Oregon CANNABIS CONSULTANTS
Higher Yields Cannabis Consultants offers a full range of cannabis consulting services in the state of Oregon . Our vertically integrated consulting system offers a path to business success. From startup to scaling and expansion of your cannabis-related business and everything in-between our team of industry experts can help. If you have any questions please contact us online or call (844) HI-YIELD.
Important Compliance Considerations for METRC in Oregon
As part of the most regulated industry in history, cannabis operators face intense scrutiny from local and state governments. METRC, a seed-to-sale tracking system, helps operators stay compliant by creating an easily identifiable chain of custody for each cannabis product. Using METRC makes recalls easy and ensures accountability.
Mandated in 15 states plus Washington D.C., METRC is similar everywhere. However, there are nuances in each state. In order to remain compliant, businesses must be aware of and adhere to their state’s specific regulations.
Overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), the state’s cannabis operators are required to use METRC. Each business owner must train in the system and then prove their proficiency by taking an online exam.
Additionally, the OLCC regularly checks METRC systems and points out discrepancies. This proactive approach keeps licensees on their toes and avoids any dramatic upticks in enforcement.
The Latest Cannabis Licensing Opportunities in Oregon
Oregon is one of the eleven states in the U.S that has legalized both the medical and recreational use of cannabis. This broad legalization allows business opportunities to enter an ever-expanding, competitive market. If you need help acquiring a cannabis license Higher Yields Consulting can help.
There have been some recent changes in market regulations for retail stores and grow sites:
- As of January 1st, 2020, all marijuana items must meet the OLCC packaging and labeling rules. These new guidelines were passed in 2018, but items with the old packaging were allowed to be sold through December 31st, 2019.
- As of January 1st, 2020, any application or change forms sent to the OLCC must indicate the name of the grow site’s property owner. This reflects HB 3200, which enforces that the property owner must give written consent that cannabis can be grown on the property.
Any business owners who want to apply for a license should be advised that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is not currently accepting applications for new producer licenses. Applications for various other licenses are open. There are strict guidelines and mandatory fees for each type of license, so interested parties should be sure to read through all regulations. As of July 13th, the OLCC has awarded 2260 active licenses, meaning that the OLCC has approved the application, and the applicant has paid all necessary fees. The active license count is as followed:
- Laboratory License – 20
- Processor License – 244
- Producer License – 1154
- Retailer License – 672
- Wholesaler License – 169
- Research License – 1
Further information about the licensing process and regulations can be found on the OLCC and OMMP’s websites. The medical marijuana sector is overseen by The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), and the recreational industry is controlled by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
Oregon's Cannabis market
Oregon’s booming cannabis industry has made for a competitive and lucrative market. In 2018, Oregon’s many facilities sold $643 million in cannabis products. That increased in 2019 to $800 million in sales. Most of those figures represent flower products, but the market for edibles, topicals, and concentrates is steadily increasing.
Forecast of adult-use cannabis sales value. Oregon from 2018 to 2024 (in millions/U.S. dollars).
The History of Cannabis in Oregon
Oregon was the first state to decriminalize marijuana in 1973. The medical marijuana program began in 1998, but it wasn’t until the 2013 legislative session that medical marijuana dispensaries were officially legalized.
On July 1st, 2015, Oregon legalized the cultivation and use of recreational marijuana, the third state to do so. Governor Kate Brown signed an emergency bill allowing dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana before recreational licenses were approved. This early sales period ended on January 1st, 2017, after which all recreational sales must be specially licensed.
Oregon Cannabis Consulting services
At Higher Yields Cannabis Consulting (HYC), our cannabis consultants are here to assist you with planning and building your cannabis business in Oregon . Our team of canna advisors are well-versed in local laws on compliance, and we offer services that assist you in building your brand, creating your marketing plan, designing your website and assets, crafting your social media presence, and much more to help your business see success.
Contact us at (844) HI-YIELD to learn how we can assist you.
Oregon Industrial Hemp Consultants
The production, possession, and commerce of industrial hemp has been legal in Oregon since 2010 (SB 676). The Oregon Department of Agriculture finalized regulations implementing the Oregon Industrial Hemp Program in 2015. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is responsible for issuing licenses to cultivate and process hemp, as well as licenses to produce and sell agricultural hemp seed. Industrial hemp farmers are required to cultivate a minimum crop size of 2.5 acres.
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