Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Reminded That Rec Sales End Soon

By Johnny Green

From WeedNews.co



The State of Oregon allowed limited recreational marijuana sales out of licensed medical marijuana dispensaries since October 2015. It was a temporary solution while the State figured out how to regulate marijuana for adult use and issue licenses. The licensing process is dragging along, but that hasn’t stopped the State of Oregon from sticking to the original plan of eliminating the temporary solution at the end of the year. Below is a press release from the Oregon Health Authority:

The Oregon Health Authority is reminding all medical marijuana dispensaries in the state that sales of limited marijuana retail products to people 21 and older will end Dec. 31.

The so-called early retail sales period began Oct. 1, 2015, after the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 460. Starting Jan. 1, 2017, OHA-registered dispensaries will be able to sell marijuana products only to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program-registered patients and caregivers who present a valid OMMP card. Of 352 dispensaries in Oregon, 319 are participating in early retail sales.

Adults 21 and older not registered with OMMP as patients or caregivers will be able to purchase marijuana items only from retail shops licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

It is crucial that dispensaries stop selling products to retail customers after Dec. 31, 2016,” said Andre Ourso, manager of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program at the OHA Public Health Division. “This is a statutory requirement. Anyone caught selling to retail customers could face serious penalties.”

Dispensaries that want to continue selling both medical and retail marijuana need to become licensed by OLCC. Those interested must go through OLCC’s application process. There is no automatic switch-over that will occur. For more information on applying with OLCC, visit the commission’s website athttp://marijuana.oregon.gov.

A dispensary found selling to non-OMMP card holders will be subject to civil penalties and could face having its registration suspended or revoked. Members of OMMP’s compliance staff will be in the field after Jan. 1 to ensure dispensaries are limiting sales to medical marijuana patients and cardholders.

For more information, visit the OHA medical marijuana website.

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3 thoughts on “Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Reminded That Rec Sales End Soon

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  • 12/24/2016 at 7:26 am

    It sounds a bit like marijuana is now like alcohol…. Taxed regulated …. That comes with the threat of incarceration or worse if you break OLCC ‘s new marijuana laws … How is this much different than when marijuana was illegal ? More patients will have to go back to traditional doctors because of the prohibitive cost of taxed and regulated marijuana …

  • 12/26/2016 at 5:10 pm

    Actually, cannabis sales are separated by two different bureaucracies, the OLCC handling the recreation cannabis and the Oregon Health Authority continuing to handle medical marijuana. If a dispensary wants to sell to both, they need to deal with both of those different bureaucracies and their separate licenses. If you’re not from Oregon, the recreational marijuana is taxed and is slightly more expensive for the same product that OMMP card holders buy. I’m not complaining. I’m merely explaining the situation here and can appreciate what the situation is for continued support of people requiring cannabis for health and pain-relief.

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