Three things you should know about OHA's expanded early sales program

As you may know, the Oregon Health Authority has released a bulletin announcing that early sales of some extracts (pre-filled receptacle containing no more than 1000 mg THC), edibles (15mg THC) and non-psychoactive topicals (less than 6% THC) will begin next month on June 2nd. The Oregon Cannabis Association is proud to have been crucially involved in the passage of this legislation and will continue to work with the OHA, Oregon Legislature and other allies as the rules are being developed.

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Poll: Deschutes voters want regulations, not a do-over on Measure 91

By a 2-1 margin, Deschutes County voters say County Commissioners should establish reasonable regulations for marijuana businesses to operate in rural and unincorporated Deschutes County rather than refer another legalization measure to the ballot, a poll has found. The survey by the public opinion research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates also found that support for Measure 91 has grown in Deschutes County since voters approved the measure legalizing and regulating marijuana in 2014.

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OHA proposes restrictive, low-potency limits on edibles

In spite of the near-unanimous testimony from the Oregon Cannabis Association and others in the cannabis business community that low-potency limits on edibles will have negative unintended consequences for public health and safety, the OHA has moved forward with proposed permanent rules that are unnecessarily restrictive. If you share our concerns about the OHA’s decision, please take a moment to send a concise, direct and polite e-mail to the agency at publichealth.rules@state.or.us 

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March 31: Organic gardening workshop with Jeff Lowenfels!

Join us at the Melody Ballroom Thursday, March 31 as we get down and dirty with a technical event focusing on organic cultivation methods for cannabis. We will have special guest Jeff Lowenfels, an international expert in organic gardening and strong cannabis proponent, as well as a terrific panel of soil experts coordinated by Roots Garden Supply.

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BREAKING: OHA to offer provisional registration to processors

The Oregon Health Authority has announced that beginning April 1, cannabis processors who submit completed applications for licensing through the OHA will be allowed to operate under a provisional license. This means that extractors who follow the OHA’s rules and submit completed applications on April 1 will be able to resume operations, and that dispensaries will be allowed to except transfers of extracts from these provisionally licensed processors.

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Urgent OHA rules update

There were two unexpected takeaways from our conversation with OHA Marijuana Programs Manager André Ourso.

First, OHA made it clear that in order to qualify for a stay on the new plant limits, growers must apply for a license by April 1 AND demonstrate that they have fulfilled all of the obligations required for the stay. This had not been broadly communicated until now and the time is very short for OMMP growers who hope to take advantage of the stay.

Second, the Oregon Department of Justice and OHA are interpreting a new law intended to curb home production of extracts to mean that all unlicensed extraction is a Class B Felony, and that growers and dispensaries doing business with unlicensed extractors are potentially aiding and abetting this criminal activity and may be subject to criminal or civil penalties, including loss of license.

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