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Dec. 2016: Changes to PCC 14B.130

City Council SignChanges to PCC 14B.130: Council Passed Dec. 21, 2016

On Dec. 21, 2016, Portland City Council adopted changes to Portland City Code (PCC) 14B.130 (please CLICK HERE for PCC 14B.130), the city code that regulates Medical Dispensaries and Marijuana Businesses.

A full list, including explanations of each of these changes, can be found by clicking this link.

Among those changes:

Delivery of recreational cannabis to consumers

Permitting Changes

Medical Dispensary, Marijuana Retailer, and Marijuana Wholesaler licenses will no longer have to show proof of a final commercial building permit before receiving a Marijuana Regulatory License. This means that some applications that were incomplete (pending a commercial building permit) are now considered complete, and are ready to continue through the licensing process. The City of Portland will work as quickly as possible to schedule and conduct inspections, complete a final review of the application, and notify applicants if they are ready to be licensed.

Since Medical Dispensaries can no longer sell recreational marijuana (per State law) beginning Jan. 1, 2017, and due to the number of applications that are now considered complete following the Dec. 21, 2016 changes to PCC 14B.130, it was imperative that Medical Dispensaries that are legally operating in the City have a way to continue operating legally ahead of the Jan. 1, 2017 deadline while City staff complete the licensing process for these now-complete applications.

With that in mind, the City will allow businesses to operate under the following circumstances:

  • The business is a legal Medical Dispensary (MD) that has been operating in the City of Portland; AND
  • The business has been granted an OLCC license, and therefore has relinquished their OHA registration; AND
  • The business is waiting for a licensing determination on their Marijuana Retailer (MR) application with the Marijuana Policy Program; AND
  • The business has provided the MMP with all other required documentation; THEN
  • The City will allow those businesses to operate as MRs until a licensing determination is made. Once a determination is issued, the applicant has 14 days to pick up the license and pay the licensing fee. Failure to obtain a MR license may result in sanctions.

The City recognizes the unique challenges faced by businesses in any new and changing industry, and is committed to ensuring cannabis regulation is reasonable, adaptive, and mindful of our neighbors and Portland’s business community.

For more information or for questions, please call the Cannabis Program at 503-823-9333, or email at cannabis@portlandoregon.gov.