Urgent OHA rules update

More than 500 people turned out for the Oregon Cannabis Association's free emergency OHA rules update on March 15. See below for links to the meeting materials.

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.

As a result of this news, we already have reports from many Oregon businesses that are ceasing production and laying off employees. Hundreds of jobs and the viability of dozens of businesses are at risk. OMMP patients may soon face shortages of the products they depend upon.

The Oregon Cannabis Association is working to resolve this problem as quickly as possible. We will continue to reach out to OHA for clarity on their rules. And we will update you with new information as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, tremendous thanks are due to the individuals and businesses who created a 600-person event in under two weeks, beginning with Refuge PDX for providing a welcoming space for the community to come together at a critical moment, and to Rep. Ann Lininger, the Oregon Health Authority and Cascadia Labs for presenting.  Thank you also to The Daily Leaf for recording and posting the video of the event, and Oregon’s Cannabis Concierge and Josh Taylor for working his magic. Thank you to Maletis Holdings and Oregon’s Finest for generously donating beverages. And thank you to Pure Green, EcoFirma Farms, Shango, Sons of Agronomy, Cultivated Industries, Highly Distributed and Phyre Gardens, Danodan Grassworks, 7 Points Oregon, TJ’s Organic Provisions, CannaGuard Security, Udoxi Scientific, Luminous Botanicals, Roots Garden Supply, Luvli and Green Bodhi for volunteering your time and energy to making the event a success.

And thanks to all in Oregon's cannabis business community as we work together to promote safe, sane and sensible regulations in our state.