A quick summary of Hemp (Last Updated 08/24/21)
Hemp in Metrc
The OLCC only regulates hemp that enters the recreational marijuana market for sale at OLCC‐licensed recreational marijuana Retailers.
All hemp products entering the OLCC regulated cannabis market are required to be tracked using Metrc. The OLCC has created a Metrc Guide for Hemp Certificate Holders and the Guide for Tracking Hemp for Sale at Recreational Retailer to provide hemp producers, handlers and retailers with information on how to set up a Metrc account, order tracking tags, and create the initial hemp inventory in Metrc. The guide also explains the process for initiating and completing a transfer of hemp or hemp products to an OLCC license.
Once tracked in Metrc, industrial hemp and hemp items may not be transferred outside of the OLCC system.
Entering Hemp into Metrc
Any hemp inventory that is intended for transfer to an OLCC licensee is entered into Metrc as an external transfer. External Hemp transfers can be initiated by Industrial Hemp Growers or Handlers with an OLCC Industrial Hemp Certificate. Growers can only transfer in harvested industrial hemp. Handlers can transfer in any hemp item (usable hemp, concentrates, extracts, edibles, topicals, and cannabinoid products) in addition to harvested industrial hemp.
The Metrc Guide for Hemp Certificate Holders has detailed information on entering hemp inventory through external transfers.
Transferring Hemp to OLCC Licensees
Prior to transfers to an OLCC licensee the hemp product must have passed all required compliance tests. This testing must occur after the hemp product has been created in Metrc. The sampling and all test results must be recorded in Metrc.
The latest Sampling and Testing Guide also covers specific guidelines regarding pulling and submitting samples for testing. The Lab Testing section of the wiki has information about which compliance tests are required for different items depending on their intended use.
There are explicit THC limits for hemp items entering the OLCC recreational marijuana system. These limits are found in OAR 845-025-2760. Both the sender and receiver of hemp packages in Metrc are responsible for confirming the test status and test results input into the CTS on a package before the package is sent and received. In addition to the compliance tests recorded in Metrc, the hemp certificate holder must provide the licensee a copy of any test result conducted on the industrial hemp or hemp item, including results from pre-harvest testing or R&D testing.
OLCC licensed Retailers can only receive hemp items (usable hemp, concentrates, extracts, edibles, topicals, and cannabinoid products). Processors and Wholesalers can receive harvested industrial hemp (raw hemp) as well as hemp items. Before receiving or processing any hemp, a Processor needs to have an Industrial Hemp endorsement; this can be requested with a Change to Processor Endorsements form.
We now have a general email for all OLCC-related hemp questions and issues: OLCC Hemp E-mail.
This e-mail should be used for hemp issues that relate to OLCC:
• Hemp control plans for marijuana producers
• Hemp endorsements for marijuana processors
• Hemp certificates for ODA hemp registrants
• Marijuana wholesalers and retailers with questions about handling/selling hemp
• Other inquiries related to selling hemp at OLCC-licensed locations
As a reminder, general questions about the regulation of hemp in Oregon should be directed to the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) hemp program. They are the primary agency regulating hemp in Oregon. The OLCC is only involved in situations where the hemp touches the OLCC-regulated system. ODA’s hemp program can be contacted at ODA Hemp E-mail or 503-986-4652.
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