A medical marijuana dispensary is a facility registered by the Oregon Health Authority that is allowed to receive marijuana or immature marijuana plants and transfer that marijuana to a patient or a patient’s caregiver, if the patient or caregiver has an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card.
Medical marijuana can only be dispensed to patients and caregivers who present a current and valid Oregon Medical Marijuana Program card and photo identification. No other sales or transfers are authorized.
Visiting a Dispensary
Minors are not allowed in a dispensary. A patient or the designated caregiver can visit, but without the physical card, neither will be able to purchase any medication in a dispensary.
Starting a Dispensary
To start a dispensary, a person must be a Person Responsible for the Facility (PRF), which means an individual of legal age, who owns or operates with legal responsibility for a facility, who meets the qualifications established in these rules, and who has been approved by the Authority. The initial process will require comprehensive merit-based application, including non-profit information, site locations, proof of capitalization, and other specific Dispensing Center or Cultivation Center business and operations plans.
- A person convicted more than once for the manufacture or delivery of a controlled substance in Schedule I or Schedule II may not be responsible for a medical marijuana facility.
- Must be located at least 1,000 feet from a school attended by minors or from another registered dispensary.
- Laboratory testing is required for testing pesticides/mildew and THC/CBD content.
- Must be in an enclosed, locked facility.
- Must be located in an area that is zoned for commercial or industrial use or as agricultural land and may not be located at the same address as a marijuana grow site
- Must have security equipment, such as surveillance cameras, on all secure and restricted access areas.