Do I need a Cannabis Retail License to Open?

Yes, a license is required for both medical and adult-use dispensaries. Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998. In 2014, Oregon Ballot Measure 91 legalized recreational cannabis.

What are the Cannabis Regulatory Agencies?

Oregon has two agencies: one for recreational and one for medical marijuana. Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) issues licenses for recreational adult-use cannabis and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) issues licenses for medical marijuana businesses.

How can I apply for a license in Oregon?

For recreational licenses, contact the OLCC directly. For medical, an online application can be filled out on the OHA website.

How much does a dispensary license cost?

The licensing fee for recreational dispensaries is $4,750 plus a refundable $250 application fee. For medical licenses, a “fee of $4000, which includes a $3500 registration fee and a $500 non-refundable application fee, must be paid at the time that you submit your online application.” (OHA)

Will I need to get local authorization to get a license?

In most cases, yes. Many municipalities and entire counties have opted out of the recreational cannabis market and banned it outright.

What are the customer age requirements for Oregon?

Adult-use customers must be 21 or older to buy and possess cannabis. Medical marijuana patients between 18 and 20 years old can apply for a state medical marijuana card. Medical marijuana patients can also assign a caregiver that is at least 18 years and older.

What time can I open and close my dispensary?

7:00am-10:00pm daily. Retailers may set their own store hours in that time frame.

Who do I report to for state compliance?

The Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) is used for reporting daily directly to the OLCC and OHA (using Metrc as the vendor). Failure to report will result in loss of license.

Are there daily purchase limits on cannabis?

Yes. One ounce of flower, 16 ounces of solids, 72 ounces of liquid, five grams of concentrates, four immature plants, and 10 seeds.

Can I start a delivery service in Oregon?

Measure 91 allows for delivery, however you must have a retail location first in order to start a delivery service.