Rumors

RUMORS

  1. “Kate Brown just signed a bill that allows Oregon to ship cannabis to California and Washington”
  2. “You have to generate a manifest 24 hours in advance before transferring more than 25 pounds of marijuana from a producer/wholesaler to a processor”
  3. “All packages as of April 1st have to be childproof”

These are all things I have heard in the last month of working in the cannabis industry. While they are all false, they all contain a grain of truth. With everything moving so quickly if you don’t have a solid system for vetting information your business decisions are resting on quicksand. Let’s take a look at each statement individually and address correct, what’s not, and how you might confirm or deny its validity. 

  1. “Kate Brown just signed a bill that allows Oregon to ship cannabis to California and Washington”

SB 582 was signed June 20, 2019, and it:

“Authorizes Governor to enter into an agreement with another state for purposes of cross-jurisdictional coordination and enforcement of marijuana-related businesses and cross-jurisdictional delivery of marijuana items.”

However, sales will not start without federal government approval. So fingers crossed that the federal government makes changes soon, but for the time being, cannabis grown in Oregon stays in Oregon. The easiest way to confirm anything to do with the Oregon Legislature is to find the bill number and do a quick google search. Once you’re on an individual bills page you can look at summaries, histories, sponsors and all the other important details. 

2. “You have to generate a manifest 24 hours in advance before transferring more than 25 pounds of marijuana from a producer/wholesaler to a processor”

This actually was true up until December 28, 2018, when an amendment was made effective that:
“The amendments alter the manifest requirements so that only larger transfers to retail stores need to be entered into Cannabis Tracking System 24 hours in advance of the transportation. This change was requested by the industry and supported by the Advisory Committee to allow more freedom in being able to send smaller amounts of product to retail stores within time frames of less than 24 hours, as well as remove other license types from this requirement.”

So, in this case, the error was outdated information. If you scroll to the bottom of any chapter of the Division 25 rules (where the majority of the laws governing cannabis in Oregon live) you will see the history of any amendments that have been filed. I highly recommend subscribing to the OLCC on their website to stay up to date with any upcoming changes to the Div 25 rules. Before any changes are made there is always a public comment period that is very influential in the shaping of the rules. If you care about the rules that affect you daily, make sure your voice is heard during those public comment meetings.

3. “All packages as of April 1st have to be childproof”

While there were numerous changes that happened in the packaging and labeling update that went into effect April 1st, all packages being childproof was not one of them (although the idea was talked about during the public comment period). Some things that did change were:

-The warnings (keep out of reach of children etc) better follow FDA guidelines, this puts Oregon in a great place label wise for federal legalization.

-If packages are not CFR-2700 child resistant and continually resealable they need to have a statement on their label that says “This package is not child resistant.”

My guess is this was a mixup with news from our neighboring state of California, where all packages are required to be child resistant starting in 2020.

In each one of these cases digging down to the source (usually the division 25 rules) revealed the truth and help explained the mixup. Don’t rely on rumors to run your business, dig to the bedrock of truth before building the house of your business on an unstable foundation.

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t spread with your mouth.”

-Proverb

Justin Reed | Compliance Specialist