You are able to start cannabis growing, processing, wholesaling and dispensing businesses in Oregon.
Although the state is accepting business license applications, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission — which will oversee the state’s recreational marijuana business solely starting in January 2017 — doesn’t plan to approve any of the retail store applications until at least the fourth quarter of 2016.
Until retail marijuana stores do open, licensed medical marijuana stores in Oregon can continue to sell recreational marijuana products — but only until Dec. 31. On Jan. 1, 2017, medical stores will no longer be able to conduct recreational sales.
Application process for cannabis licensing in Oregon
STEP 1. Submit Online Application
- Create an account and apply online.
STEP 2. Confirm Your Account
During the online application process, you will create an account with a user name and password.
- The email you receive will specify your unique identifying MMD#.
STEP 3. Pay Fees
After submitting your online application you have five (5) calendar days to make your registration and application fee payment, otherwise your application will be voided.
- Pay the $4000 fee, which includes a $3500 registration fee and a $500 non-refundable application fee. You can pay during the online application process, or within 5 days of submitting your online application by using the link to the secure online payment portal that you will receive in your confirmation email.
- Your payment must be received before we can process your application.
- If your payment is not successfully processed you will need to start over with a new application or follow the instructions in the email that will be sent to you at that time.
STEP 4. Submit Required Documents
- For each individual named in the application:
- A legible copy of the individual’s valid, government issued photographic identification that includes last name, first name and date of birth. This could be a State Driver’s License, State Identification Card, Passport or U.S. Military ID;
- Information, fingerprints and fees required for a criminal background check in accordance with OAR 333-008-2020; and
- An Individual History Form and any information identified in the form that is required to be submitted.
- A written statement from an authorized official of the local government that the proposed location of the dispensary is not located in an area that is “zoned for residential use” as that term is defined in OAR 333-008-0010.
- You must obtain an email or a letter from the authorized official of the local jurisdiction which states the zone of the proposed location and the outright allowed land use types in that zone;
- Screen captures of online zoning maps do not satisfy this requirement;
- For the purposes of these rules, the term “zoned for residential use” means that the only primary use allowed outright in the designated zone is residential.
- Proof that the business is registered or has filed an application to register as a business with the Oregon Office of the Secretary of State, including proof of registration for any DBA (doing business as) registration.
- Completed and signed School/Dispensary Proximity Affirmation Form documenting that the proposed location of the dispensary is not within 1,000 feet of:
- The real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school, except as provided in Oregon Laws 2016, chapter 83, section 29; or
- A registered dispensary.
- A scaled site plan of the parcel on which the premises proposed for registration is located, including:
- Cardinal directional references (North, South, East, West);
- Bordering streets and the names of the streets;
- Identification of the building or buildings in which the proposed dispensary is to be located;
- The dimensions of the proposed premises of the dispensary;
- Identification of other buildings or property owned by or under the control of the applicant on the same parcel or tax lot as the premises proposed for registration that will be used in the business; and
- Identification of any residences on the parcel or tax lot.
- A scaled floor plan of all enclosed areas of the premises at the proposed location that will be used in the business with clear identification of walls, partitions, counters, windows, all areas of ingress and egress, intended uses of all spaces and all limited access areas.
- Documentation that shows the applicant has lawful possession of the proposed location of the dispensary, such as signed lease agreement or a deed.
Paragraphs 5-7 are specifically for a dispensary license, for a processing license are the following:
5. A scaled floor plan of all enclosed areas of the premises at the proposed location that will be used in the business with clear identification of walls, partitions, counters, windows, all areas of ingress and egress, intended uses of all spaces and all limited access areas.
6. Documentation that shows the applicant has lawful possession of the proposed location of the processing site, such as signed lease agreement or a deed.
7. A completed and signed Processor Endorsement Form, and any information identified in the form that is required to be submitted.
Cannabis Growing Business in Oregon
A Tier I license for indoor growers allows producers to cultivate up to 5,000 square feet of space. Tier II covers between 5,001 and 10,000 square feet of production.
For outdoor growers, a Tier I license allows cultivation of up to 20,000 square feet, a little less than a half-acre. Growers who hold a Tier II license could cultivate between 20,000 and 40,000 square feet or a little less than an acre.
All applicants are required to provide a LUCS unless they meet all of the requirements:
- The address is outside of city limits;
- At least one person responsible for a marijuana grow site located at the address first registered with the Authority under ORS 475B.420 before January 1, 2015;
- Each person responsible for a marijuana grow site located at the address first registered with the Authority under ORS 475B.420 before February 1, 2016; and
- The applicant is applying for a mature marijuana plant grow canopy of:
- 5,000 square feet or less, if the marijuana is produced outdoors; or
- 1,250 square feet or less, if the marijuana is produced indoors.
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