Oregon’s Largest Medical Marijuana Grow Site Serves Only California Patients

OREGON:  Oregon’s biggest medical marijuana grow site doesn’t even serve Oregonians.

The grow site, located in the Josephine County community of Selma, produces medical marijuana for 104 Oregon medical marijuana patients – all of them in California.

Two patients live in northern California and the rest live in and around Orange County, Calif., according to The Oregonian/OregonLive’s analysis of 2014 state medical marijuana grow site data.

The Selma grow site, located in the heart of the state’s outdoor marijuana growing region, serves far more medical marijuana patients than any other site in the state.


Oregon House Backs medical Marijuana Amendment

OREGON:  The U.S. House narrowly passed a bill early Friday morning that would block the federal government from interfering with state medical marijuana laws — but it wasn’t a close vote when it came to the Oregon congressional delegation.

All five Oregon representatives voted for the amendment, including the lone Republican in the delegation, Greg Walden.  He was one of just 49 GOP members to support the amendment to a bill funding the Department of Justice.

The unanimous vote appeared to be a recognition of how deeply entrenched medical marijuana is in Oregon.  The state was one of the first to approve medical marijuana, in a 1998 ballot measure.  Last year, the Legislature passed a law allowing regulated dispensaries to open (although several localities have sought to prohibit them).

Medical marijuana was approved the same year in Washington state, but three of the state’s Republican representatives voted against the House amendment.  They are Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, who represents southwest Washington, and Reps. Dave Reichert and Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Oregon House Delays Vote On Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

OREGON:  The Oregon House delayed a vote on a bill that would grant local governments more control over medical marijuana dispensaries Monday.

Controversy over the timing of a vote on the bill led to an early end to the House floor session Friday.

The bill has support in the House to pass, but it faces challenges in the Senate.

“I think there is a very uncertain path in the Senate if there isn’t some more discussion,” Rep. Brian Clem, D-Salem, said. “I don’t think this bill will become law without further negotiation.”

The original version of Senate Bill 1531 would have given local governments the ability to ban dispensaries, but it was amended in the Senate to only allow local governments to regulate dispensaries — not ban them outright.


Medical Marijuana In Oregon: Committee Meets Monday To Review Draft Dispensary rules

OREGON: The committee charged with drafting rules for Oregon’s medical marijuana retail industry will meet Monday to discuss fees and whether local governments can restrict or ban dispensaries in their communities.

 The meeting, which is open to the public, begins at 9 a.m. in Hearing Room F of the Oregon State Capitol. The public may call 888-251-2909 to listen to the meeting. (Enter code: 539618#) The discussion also will be carried on a live video feed, which can be accessed here.

What the New Marijuana Dispensary Law Means for Oregon

OREGON:  Previously, patients have been required to grow the plants themselves or designate an individual to grow on their behalf.

Now, facilities will be allowed to serve the needs of medical marijuana license holders.   [Read more…]