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June 13, 2017 - Assistance for Cannabis Business Permitting

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The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services (BDS) has announced a new service to assist Portland cannabis businesses with the building permitting process.

Cannabis business owners can now schedule in-person meetings (to begin in the coming weeks) with permitting experts at BDS to discuss the permitting process specific to the cannabis industry, including life safety requirements, mechanical permitting, applicable fire and building code, and more. The meetings will begin on June 26th, 2017 for less complex projects like Marijuana Retailers and Medical Dispensaries, and June 29th, 2017 for more complex projects like Marijuana Producers, Processors, and Wholesalers.

These meetings may be helpful whether you’re starting a new cannabis business or making changes at an existing facility.

More information – including how to schedule, applicable fees, and required documents – can be found at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/643113.

You can also find information about permitting for cannabis businesses in the BDS Code Guide for cannabis businesses.

May 23, 2017 - Code Guide for Cannabis Businesses

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Greetings!

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services has created a code guide for cannabis businesses - Marijuana Producers and Marijuana Processors, specifically - who are obtaining permitting for their building.

Here is a link to the guide: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/637883

This code guide should be helpful both for future business owners who have not yet chosen a site, and for business owners who already have a site for their business and are in the process of getting the building properly permitted.

The code guide covers items such as:

  • Building occupancy classifications for different kinds of cannabis businesses
  • Ventilation requirements
  • Mechanical permitting
  • Exhaust and air intake
  • Detection and alarms

Marijuana Producers and Marijuana Processors in the City of Portland are REQUIRED to obtain final permitting for their building before being granted a City of Portland Marijuana Regulatory License and beginning operations. In some cases, a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be used to satisfy this requirement. More information on using a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to satisfy cannabis business licensing requirements can be found by clicking here.

The cannabis business code guide may also be found in both the “Learn About Portland Cannabis Rules” or the “Apply/License Cannabis Businesses” sections of the City of Portland’s Cannabis Program website at www.portlandoregon.gov/cannabis.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thank you!

April 24, 2017 - Ordinance Update

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Our program wanted to follow-up to our post on April 12 about Portland cannabis regulations (you can find the April 12 update by clicking this link).

Last week, on Wed. April 19, 2017, Portland City Council passed two minor code language changes that will allow Marijuana Producers and Processors, in some cases, to use a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy (TCO) to satisfy permitting requirements for obtaining a Marijuana Regulatory License (MRL). It also changed the definition of a Marijuana Wholesaler to match the definition used by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).

This means that the ordinance will go into effect on May 19, 2017, which is 30 days after its April 19 passage.

What does this mean? Beginning May 19, Marijuana Producers and Processors, may (in some cases) use a TCO to satisfy permitting requirements needed to obtain a MRL. However, a TCO alone will NOT be sufficient in cases where additional permits are necessary for operations that are not covered by the temporary Certificate of Occupancy, including but not limited to mechanical permitting.

A good rule of thumb for this change: if a TCO allows for any and all operations proposed by a Producer or Processor, it will be sufficient to satisfy the permitting requirements for a MRL. If a TCO alone does not allow for those operations, then a TCO alone will not be sufficient to satisfy the permitting requirements.

To learn more about the Temporary Certificate of Occupancy process, you may click this link, or contact the Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7300 or bds@portlandoregon.gov.

Per usual, please reach out to us anytime if you have question or would like to connect at 503-823-9333 or cannabis@portlandoregon.gov

April 12, 2017 - Update on Cannabis Regulations

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The Cannabis Program would like to provide an update with respect to Portland cannabis regulations.

On Wed. April 12, Portland City Council passed to a second reading a minor code language change that would allow Marijuana Producers and Processors to use a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy to satisfy permitting requirements in some cases. As you may know, Producers and Processors must currently provide final permitting from the Bureau of Development Services for their intended use before receiving a City of Portland Marijuana Regulatory License, and before being allowed to operate.

This proposed code language change is just one step that will help some business owners get licensed in a timely manner, while ensuring that businesses that carry a greater level of potential risk are safe before beginning operations. There will be other changes and more opportunities for public comment on those changes in the coming weeks and months.

The Cannabis Program at ONI, Commissioner Eudaly's office, and interim ONI director David Austin understand that more communication and discussion with the cannabis industry and other stakeholders is necessary to ensure that concerns are being addressed.

To that end, Austin and the Cannabis Program are organizing a series of regular, ongoing meetings with cannabis business owners and industry representatives to ensure that the discussion around Portland's cannabis regulations continue, and that an action plan is put in place. These meetings will begin next week. It's imperative to find effective ways to strike the balance between getting licensed quickly, and ensuring spaces that carry a greater level of risk are safe before beginning operations.

To reiterate: In the coming weeks and months, there will be additional changes to Portland’s cannabis regulations to better strike that balance. These changes may include ways to better distinguish between businesses that carry a greater level of risk and those that don’t, or using some other mechanism (besides final permitting or a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) to ensure that businesses with a greater level of risk are safe to operate before being granted a license. These conversations are ongoing, and some of those ideas may change.

When Portland City Council passed Portland's cannabis regulations in 2015, it was Council's intent that cannabis regulations ought to adapt and change as the City continues learning, and as we see the impact of those regulations on the community and on the cannabis industry.

Commissioner Eudaly and the Cannabis Program hopes that the code language change passed to a second reading on Wed. April 12 demonstrates our commitment to honoring that intent.

Thank you all, and as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our program (at 503-823-9333 or cannabis@portlandoregon.gov) if you have any questions! 

March 29, 2017 - Apply for 2017-18 Cannabis Policy Oversight Team

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2017-18 Cannabis Policy Oversight Team (CPOT)

Interested in Portland's cannabis policy? Maybe you're a cannabis business owner, or a neighborhood association member, or just a Portland resident who'd like to get involved with how Portland approaches cannabis policy... but whoever you are, you should consider applying for the 2017-18 City of Portland Cannabis Policy Oversight Team!

The acronym (CPOT) might be funny, but the work is serious: Portland's cannabis policy needs to be adaptive to changes at the State and Federal level, and responsive to the needs of the community and the industry as we continue learning.

The 2017-18 CPOT will meet on the 4th Wednesday of every month from May 24, 2017 through April 25, 2018.

Interested? Please CLICK HERE for a PDF that has more information and and application form! You can fill it out and send it to cannabis@portlandoregon.gov, drop by our office at Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave. Rm 110, Portland, OR 97201, or mail it in to that address.

For more information about CPOT, meeting archives, audio, and more, you can check out the CPOT page right here.