We just lately talked about that the Oregon Well being Authority would quickly supply steerage on seed-to-sale monitoring necessities for medical hashish. Final week, the Oregon Well being Authority (OHA) did precisely that, with its Medical Marijuana Info Bulletin 2017-07. The Bulletin comes pursuant to Senate Invoice 1057, probably the most vital pot invoice of the current Oregon legislative session. In our recap of that invoice, we ended with our oft-repeated statement that “the OHA regime will quickly recede to strictly restricted, patient-caregiver relationships. The cash there’s gone.” So, this can be a public service publish for anybody on the market rising marijuana within the OHA system with the aim of serving to sufferers and never getting wealthy.
As a reminder, the aim with SB 1057 and monitoring medical marijuana in Oregon is to restrict diversion and black market exercise. To perform this, SB 1057 gave the next parameters for monitoring:
- Required marijuana produced and transferred inside OHA’s Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) system to be tracked by the OLCC monitoring system. (The OLCC oversees non-medical, grownup use marijuana.)
- Specified funding for the monitoring system to be paid from the Oregon Marijuana Account previous to another distribution.
- Required OHA to impose a further charge on marijuana develop websites, processing websites, and dispensaries to pay prices incurred by the monitoring system.
- Specified timelines for monitoring system part in.
As offered in final week’s OHA Bulletin, December 1, 2017, has been chosen as Oregon’s monitoring system part in date. On or earlier than that date, OMMP registrants might be required to trace the manufacturing, processing and switch of all marijuana gadgets within the OLCC’s Hashish Monitoring System (CTS), and pay an related charge of $480. The choice is to use for an OLCC license previous to January 1, 2018, or to point that the registrant falls beneath an exemption. The exemption is slender: it happens solely the place a registrant is a affected person rising for him- or herself, with a ceiling of 12 mature crops and 24 immature crops.
Did we point out it might be unattainable to make any cash within the OHA system going ahead? It’s. Going ahead, the one marijuana bought at retail to medical cardholders can be at OLCC licensed dispensaries, tracked in CTS. In that sense, the December 1 deadline ought to come as a shock to nobody: SB 1057 has been on the books since Might, and OHA licensed dispensaries had turn out to be vanishingly uncommon earlier than that. If any OHA licensed dispensaries nonetheless exist after December, they’ll doubtless be vestigial to sparsely populated japanese Oregon counties, the place bans on grownup use gross sales proceed.
Even with all of this context, we nonetheless get occasional shoppers coming to our workplace wanting “to spend money on an Oregon medical marijuana develop.” If the person has been pitched on that, we inform them to run. As a enterprise proposition, the medical marijuana program in Oregon had a superb run from 2013 to 2016, however these days have handed. The current OHA Bulletin relating to December 1 and CTS confirms it.