Grace Period Offered to 1,600 Oregon Cannabis Growers Who Are Out of Compliance

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April 4, 2019 – The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is offering out of compliance medical growers a chance to comply with the rules governing their production sites. According to the OHA there are as may as 1,600 growers who have yet to register with the OMMOS, or Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System. Failure to register will result in a civil penalty of at least $200. OMMOS reporting has been a requirement since July 2016. They are trying to get growers in compliance before civil penalties start being issued in May, 2019.

“Reporting to OMMOS is crucial in that it requires growers to report cannabis products going into or out of their site, or remaining onsite, which helps to prevent diversion to the black market,” Megan Lockwood, the OMMP manager, said in a press release Wednesday.

According to OHA a total of 1,618 of 1,903 growers who were supposed to did not report their inventory and transfers for February.

The rules require any growers at grow sites with two or fewer patients report monthly in OMMOS if:

  • You are the designated grower for an OMMP patient other than yourself
  • You are a patient growing for yourself at your own residence and you are transferring marijuana items to a medical processor or dispensary
  • You are a patient growing for yourself at a grow site address that is NOT your residence.

See the full press release and bulletin below:

Press Release

April 3, 2019


Medical marijuana growers who don’t report inventory face penalties OMMP giving about 1,600 growers a chance to come into compliance

PORTLAND, Ore.— The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is warning hundreds of cannabis growers they need to come into compliance with inventory reporting requirements or face stiff penalties.

The OMMP is issuing a bulletin today that reminds medical growers at grow sites required to use the OMMOS—Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System—that they must report their onsite cannabis inventory and any product transfers. Growers are required to log into OMMOS to report they had no inventory or product transfers during the month.

“Reporting to OMMOS is crucial in that it requires growers to report cannabis products going into or out of their site, or remaining onsite, which helps to prevent diversion to the black market,” said Megan Lockwood, OMMP manager.

Lockwood noted that a recent Oregon Secretary of State Audit that identified administrative shortcomings at the OMMP listed OMMOS tracking enforcement as an area the program needed to address to reduce diversion.

Oregon Administrative Rules 333-008-0033(3) and 333-008-0630 state that a grower must report the previous month’s transfers and onsite inventory by the 10th of each month. Those required to report must create an online account in OMMOS to submit reports. OMMOS reporting has been a requirement since July 2016.

A total of 1,618 growers who fall under the OMMOS rule did not report their inventory and transfers for February.

Growers can expect to receive warning letters later this month, allowing them time to come into compliance, before notices of civil penalty are issued in May. If a grower fails to come into compliance, a civil penalty of at least $200 will be issued. Failure to pay the civil penalty once issued and come into compliance may result in additional civil penalties and grower card registration revocation.

Growers at grow sites with two or fewer patients must monthly reports to the OMMP using OMMOS if they:

• Are the designated grower for an OMMP patient other than themselves.

• Are a patient growing for themselves at their own residence and they are transferring marijuana items to a medical processor or dispensary.

• Are a patient growing for themselves at a grow site address that is not their residence.

The state reporting rules don’t apply to patients growing only for themselves at their residence, unless they are transferring usable marijuana to a registered processing site or dispensary.

Bulletin

April 3, 2019

MEDICAL MARIJUANA INFORMATION BULLETIN 2019-02

Subject: Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System (OMMOS) Reporting Enforcement

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) would like to remind growers at grow sites that are required to use OMMOS that every month they must report on-site inventory and any transfers made. Even if there is no on-site inventory, or no transfers were made during the month, growers must still log into OMMOS to report there was no inventory or transfers by the 10th of every month.

Failure to report monthly into OMMOS will result in the OMMP issuing civil penalties to the grower or growers at a grow site.

OMMP will start issuing warning letters in April to growers who are not in compliance with OMMOS reporting requirements and will be given a chance to come into compliance. If a grower fails to come into compliance a civil penalty of at least $200 will be proposed.

Failure to pay the civil penalty and come into compliance may result in further civil penalties and grower card registration revocation.

Who must report in OMMOS

Growers at grow sites with two or fewer patients are required to submit monthly reports to the OMMP using OMMOS if ANY of the following is true:

  • You are the designated grower for an OMMP patient other than yourself.
  • You are a patient growing for yourself at your own residence and you are transferringmarijuana items to a medical processor or dispensary.
  • You are a patient growing for yourself at a grow site address that is NOT yourresidence.

OMMOS reporting is not required for a patient growing only for him or herself at his or her residence, unless the patient is transferring usable marijuana to a registered processing site, dispensary. (OAR 333-008-0630(1)).

What to report

A grower must report the previous month’s transfers and onsite inventory by the 10th of each month. Those required to report must create an online account in OMMOS to submit reports (OAR 333-008-0033(3) and 333-008-0630).

Detailed instructions on what is required to be reported can be found on the OMMP Reporting and Tracking Requirements webpage under the grower’s section and the “Need Help with OMMOS?” section. In addition, you will find instructions on how to create an OMMOS account and report. There are also tutorials available on how to report no on-site inventory and how to report no transfers being made for the month.

To create an OMMOS account or log into OMMOS please visit:

https://ommpsystem.oregon.gov/

If you need help logging into your OMMOS account, you are not sure if you should be reporting, or believe that you are exempt, please contact the program to verify. Staff are available to answer your questions Monday through Friday between 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM at 971-673-1234. You can also find what your reporting requirement is by logging into OMMOS at any time and looking under the “Grow Site Administrator” tab. The field on the far left, labeled “System,” will say either CTS, OMMOS, or Exempt for each of your grow sites.

Failure to report monthly into OMMOS as required will result in OMMP proposing to issue at least a $200 civil penalty to the grower.

OMMOS Training for Growers

Instructions: How to sign up for an OMMOS account and report in OMMOS (pdf)

Tutorial: How to Report No Onsite Inventory (pdf)

Tutorial: How to Report No Transfers for the Month (pdf)

Keith Mansur

Keith Mansur is the founder, publisher, and editor of Oregon Cannabis Connection newspaper. The print publication has been serving Oregon since 2010. He has been a Oregon medical marijuana patient, grower, and caregiver since 2006. Find him on Facebook or email him at occnewspaper420@gmail.com

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