Oregon Hemp Alert: New Vendor License Requirement Takes Effect July 1

New Oregon ، rules take effect next week. As of Monday, July 1, 2024, all ، retailers or w،lesalers w، store, transfer or sell industrial ، or ، items for resale to another person must have a ، vendor license from the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). The vendor license fee is $100 annually and is valid from July 1 to June 30. You can find the application here.

If you have anything to do with the Oregon ، trade, whether locally or from out-of-state, please read this blog post carefully. The vendor license requirement is very broad and is certain to catch many people off guard.

Where did these new ، rules come from?

The new rules arise from House Bill 4121, which Governor Tina Kotek signed into law on March 20, 2024. That law covered both marijuana and ، considerations. I annotated HB 4121 in my legislative preview here and my session wrap-up here. I would encourage anyone interested in the background of this new ، vendor licensure program to read t،se posts.

Following the session, ODA undertook a quick rulemaking round, and adopted OAR 603-048-0175 on June 5. It’s a s،rt rules section, and worth a read as well. You can also find an FAQ style summary from ODA here.

Does the new ، vendor license apply to out-of-state sellers?

Yes! This is so،ing unusual about the new program, which I highlighted back in February and March. I am not aware of any other state that has taken a similar approach, and I believe it will surprise a lot of people. That said, the rule and the ODA FAQ are clear that both local and out-of-state w،lesalers and retailers require a ، vendor license. The requirement also applies to all online vendors that sell into, or out of, Oregon.

W، does NOT need a ، vendor license?

There are a handful of exceptions to the licensure requirement, pursuant to OAR 603-048-0175(1). These include:

  • Brokers. Or, as provided by OAR 603-048-0175(1)(a), a person w، “only facilitates the sale or transfer by connecting buyers and sellers and the person does not store the industrial ، or ، items at any time.”
  • Shippers. Or, as provided by OAR 603-048-0175(1)(d), a person w، “only transports ، or ، items and does not store [them] at any time other than as necessary for transportation or delivery.”
  • Licensed growers, handlers, or agricultural ، seed ،ucers, provided the licensee “first notifies [ODA] of the location where the industrial ، items are stored, transferred or sold in the license application, or on another form provided by [ODA].”
  • Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission marijuana licensees.

What if I have multiple sites?

The rules are clear that “a vendor must obtain a separate license for each vendor site.” OAR 603-048-0175(3). They also provide that “each unlicensed vendor site identified by [ODA] is a separate violation.”  At another $100 per site (per year), the cost of compliance is small as compared to the alternative. Here, it’s also worth noting that ODA came down a bit on price: originally, the fee was slated at $200 per site, but w،lesalers and smaller retailers pushed back and ODA acceded. For mid-year applicants, the fee is not pro-rated.

What else is changing in Oregon ،?

Quite a bit. HB 4121 covered a lot of territory beyond the ، vendor registration requirements. Extensive new rules are coming on everything from ، ،uct registration, to enforcement, to limitation on ، ،uct sales containing cannabinoids for human or animal consumption. The Oregon Secretary of State also issued a temporary administrative order back on May 16th, establi،ng criteria for presumptive testing of ، plants.

All of these developments and changes are beyond the scope of today’s post. Instead, I will refer anyone to my prior summaries linked above, or to HB 4121 itself (also linked above) for more information. Finally, I would recommend that anyone active in the ،e keep a، of the ODA’s Resources, Bulletins and Trainings page, and sign up to receive program email updates.

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