New Rules Mean Lots of Red Tape for Medical Cannabis Growers

New Rules Mean Lots of Red Tape for Medical Cannabis Growers

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July 1 marks the third anniversary of the enactment of Measure 91, AKA why you can legally buy weed at your neighborhood dispensary. But we’ve also had the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) kicking around since 1998, and it’s been sad to watch it become the cannabis industry’s neglected older stepchild. I’ve been an OMMP caregiver for the past 10 years, and recommending and obtaining cannabis for medical patients is some of the most important work I’ve ever done. When Oregon passed Measure 91, we were assured there would not be any changes to the OMMP. Instead, there have been lots, and some of the biggest ones are in the process of being activated. The most significant is that most OMMP growers now need to become part of METRC, Oregon’s cannabis tracking system (CTS). It’s what all facets of the recreational industry use for their “seed-to-sale” tracking. “I love using METRC!” said no one, anyplace, ever. As I have witnessed attempts to navigate METRC literally make grown men weep, this will be… interesting. Beginning in April 2016, OMMP growers had to pay an annual $200 “grow site registration” fee. Under the new rules, a grow site that services three or more patients must designate someone as the “grow site administrator,” who registers with the CTS and pays the annual $480 user fee. Growers also need to account for everything they are growing, per the OMMP : “Prior to entering start-up inventory, CTS requires that an ‘item category’ or ‘strain’ be created for each item that will be in the inventory.” Growers then need to take an inventory of everything they have, including “seeds, clones, plants in any growth stage, harvested plants, usable marijuana (flower and trim), and cannabinoid items of any kind.” The grower will need to buy plant […]

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