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First meeting of the Oregon Cannabis Commission

12/7/2017 12:18:15 AM +00:00

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:

  • A possible framework for future governance of the Oregon Medical Marijuana program;
  • Steps to address research on cannabis in areas of public health policy and public safety policy;
  • Agronomic and horticultural best practices;
  • Medical and pharmacopoeia best practices;
  • A long-term plan to ensure cannabis will remain affordable to persons with debilitating medial conditions; and
  • Monitor and study federal laws, regulations and policies regarding marijuana.

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October 1, 2016 Compliance Deadline Approaching for Packaging, Labeling, Early Retail Sales and Food Safety

8/4/2016 8:57:08 PM +00:00

Labeling

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.

Packaging

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

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October 1, 2016 Compliance Deadline Approaching for Transferring, Concentration Limits and Testing

8/4/2016 8:46:33 PM +00:00

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

Testing

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.  

Concentration Limits

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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