In Oregon, marijuana growers must comply with the grower requirements stipulated by the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) of the Oregon Health Authority. An OMMP patient is required to designate a grower during their registration. Oregon does not issue an official license to growers, but growers must comply with the grower requirements. A marijuana grower is not authorized to grow marijuana until a grower card and grow site registration card are received from the Oregon Health Authority. A grow site registration card is issued by the Oregon Health Authority. It specifies the location of a marijuana grow site and the Person Responsible for a Marijuana Grow site (PRMG).
Per Measure 91 Section 19(2), a person interested in becoming a marijuana producer in Oregon must hold a producer license for the premises where marijuana items will be produced. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission regulates the production of recreational marijuana and issues licenses to marijuana producers who qualify in the state. According to Oregon Revised Statutes 475B.070, an applicant for a producer license must apply for a license from the OLCC. They must provide evidence that they are at least 21 years old. In addition, a marijuana producer must not be located in an area zoned exclusively for residential use and must meet the requirements of rules adopted by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
The Oregon Health Authority does not classify cultivation licenses. However, there are plant limits that marijuana growers must adhere to. Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 333-008-0560 allows a Person Responsible for a Medical Grow Site (PRMG) to cultivate:
Primarily, the way a grower’s grow site is zoned (outside city or residential limits) determines the plant limits at the grow site address. Marijuana growers can contact their local city or county planning office or visit their website to get information on how their grow site address is zoned.
Producer licenses in Oregon are classified based on the producer type. The producer types are indoor production, outdoor production, or mixed production.
Indoor Production - This refers to the production of marijuana within a building or under cover where artificial lighting is used on mature marijuana plants. The maximum mature canopy size limits for indoor production include:
Outdoor Production - This is the production of marijuana in an open space or a hoop house, greenhouse, or similar open structure that does not require artificial lighting on mature marijuana plants. The maximum mature canopy size limits for outdoor production are:
Mixed Production - Mixed production combines both indoor and outdoor production. A producer in this category is required to indicate their expected maximum square footage for both indoor and outdoor production for the license year. It should be noted that a producer who uses mixed production is not allowed to change the ratio of licensed indoor to outdoor production until license renewal. The OLCC has initiated a 4:1 ratio for indoor and outdoor canopy areas. Hence, one square foot of indoor mature canopy is equivalent to four square feet of outdoor mature canopy.
The maximum canopy size limits for immature canopy areas include:
OMMP growers in Oregon must be 21 years of age or older according to Oregon Administrative Rules 333-008-0025. After completing a criminal history background check, a person applying to be a marijuana grower must meet the minimum requirements. This means they must not have been convicted of a Class A or Class B felony per Oregon Revised Statutes 475.752 to 475.920 for manufacturing or delivering a controlled substance in Schedule I or Schedule II more than once or within the last two years. Marijuana growers are not allowed to serve as growers for more than eight patients at a time. They cannot also grow more than six mature plants per patient.
Persons aged 21 or older are allowed to grow marijuana for their consumption alone, provided they grow the marijuana at their residences where there are 12 or fewer mature plants. They must also not transfer the marijuana or marijuana products to an Oregon Health Authority processing site or dispensary. Such individuals will not be required to pay the grow site registration fee. However, they must obtain permission from their landlords if they stay in rented apartments. Also, the marijuana plants must be kept discreetly and out of the view of the public.
The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program created the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System (OMMOS). The OMMOS helps manage and register OMMP growers and track their activities. After a person has been designated as a grower by a registered patient, they will be required to create an account with OMMOS or sign in to an existing account if they already have one and register their role as a grower. Only persons designated as growers by registered OMMP patients can act as growers. To designate a grower, a patient will need the grower’s:
An email confirmation link will be sent to the applicant for a new account, but this link is only usable within 24 hours, after which it expires. Hence, the applicant must click the link found in the body of the email within 24 hours to confirm the email address they are using to log in to the OMMOS. Once the applicant gains access to their account, they may click the “Connect to Grower Information” button to begin the connection. To connect, the applicant will complete the required fields, including:
The grower may then validate their information and pay the required fee by clicking the green “unpaid” button to submit the grow site fee. Individuals may contact the OMMP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (971) 673-1234 for inquiries and guidance.
If a grower decides to register offline, they may download the application forms or get them by reaching out to the OMMP at PO Box 14450, Portland, OR 97293-0450 or by calling (971) 673-1234. After obtaining the forms, they are to complete them with the required information, sign them, and mail them with accompanying documentation and fees to:
PO Box 14450
Portland, OR 97293-0450
The application packet can also be hand-delivered to the OMMP dropbox at:
Oregon Street, Portland
Only the premises owner or the property owner’s legal representative for the grow site can sign the application. When inputting the address of a marijuana grow site, the application filed for a marijuana grow site registration card must include the physical address if it has a physical United States Postal Service (USPS) address. However, if the grow site does not have a physical United States Postal Service address, the application must include:
The city’s name or, if outside of a city, the name of the county where the grow site is located;
An assessor’s map number with a map that shows the exact location of the grow site;
The zip code for the location; and
One or more of the following for the location:
Furthermore, a grower may be required to report the prior month’s onsite inventory and transfer activity by the 10th day of each month if they fall into any of these categories, the grower:
OMMP will notify growers at grow sites with over 12 plants when and how to start reporting to the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) managed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. However, before that time, they must report through the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is responsible for issuing producer licenses to marijuana producers for the premises where marijuana will be produced. The requirements for holding a producer license are:
A grower registered with the Oregon Health Authority or a group of registered persons responsible for a marijuana grow site and located at the same address may each apply for a license to transition from being registered by the OHA to being licensed by the OLCC.
To apply for a marijuana producer license from the OLCC, follow the steps listed below:
Complete the Marijuana Producer Application online with the required information. The form has guidelines to help with completing the form on its first page.
Provide the following documentation:
One copy of a completed Land Use Compatibility Statement from the city or county that approves land use in the city or county where your proposed cultivation site is located. The Land Use Compatibility Statement must precisely identify the endorsements you propose to obtain.
A map or sketch of the premises proposed for licensure. The map should include:
Applicants may examine the Premises Map Instructions for comprehensive information about the information to include.
Details on the structure of the business proposed to be licensed:
Upload the completed, signed, and dated application packet as a supporting document online at the Oregon Recreational Marijuana Licensing System after signing in or creating an account.
Even if a person buys an existing licensed business, they will still need to submit all the information listed above. After the application has been submitted, the current licensee will need to submit a Change of Ownership request. However, the applicant cannot begin operating the business until their license application has been approved and issued by OLCC.
Note that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission may require the fingerprints of any individual listed on an application submitted, including:
There is no marijuana cultivation license fee; however, the grow site registration fee is $200, subject to renewal annually. Applicants should make payment with credit or debit cards on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Online System. Applicants will not be issued the grower card until the grow site registration fee payment is received. The OMMP will mail the grower’s card after the grow site registration fee payment is received. However, if the applicant does not pay by the due date, the grower and grow site will be removed.
The application fee of a marijuana producer license is $250, and this fee is non-refundable. The canopy size determines the cost of a producer license. The annual licensing fee per canopy size is:
In Oregon, the same person may hold one or more licenses. Likewise, the OLCC allows a marijuana producer license holder to have multiple licenses and multiple license types.