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Oregon Secretary of State Marijuana Audit

2/22/2018 4:44:08 AM +00:00

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The Oregon Secretary of State conducted an audit of the OLCC and the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS). Below are some highlights from the audit.

"Many of the issues identified in the audit were well known to OLCC, however the work accomplished by vendors and the OLCC has created a strong knowledge base, a solid framework to build upon with IT systems that provide a greater degree of accountability and licensee oversight. Because of the major commitment of staff time, these IT systems have served the state well and at a moderate expense."

"The recreational marijuana program is still growing with more than1,200 new applications moving through our licensing approval process. Applicant interest in licensing continues to exceed expectation, cannabis supply is robust, and low consumer market prices are directly challenging illegal market sales in Oregon. As well, the recreational system’s growth in sales to people who hold medical cards shows the regulated system can play an important role in providing reliable access to medical marijuana products."

"The audit points to several data reporting compliance issues related to timely entry of data. The OLCC will be systematically issuing fines based on violations that can be proven by data recorded in the CTS system or the absence of data by failing to record it, such as not meeting a requirement to account for a marijuana crop’ moisture loss within 45 days of harvest. Further build out of CTS will provide staff the ability to be routinely alerted to this type of violation, and potentially trigger a licensee user alarm. The OLCC is exploring how modifying the IT system and requirements user the Administrative Procedures Act (APA), that protect due process, can be integrated to auto-generate citations based on compliance failures to properly and timely record data. Similar to a “speeding ticket,” with this type of sanction the accumulation of too many ticket would result in the loss of license. In the meantime, the OLCC is manually monitoring data for timely entry and analyzing it for potential action against violators."

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