Oregon State Regulation Analysis
HB3460 creates new provisions for medical marijuana dispensaries in the state of Oregon. The Department of Public Health will be overseeing the program as it rolls out.
Qualifying patients are allowed to cultivate and sell excess medication to a dispensary, and be reimbursed for the expenses involved.
Oregon was previously a medical marijuana state and through the this bill is allowing the establishment of dispensaries to allow safer and more abundant access to medicinal cannabis. Dispensaries will be vertically integrated with a grow site for a traditional “closed loop” system.
Download PDF of the current regulations to open a dispensary in Oregon.
CANNA PROPOSALS analysis on application requirements to open a dispensary
- Comprehensive merit-based application process will require the first initial application, including non-profit information, site locations, proof of capitalization, and other specific Dispensing Center or Cultivation Center business and operations plans.
- A dispensary must not be located within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary, secondary or career school attended primarily by minors orlocated within 1,000 feet of another medical marijuana facility;
- Regulations require grow sites and dispensaries to maintain a complete seed-to-sale inventory control system, to monitor the chain of custody and current whereabouts, in real time, of medical marijuana from the point that it is harvested at the grow site and transferred to a dispensary and its patient members.
- Laboratory testing is required on testing for traces of pesticides/mildew and determining THC/CBD content, overall quality, and potency.
- Marijuana must be cultivated in a grow site that is an enclosed, locked facility.
- Dispensary must be located in an area that is zoned for commercial, industrial or mixed use or as agricultural land and may not be located at the same address as a marijuana grow site
- (MIP) Marijuana-Infused Products are allowed to be dispensed.
- A person convicted for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Schedule I or Schedule II may not be the person responsible for a medical marijuana facility for five years from the date the person is convicted.
- A person convicted more than once for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Schedule I or Schedule II may not be the person responsible for a medical marijuana facility.
State financial requirements to open a dispensary in Oregon
- A non-refundable application fee is yet to be established by the Oregon Department of Health.
- The department has stated that regulations should be finalized by January 31st, 2013.
CANNA PROPOSALS recommends that $150,000 or more in starting capital could be necessary to pay the expenses involved with development of your dispensary business plans, securing site locations, any consulting fees accrued, and paying all state financial requirements for ONE Dispensary Center or Cultivation Center license. There will be additional costs when applying for more dispensary licenses in Oregon.
This may or may not include the amount needed to develop either the grow site or the dispensary. For a grow site only, it is imperative to have the necessary operations costs covered for up to 2-4 months during initial cultivation cycle after receiving a cultivation license to operate. Please contact us for more information on how to open a dispensary in Oregon.