Jeff Casto is in the 2nd week of his Marijuana Software internship and so far he is one of the most promising I.T. professionals I have ever come across. At the end of Jeff's intership he will be looking for work in the Portland area. If you need a good "Computer Person" in your organiztion consider hiring Jeff.
The Support Line has been really quite this week. Do you have OMMPOS questions? Please call and give Jeff work to do!
Thank you! It is you, OMMPOS Community who made this article possible. Thank you!
"For Raja and Kathleen Afrika, the year 2015 was filled with highs and lows.
In January, they founded their company, then called OMMPOS.com. Four months later, they received free laptops from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In August, they married.
Then, in October, they became homeless. They simply couldn't afford Portland anymore.
The couple picked up and moved to Astoria—mostly inspired by the city's starring role in the movie The Goonies..." Read More
We used Office 365 to setup a virtual phone system for Marijuana Software this week.
When you call the main number you will get a prompt for Sales (Raja) or Support (Jeff).
When you call me the call will go to my phone and computer whereever I am. It's really cool!
Also get a copy of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel and Word to install on up to 5 devices. Also, we have solved the security video storage problem with 5TB of OneDrive starting at $15/month. Ask me more.
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Under the rules change Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders or a designated caregiver will be allowed to purchase a larger amount of marijuana during a single transaction. In August 2018, after noticing suspicious purchase activity in the state’s Cannabis Tracking System, the OLCC reduced the daily purchase limit to one (1) ounce for OMMP cardholders.
The rule changes approved by the Commission take effect on December 28, 2018.
Key elements of the rules changes include:
Update 11/12/18 We tried to restart the intergration this evening but it had te same 9:15 result so we shut it back down and we are putting additional measures in place.
11/11/18 For the past several nights we have experienced 20 minute system outtages at 9:15 pm. We have traced the cause of these outtages to one of our integration partners and stopped the problem from happening this evening. We have temporarily put that intergration on hold until we can resolve the overload issue. Please feel free to call with questions. Thanks, Raja (971) 276 - 3371
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We are upgrading our Ommpos Weed Web Technology. Check out our new instant dispensary website!
Upload your quaterly taxes with just a few clicks. Our 2018 3rd quarter e-file is now available under REPORTS.
Medical Sales Daily Limits - OAR 845-025-2800
Date and Time:
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Oregon Liquor Control Commission
9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd., Portland, OR 97222
Presiding Officer: Bryant Haley
The Commission is currently in rulemaking to address issues surrounding the daily limits of medical marijuana. The purpose of this meeting will be to review limits and craft possible solutions.
The purpose of an advisory committee is to increase the public's involvement in the drafting and development of administrative rules.
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The bulletin is part of OLCC’s compliance education. It is important that you read it, and understand it. If you don’t understand it please contact the OLCC for help.
Failure to understand and follow the information contained in this bulletin could result in an OLCC rules compliance violation affecting your ability to work or operate your business.
Bulletin CE2018-05 covers the following issues:
The full bulletin, including substantive information about how to verify test information prior to receipt of a transfer, can be found on the OLCC’s website here.
The DOR Q2 quarterly return report is now avaiabe on the reports page. Your Q2 2018 Quarterly Return payment is due before July 31st. For more information on tax payments and due dates click here.
We are changing our name.
Why the change? We are growing. OMMPOS, LLC is becoming Marijuana Software, LLC. We will continue to provide you the same great service. The name of the website ommpos.com will continue to be the same.
We will begin to offer information about our other products like CRMs, Social Media Websites, API tools and Hardware from our MarijuanaSoftwareLLC.com website.
We updated our Refund Policy
We updated our returns policy to reflect a change in the vendor that e purchase Microsoft Surface land iPad tablets. Click here for more information.
We are now a BBB accredited business
Website Tools Update
Websites now support product pictures and descriptions. Add pictures ad descriptions from the Products page. They show up instantlyon your website!
NEXT UPDATE - The Hardware Update
We are working on tools to integrate Scales and automate Printing.
If you have questions or feedback email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (971) 276- 3376
The audio recording from the Rules Advisory Committee Meeting on March 7, 2018 is now available on the OLCC's website:
We routinely retake the Metrc compliance exam to make sure that we continue to build the best POS system for state level compliance.
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."
Today we added a new feature. CanPay payments. CanPay is a new cash-less way for your customers to buy from your store. With CanPay the money goes from your customers bank account straight into your business bank account. For early details please email email@example.com or call Raja at (971) 276 - 3371.
New: Age Check Verification option will force budtenders to enter a birthdate before completing a sale. Turn this option on from your Store Settings. We have also added a number of usability updates. Please call us with any questions. Thanks, Raja (971) 276 - 3371
We are receiving reports that the data in the METRC column of the product page is missing for several products. We are working with METRC to resolve the issue ASAP. This issue does not affect your inventory. It is a display issue only. Please give me a call with any questions. Thanks - Raja (971) 276 - 3371.
Payment and return deadlines
|Tax year||Qtr.||Qtr. start||Qtr. end||Return due||Payments due|
|2017||4||Oct. 1, 2017||Dec. 31, 2017||Jan. 31, 2018||Nov. 30, 2017
Jan. 2, 2018
Jan. 31, 2018
|2018||1||Jan. 1, 2018||March 31, 2018||April 30, 2018||Feb. 28, 2018
April 2, 2018
April 30, 2018
|2018||2||April 1, 2018||June 30, 2018||July 31, 2018||May 31, 2018
June 30, 2018
July 31, 2018
|2018||3||July 1, 2018||Sept. 30, 2018||Oct. 31, 2018||Aug. 31, 2018
Oct. 2, 2018*
Oct. 31, 2018
|2018||4||Oct. 1, 2018||Dec. 31, 2018||Jan. 31, 2019||Nov. 30, 2018
Dec. 31, 2018
Jan. 31, 2019
**These dates represent the first business day after the listed due date. In each case, the expected due date falls on a weekend.
ODA producers and handlers, who want to sell hemp and hemp products into the OLCC market, will need to obtain an Industrial Hemp Certificate. Step-by-step instructions on how to obtain the certificate can be found here.
Bend Licensees Pass OLCC Check for Sales to Minors
Portland, OR -- The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has conducted the first of its statewide minor decoy operations to determine if marijuana license retailers are complying with state laws and OLCC regulations ensuring minors aren’t able to enter the business to purchase marijuana products.
On December 19, 2017 OLCC marijuana inspectors visited 20 marijuana retailers in central Oregon, and all of the 20 businesses visited in Bend and La Pine passed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer.
“That our licensed retailers in central Oregon scored 100 percent on refusal to sell marijuana to a minor is a sign that this segment of our regulated industry understands the importance of compliance,” said Steve Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “As we continue these checks I hope that this result will be reflected across the state.”
Sale of marijuana products to anyone under the age of 21 is a violation that for a first offense could result in a 10 to 30 day license suspension, or a fine of $1650, depending on whether or not the sale is intentional. Failure by a marijuana licensee, or its employee, to check a customer’s identification before the attempted purchase of a marijuana product is a violation that could result in a seven (7) day license suspension or a fine more than $1100.
During the sales checks, a minor volunteer attempts to enter a licensed marijuana retailer and/or purchase marijuana products from a licensed business to see if staff are checking ID’s correctly and refusing entry to anyone under 21. Commission inspectors supervise the minor volunteers. The volunteers carry their own legal ID that identifies them as under 21 and do not disguise their age or lie to encourage the sale of marijuana. The Oregon Driver license for a minor carries a red border around the picture with the words “Minor Until” followed by the date of his/her 21st birthday.
The OLCC tests licensed marijuana businesses throughout the year, with each licensed retailer receiving a minimum of one visit per year. The OLCC offers a free training course on how to check ID’s and identify false identification.
“This is part of our stepped up compliance and enforcement activity,” said Marks. “We’re working to make sure that all segments of our regulated market are living up to the requirements of their license, and the expectations Oregonians have that they will act responsibly and follow the law.”
The first meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission will be held this Friday, December 8, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. The meeting will be held in Portland.
For more information or to sign up for e-mail updates specific to the Commission, please visit the new Cannabis Commission webpage at: healthoregon.org/cannabiscommission
The Oregon Cannabis Commission was established in the 2017 legislative session through House Bill 2198
The mission of the Commission is to provide advice to the Oregon Health Authority with respect to the administration of ORS475B.400 to 475B.525; and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with respect to the administration of ORS475B.010 to 475B.395, as those statutes pertain to registry identification cardholders and primary caregivers.
The commission is tasked with determining:
Now you can buy hardware like Zebra Label Printers, Star Receipt Printers plus labels, receipt paper and more directly from our new OMMPOS Store. Check out our new and improved store here!
How to Enter Samples into a Cup Competition
Only Retailers can sell or give directly to the public. Producers, Processors, Wholesalers, and Labs cannot sell or gift to non-licensees.
The only compliant way for Cup Competition samples to be provided to judges is for the items to be purchased at an OLCC Retailer location. As a licensed producer or processor you can transfer items to an OLCC Retailer within Metrc, and those items can be purchased at cost by a judge or competition organizer for consumption in the judges’ or organizer’s personal residence. The retail store may charge a discounted price for the marijuana items or give it away free if the customer is an OMMP cardholder.
Most commonly, we have heard licensees say that they intend to use the “In-house Quality Control” adjustment reason in Metrc to enter samples into competition. This is not compliant. Using a licensee’s “quality control” allowance to remove product from the system and provide to individuals would be circumventing the rules and would not be a valid method of entering into a competition. Quality Control samples are intended for quality improvement purposes within a facility, not for providing free product to individuals off the licensed premises.
Any attempt to use adjustments – of any kind – in Metrc for purposes of entering samples into a cup competition would be a violation of OLCC rules.
Booths at a Cup Competition
Under Oregon law, no consumption is allowed in a public place. Any location with an OLCC liquor license would be a public place, even if the venue is specifically reserved for a cannabis event. If the location is not licensed to sell liquor, whether it is considered “public” is determined by the local jurisdiction. For more information on what is and is not allowed regarding consumption, see OLCC’s “Consumption, Gifting, and Giveaways” guide.
However, with prior approval, an OLCC licensee can set up a booth at an event and have limited amounts of marijuana items on-site for display only. The event as a whole would operate as a “promotional event” in which OLCC licensees with prior approval may participate.
More information regarding promotional events, including how to apply and how to document in Metrc can be found in bulletin CE2017-10 on OLCC’s website.
We called the OMMP to find out.
The OMMP directed us to the OLCC's Marijuana information hotline (503-872-5000).
When we called the OLCC hotline we got the following answer (paraphrased)
"Yes, this most recent legislative session did change the rules so that OMMP producers will be able to sell to OLCC Rec facilities. The rules have been updated but there are still no mechanisms in place to implement the new rules. Until we have a chance to update these mechanisms we will be operating under the old rules where OMMP is not allowed to sell to OLCC. We anticipate that we will have a chance to update this mechanisms around the beginning of the year 2018."
So, yes the rules have changed to permit OMMP Growers to sell to OLCC Dispensaries but you can't do it yet.
(971) 276 - 3371
Marijuana Product Transfers
No licensee may receive marijuana items from outside the licensed OLCC system
Download Bulletin CE2017-13 from the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program website which illustrates what products can be transferred.
Each license type has specific privileges for the transfer of marijuana and marijuana products
Beginning today, August 30, 2017, every batch of usable marijuana (flower and leaves) must be tested directly for pesticides according to the Oregon Health Authority’s testing rules in order to be compliant. This includes untested product that was collected for sampling prior to August 30.
Some temporary rules regarding the sampling and testing of usable marijuana have expired, and Oregon Liquor Control Commission Recreational Marijuana Program licensees are required to follow updated OLCC and Oregon Health Authority rules.
This reminder follows an August 11, 2017 OLCC Compliance Bulletin CE2017-09 sent to Recreational Marijuana Program producer and laboratory licensees explaining the rules adjustment. The bulletin is also posted on the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program website.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission issued an order to limit pesticide testing of usable marijuana meant for retail sale to consumers on October 3, 2016. At that time, OLCC staff found that there was insufficient lab capacity for 100% batch testing of usable marijuana for pesticides. On March 3, 2016, the Commission made a similar determination and extended temporary rules to allow for the continued practice of testing one-third of the batches.
The Commission will continue to monitor market flow and respond to any issues that arise with the expiration of the temporary rule.
If you have questions please contact the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program at firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: SB 1057 Decision and Tracking Requirement
During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Legislature passed SB 1057 which requires OMMP registered grow sites (except as exempted below), processors and dispensaries to decide to stay registered with OMMP or become licensed by OLCC. Registrants which remain registered with OMMP will be required to track the production, processing, and transfer of all marijuana items using the OLCC Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) and pay a new fee for using CTS.
Exemption: If you are a patient growing for yourself and there are no more than 12 mature plants and 24 immature plants at your grow site you are not required to track in CTS.
A notice of this new requirement and a form will be mailed August 30, 2017.
Each registrant will be required to, no later than December 1, 2017, provide notice on a form prescribed by OMMP of their decision to:
If a registrant does not notify OMMP of their decision by December 1, 2017, the registration will not be renewed.
If the registrant notifies OMMP with the decision to get licensed with OLCC but do not apply with OLCC by January 1, 2018, the registration will not be renewed.
Additional Grower Info
All growers at a grow site must collectively make the decision to remain registered with OMMP or move to OLCC and submit only one form to OMMP. Submitting more than one form for a grow site may result in registration not being renewed.
For more information visit: healthoregon.org/ommpcts
Yesterday the OLCC sent out an email with guidance on the requirements for labels placed on marijuana packaging. We have updated our OMMPOS labels to be in compliance with this updated guidance. You can view more information on the OLCC's packaging and labeling requirements here:
Please give us a call with any questions.
(971) 276 - 3371
We are proud to offer Online Ordering for your Dispensary Website. Now your customers can fill up an online shopping cart, join your website and place orders. OMMPOS will send you an email with the manifest. Check out our Demo Store here: http://xweb.ommpos.com/menu
Contact us to add an online ordering website to your store. - Raja (971) 276 - 3371
June 1st 2017 is our 2 year anniversary. When we signed up our first customer OMMPOS was just a very basic system for OHA dispenaries. From that time to this we became the first POS system in Oregon to be certified for Metrc. We were the first system in Oregon with compliant receipts and labels and the first system in Oregon to comply with the rapid changes in Oregon law. We have had over 50 Oregon dispenaries try OMMPOS and each new store provides vital feedback that has changed this system from its humble beginings into the best POS and Grow Management system for Oregon. Thank you to our Oregon community for making OMMPOS thrive!
Kathleen and Raja Afrika
On Monday, April 17, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed SB 863 into law. The new law prohibits OLCC licensed marijuana retailers from recording, retaining or transferring information contained on a passport, driver’s license, military identification card or other identification card.
The Deadline to clear the personal recreational customer information from your store is May 18th. We have added a new button "Sanitize Customer Data" under Store settings. This button will erase the names, addresses and id numbers of all of your recreational customers. Your medical customer data will not be touched. Please give me a call with any questions. - Raja (971) 276 - 3371.
Here are some helpful reminders from the Department of Revenue for staying in tax compliance and making payments:
All licensed retailers must register their businesses for the marijuana tax program. You can register by either submitting a paper form or using our Revenue Online registration option at www.oregon.gov/dor/revenue-online. If your business isn’t registered, you can’t make payments with us because we won’t have a place to apply your payments.
Each retail location needs a separate registration, tax account, and quarterly tax return. You can access all of those accounts under a single Revenue Online login. If all locations use the same FEIN, this will occur by default, and you’ll be able to access all accounts as long as you can provide the information required for authentication. To access to those accounts, click “Add access to account” under the “I want to” menu.
If each location uses a different FEIN, you can access those as “third party” or “client” accounts from your main account. To access those accounts, click “Add third-party access” under the “I want to” menu.
Licensed retailers must file their returns electronically through Revenue Online. Returns are due quarterly, at the end of the month following the last day of the quarter. For example, the first-quarter returns are due on the last day of April. Returns must include total sales, by product and by month for both medical and recreational sales. It must also include the total amount of tax-exempt sales (medical). The system will then calculate the taxable sales and taxes due. This calculation gives you the opportunity to double-check your quarterly numbers.
Although returns are quarterly, payments are required monthly. You can pay in cash or by check or money order. You can mail check or money order payments, or you can deliver it person. We only accept cash payments at the main Department of Revenue building in Salem, and you’ll need an appointment. You can schedule an appointment by calling (503) 945-8050. Payments are due at the end of the month following the month of sales. For example, taxes collected in January are due by the end of February.
Here are the deadlines for 2017:
January tax—February 28, 2017
February tax—March 31, 2017
March tax—May 1, 2017
May 1, 2017
April tax—May 31, 2017
May tax—June 30, 2017
June tax—July 31, 2017
July 31, 2017
July tax—August 31, 2017
August tax—October 2, 2017
September tax—October 31, 2017
October 31, 2017
October tax—November 30, 2017
November tax—January 2, 2018
December tax—January 31, 2018
January 31, 2018
We encourage all marijuana retailers to visit our website at www.oregon.gov/dor/marijuana for additional information.
Establishes Sharing Framework between Producers and Patients
Portland, Oregon – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today approved rules allowing growers licensed in Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Program to grow marijuana specifically for Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cardholders. Under this “medical bump-up” arrangement recreational producers will be allowed to grow additional canopy above what is allowed in their OLCC license.
The new rules allow producers to enter into agreements with OMMP cardholders, however a medical cardholder can only have one assigned grower. Producers that decide to add medical bump up canopy can transfer useable marijuana to an OMMP cardholder.
If a cardholder allows, a producer may transfer excess to other cardholders and caregivers, and OMMP dispensaries and processors. All production and transfer of excess product is required to be tracked in the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS).
“This will be the first medically grown marijuana in Oregon under regulations that meet the compliance guidelines of the federal Cole Memo,” said Marvin Revoal, Acting Chair of the OLCC. “It’s important that we keep legally produced marijuana from being diverted to the illegal market, and again Oregon’s leadership shows that both medical and recreational marijuana can be regulated together.”
The OLCC already allows the sale of medical grade marijuana products by its licensed retailers and those products amount to about 14% of sales in the OLCC regulated environment. Under the bump-up rules up to 25% of the yield grown for an OMMP cardholder can be sold to OMMP processors and dispensaries.
Addressing the concern voiced by patients, doctors, and medical marijuana advocates that the three pound limit would create a medicine shortage for some patients, Commissioner Pamela Witherspoon called on the Commission to adopt an exception process for patients who need more medicine.
Steven Marks, the Commission’s Executive Director said the agency would monitor patients’ ability to obtain their medicine – especially those with serious illnesses, and act to ensure patient access to medicine either in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority, or within the OLCC’s own rulemaking authority.
“This approach strikes a balance in that it will cover the need of the majority of OMMP cardholders,” said Steven Marks, Executive Director of the OLCC. “At the same time the OLCC wants to help patients who are seriously ill be able to obtain whatever amount of cannabis-derived medicine they need to treat their illnesses and help them maintain or improve their quality of life.”
The OLCC will monitor the implementation of the bum-up canopy rules and if necessary adjust the rules as the agency learns more from producers and OMMP cardholders who participate in the bump-up program. The bump-up rules take effect on May 1, 2017.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 863 into law on April 17, 2017.
SB 863 prohibits marijuana retailers from recording, retaining or transferring information contained on a passport, driver’s license, military identification card or other identification card.
What are marijuana retailers required to do?
Beginning immediately retailers may NOT record or retain customer information gathered from a piece of official identification (e.g. driver’s license, passport) that could identify the customer.
Retailers are still required, prior to completing the sale of a marijuana item to a consumer, to verify that that the consumer has valid, unexpired government-issued photo identification and must verify that the consumer is 21 years of age or older. See: OLCC Recreational Marijuana Rules (Retailer Operational Requirements: 845-025-2820)
This law does not change licensee reporting and inventory requirements. Sales and inventory data must still be reported into Metrc daily including an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) card number if selling to a patient or caregiver.
On or before May 18, 2017 retailers must destroy any previously collected information that may be used to identify a consumer acquired through the production of a piece of legally described identification. This includes any consumer information that was previously acquired with consent for the purposes of marketing.
Licensees should NOT delete or destroy information in Metrc. This requirement only pertains to information recorded or retained outside of Metrc.
Going forward a retailer may retain the name and the contact information of a customer for marketing purposes only, if the retailer:
· Asks the consumer if they may record the information for marketing purposes AND
· The consumer agrees in writing to the information being used for marketing purposes.
This consumer consent does NOT authorize the retailer to sell or transfer the consumer’s personal information.
Questions about the retailer implementation of SB 863 should be directed to the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program at: email@example.com or by calling 503-872-6366
It's time to file Quarterly Marijuana Tax Returns. The Oregon Department of Revenue will only accept quarterly returns filed electronically; So how do you do that?
Feel free to call me with questions. -Raja Afrika (971) 276 - 3371
Sales to Medical Cardholders
Sales to medical cardholders are not taxed
If you are a licensed retailer selling a marijuana item to an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cardholder you may not change a tax. Instead enter the OMMP card number in your Point of Sale system, or the Metrc Cannabis Tracking System, to verify the reason tax was not charged.
Only retailers that have completed the form “Registration for Sale of Recreational Marijuana for Medical Purposes” are allowed to sale medical grade products. Medical grade products come from OLCC licensed processors, but contain medical concentration limits; medical grade products can only be sold to OMMP cardholders. Retailers that are registered for medical sales may also allow an OMMP cardholder, 18 years of age or older, inside their retail establishment.
Discounting Marijuana Items
OLCC licensed retailers may discount marijuana items.
Example: a retailer may offer a 20% discount for top shelf product.
The discount rules do not allow a marijuana item to be discounted in correlation with the purchase of another item. Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) and customer loyalty cards linked to marijuana products are NOT allowed.
Example: A retailer cannot offer buy 2 get 1 for free.
Example: A retailer cannot have a customer loyalty punch card where the customer buys 10 ounces of marijuana and receives the 11th ounce for free. If a retailer wants to offer a loyalty punch card, it could be,"buy 10 ounces of marijuana and get a t-shirt or hat for free", because the free product is not marijuana.
For More Information:
What are the restrictions in advertising your cannabis business?
Advertising is publicizing the trade name of a licensee together with words or symbols referring to marijuana or publicizing the brand name of marijuana or a marijuana product.
Marijuana advertising may not:
· Contain statements that are deceptive, false, or misleading;
· Contain any content that can reasonably be considered to target individuals under the age of 21;
· Encourages the transportation of marijuana items across state lines;
· Assert that marijuana items are safe because they are regulated by the Commission or have been tested by a certified laboratory or otherwise make claims that any government agency endorses or supports marijuana;
· Make claims that recreational marijuana has curative or therapeutic effects;
· Display consumption of marijuana items;
· Contain material that encourages the use of marijuana because of its intoxicating effect;
· Contain material that encourages excessive or rapid consumption.
Advertisements through print, billboard, television, radio and internet must contain the following statements (this does not apply to advertising on apparel):
Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug
For use only by adults twenty-one years of age and older
Keep out of reach of children
If the OLCC receives complaints about advertising we will investigate. You should be prepared to verify you are not breaking any of the advertising rules located in Division 25 Administrative Rules. If you are advertising through television, radio, billboards, print media or internet you must have verification no more than 30% of your viewing audience in under the age of 21.
Kathleen Afrika is an Oregon Native, Co-Founder and majority shareholder of OMMPOS.com Oregon's first Marijuana Point of Sales System software company, 29 year old mother of 2 and caregiver to an OMMP patient.
Kathleen was born and raised in Hillsboro, Oregon where she grew up on a tree nursery and developed her love of nature. In 2015 Kathleen used her extensive knowledge of the retail and services industries to form OMMPOS with help from her husband and co-founder Raja Afrika.
Kathleen's courage, vision and determination have helped the Afrikas to survive homelessness and job loss and overcome many obsticles to grow her company. Today OMMPOS serves over 40 retail locations in Oregon and is one of the leading providers of Marijuana Retail Management Software in the state.
Now all employees can update their own profile picture. Just click on your profile icon and upload a pic.
How do we look? We just updated OMMPOS to work better with mobile devices. Our goal is to make this Point of Sale System the best mobile Marijuana POS available. Please send us a text or email and let us know what you think. - Raja (971) 276 - 3371 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday the OLCC hosted a Marijuana Update meeting. The meeting was attended by approximately 70 Producers, Processors, Wholesalers and Retailers. During the meeting the OLCC explained the breakdown of rules and responsibility between organizations like the OLCC, OHA, DOA and ODOR. After each presenter there was a question and answer session that was very enlightening.
New Licenses and License Renewals
The OLCC reports that there is a backlog in processing the various applications for licensing. During the first year the OLCC pulled inspectors from the Liquor side of affairs to make up for the backlog of applications. Now those auxiliary resources are returning to normal duty so expect a slowdown in the time that it takes to process a new or renewal application.
For those licensees who have a renewal date pending the OLCC recommends that you apply for renewal sooner rather than later. There is a critical 20-day window for renewal. If you apply for license renewal with more than 20 days left on your license, then you can continue to operate even if it takes the OLCC more than 20 days to process your license renewal, however if there is less than 20 days left before you apply for renewal then you will have to close operations after your expiration date until the OLCC is able to process your renewal. Again, apply with more than 20 days on your license and keep operating. Apply with less than 20 days on your license and shut down when your license expires until after the OLCC can process your application.
The OLCC warms that there are a lot of reporting irregularities in METRC and that they will be beginning to crack down on these errors soon with fines. The example provided was that of the producer who harvested a plant 6 months ago and never applied a tag. Please be sure to keep your METRC reporting accurate and up-to-date to avoid penalties.
TJ Sheehy of the OLCC says that pre-rolls should always be weight-based. Many dispensaries log pre-rolls as unit or combined-each in METRC but this is incorrect. All pre-rolls should be weight-based.
IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO APPLY YOUR OWN TAG OVER A VENDOR TAG. If you receive a package from a vendor and that package has a package tag you can use the METRC package tag in OMMPOS. You do not need to re-package packages received from Vendors.
The OLCC emphasized that it is the licensee’s responsibility to ensure that ALL employees of your organization are registered in METRC and that all employees who handle Marijuana possess a valid Marijuana Handler’s card.
For questions about the rules the OLCC recommends visiting WhatsLegalOregon.com
For question about how we can help you keep your dispensary compliant contact Raja (971) 276 – 3371 or visit us at http://ommpos.com
Basically what is happening is an internal DEA accounting change in how they track Cannabis Extracts.
There appears to be a proliferation of misleading news with the headline :The DEA Just Banned CBD."
We searched the internet and have been unable to find this story on any major news outlets. It is my opinion that this news is false news or at least intentionally misleading.
Here is what we have been able to figure out with 15 minutes of searching with BING.
CBD being derived from Marijuana is a schedule 1 substance under Federal law. States like Oregon, California, Washington, Colorado and Massachusetts will have legal CBD products because Marijuana has been legalized recreationally in these states. In states where Marijuana is not recreationally or at least medically legal it would be illegal to possess CBD products.
Of course the postal service is a federal institution so sending CBD products through the post would violate federal law as would be transporting CBD or any other Marijuana containing product across state lines.
Basically nothing has changed.
We found this article describing the DEA Easing regulations for CBD research
DEA Eases Requirements for FDA-Approved Clinical Trials on Cannabidiol
and this source article with DEA commentary on Cannabis Extracts.
Rules - 2016 - Establishment of a New Drug Code
Take Deep Breaths. Hope this helps. This is my opinion and not legal advice.
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Switching From Medical Marijuana Dispensary to OLCC Retail?
Tax Rate Changes, New Tax Filing Process Are Coming
The Department of Revenue wants to help the marijuana industry understand the changes in the tax collection process if they convert from operating as an Oregon Health Authority medical marijuana dispensary to a marijuana retailer in the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) regulatory environment.
Different Tax Rates for OHA Dispensaries & OLCC Retailers
Once an OLCC license becomes effective, the taxes you collect on your customers’ purchases of marijuana and marijuana products will change. The "Early Start" rate now in place for medical marijuana dispensaries is 25 percent, but the retailer rate is 17 percent. You should charge your customers the lower 17 percent rate when your OLCC license takes effect.
Filing Tax Returns – Transitioning from Dispensary to Retail
Whether you remain a Medical Marijuana Dispensary or become a Marijuana Retailer you’re still responsible for filing tax returns with the Department of Revenue.
What and how you must file depends on when you transition. If your OLCC retailer license takes effect on October 1, 2016, you should electronically file your first retail tax return for the 4th quarter of 2016 on Revenue Online. You should also file your final return as a dispensary for the 3rd quarter of 2016 using Form OR-581.
If you’re transitioning at the end of 2016 and your final day of sales as a medical marijuana dispensary is December 31, 2016, and your OLCC retail license takes effect on January 1, 2017, you should electronically file your first retail tax return for first quarter 2017 using Revenue Online, and for the dispensary’s operation for the 4th quarter of 2016 file a Form OR-581.
For any other transition scenario, you’ll be required to file two returns for the 4th quarter: one on paper for the 25-percent tax rate and one electronically on Revenue Online for the 17 percent rate.
You will want to keep detailed sales records to track when your tax rate changed, so that you can accurately file reports for the two tax rates.
Please contact the Department of Revenue at marijuanatax.DOR@oregon.gov with any questions.
The OLCC has produced a video version of its Packaging and Labeling workshop. The video, which runs about one hour, contains information on the requirements for packaging and labeling as well as the submission process to get them approved.
The video can also be directly accessed on the OLCC YouTube Channel.
The OLCC also has also updated the OLCC Approved Package List, as well as produced a short update on the packaging and labeling submission process.
Technical questions about packaging and labeling can be sent to: email@example.com
Starting October 1, 2016, all cannabinoid products, concentrates and extracts must be compliant with labeling rules found in OAR 333-007-0010 to 333-007-0100, see also 333-0081200(8) and 333-008-1740(10).
For Dispensaries: Any marijuana items in a dispensary that do not meet the new division 7 labeling requirements on October 1st must be returned to whoever transferred them or the dispensary must dispose of the products. The dispensary must document any returns or disposal of products.
Starting October 1, 2016, all marijuana items, except immature plants and seeds, must be packaged per OLCC packaging rules found in OAR 845-025-7000 to 845-025-7060. Also see OAR 333-008-1200(8) and 333-008-1740(10).
What does this mean?
A dispensary or processor who packages marijuana items for ultimate sale to a consumer, patient, or caregiver must transfer all marijuana items in OLCC approved child-resistant packaging starting October 1, 2016. This includes flower and all other marijuana products but excludes immature plants and seeds. A dispensary may use child-resistant exit packaging to comply with the rules. It is a business decision between the processor and the dispensary regarding who should provide the child-resistant packaging.
A guide is available on the OLCC website that explains the packaging rules in more detail and reviews the pre-approval process. The OLCC opened the packaging pre-approval process on August 2, 2016. Please visit the OLCC website for more information: http://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Pages/PackagingLabelingPreApproval.aspx
Early Retail Sales
A dispensary may only participate in early retail sales until December 31, 2016. OAR 333-0081500(5)(6)
What does this mean?
Starting January 1, 2017, an OHA registered medical marijuana dispensary can only sell marijuana items to OMMP patients and caregivers. Sales made to anyone other than registered patients and caregivers will result in enforcement action against the dispensary.
After December 31, 2017, if a dispensary wishes to continue selling marijuana items to adults 21 years of age and older and also to medical marijuana patients and caregivers at the same location, they must be licensed by OLCC. Please visit the OLCC website for information. www.marijuana.oregon.gov
Dispensaries and Food Safety
On and after October 1, 2016, all dispensaries that sell edibles must obtain a food safety license from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). OAR 333-008-1200(9)
What does this mean?
In order for a dispensary to apply with ODA, every edible item the dispensary sells must have been made in an ODA approved kitchen. For more information, please contact ODA at 503986-4565 or visit the ODA cannabis website: https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/agriculture/Pages/Cannabis.aspx
Violations and Enforcement
Any registered dispensary, processor, grower, patient or caregiver that is found to be violating any of the rules may be subject to civil penalties and/or have their registration suspended or revoked. OAR 333-008-2180 through 333-008-2200.
All rules related to medical marijuana may be found on the OMMP’s rule page at: www.healthoregon.org/ommprules
October 1, 2016 Compliance Deadline Approaching for Transferring, Labeling, Concentration Limits, Packaging and Testing
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is approaching a compliance deadline of October 1, 2016, for transferring, labeling, setting concentration limits, packaging and testing of marijuana and marijuana products.
The next 60 days serves as a transition period to allow registrants to move into compliance with new rules. All rules related to medical marijuana may be found on the OMMP’s rule page at: www.healthoregon.org/ommprules
Transferring Cannabinoid Products, Concentrates and Extracts
Beginning October 1, 2016, dispensaries may only accept transfers of cannabinoid products, concentrates and extracts from a registered processing site. OAR 333-008-1230(2). On or after October 1, 2016, dispensaries may continue to sell already stocked cannabinoid products, concentrates and extracts that were transferred from unregistered processors to the dispensary prior to October 1, 2016, but the products, concentrates and extracts must meet labeling, concentration limits, packaging and testing rules found in division 7 as outlined below
Starting October 1, 2016, all marijuana items must be sampled and tested according to OAR 333-007-0300 to 333-007-0490 and OAR 333-064-0100 to 333-064-0110. On and after October 1, 2016, any laboratory that tests marijuana items must be accredited by ORELAP and licensed by OLCC. Only accredited and licensed laboratories may sample and test marijuana items. A list of accredited and licensed laboratories will be made available on the OMMP laboratories web page. http://public.health.oregon.gov/DiseasesConditions/ChronicDisease/MedicalMarijuanaProgram /Pages/laboratories.aspx
For Dispensaries: On or after October 1, 2016, a dispensary may continue to sell marijuana items that were not sampled and tested by an accredited and licensed laboratory if: The items are transferred to the dispensary before October 1, 2016; The items comply with the concentration limits, labeling and packaging rules found in division 7 of the rules; and The items are labeled with a label that reads “DOES NOT MEET NEW TESTING REQUIREMENTS” in 12-point font, and in bold, capital letters.
A dispensary will only be allowed to transfer these products to patients, caregivers and consumers until January 1, 2017.
Beginning October 1, 2016, all cannabinoid products, cannabinoid concentrates or extracts must meet the concentration limits as outlined in OAR 333-007-0200 and 333-007-0220. Lowdose cannabinoid edibles sold to retail customers from medical dispensaries during the early start period must continue to meet the definition found in OAR 333-008-1500(1)(k).
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