By Habit 420
Oregon Cannabis Connection
The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), again on a Friday afternoon, has released more changes to the rules. This change is to extended the deadline for processors to become “fully” registered with the OMMP.
The original deadline was January 1st, 2017, and the memo is dated December 23rd, 2017. At the time of the memo, not a single processor had been approved for licensing yet they have 140 applicants lined up waiting. They are going to allow those that submitted applications before October 1st to operate until they receive their license.
From the OHA Statement of Need and Justification:
“Under the current rules, in order for dispensaries to accept cannabinoid concentrates, extracts and products from processors, the processors had to be registered by January 1, 2017. At the time of this filing there were no registered processors. OHA is adopting temporary rules to amend Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-008-1200 and 333-008 -1230 to permit a registered dispensary to continue to accept cannabinoid concentrates, extracts and products from a processor applicant who applied on or before October 1, 2016, but who has not yet been registered. On and after April 1, 2017, registered dispensaries will only be able to accept cannabinoid concentrates, extracts and products from an OHA registered processor.”
“In addition, OAR 333-008-9910 is being adopted to make it clear that those processors that applied for a registration on or before October 1, 2016 may continue operating, though they must operate in accordance with rules applicable to processors. A processor who applied after October 1, 2016, may not operate unless the application is approved for registration.”
More problems for processors beyond the testing issues they faced in recent weeks which have created shortages in the market. This is a smart move for the supply chain to be able to continue, but the “management-by-memo” style the OHA continues to implement is not effective and a poor way to manage such a tenuous industry.
OHA Memo released two days before Christmas on Friday, December 23rd at 2:26PM:
December 23, 2016
MEDICAL MARIJUANA INFORMATION BULLETIN 2016-32
Subject: Deadline for Processors to Become Fully Registered Has Been Extended
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) has adopted temporary rules that extend the deadline for when processors must become fully registered with OMMP.
If you are a processor who applied and paid application and registration fees to OMMP on or before October 1, 2016, you will be able to continue operating until March 31, 2017 if are listed on the complete processor application list. On and after April 1, 2017, only those processors that pass a readiness inspection and hold a registration certificate from OMMP will be allowed to operate.
If you are a processor who applied and paid an application and registration fee to OMMP after October 1, 2016, you are not allowed to accept transfers of marijuana or make transfers of marijuana products on or afterJanuary 1, 2017. Processors that applied after October 1, 2016, may operate only when they are fully registered.
Please review OAR 333-008-1200, 333-008-1230 and 333-008-9910 in the temporary rule section of our websitefor the rule language. These temporary rules are effective from December 31, 2016 through June 28, 2017.
This change will ensure that processors have sufficient time to get registered and that medical marijuana patients have access to a sufficient supply of medical marijuana items from dispensaries.
Dispensaries must check the online processor list to ensure they are only accepting transfers from those processors that are listed.
The temporary rules also give dispensaries until April 1, 2017, to be licensed for food safety by the Oregon Department of Agriculture.
To review all rules related to medical marijuana, please visit our website at: healthoregon.org/ommprules.
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