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Action Alert: Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee December 14

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new approach oregon marijuana legalizationStand up and be heard. Below is more information via the Oregon Extractors Association:

One of the things that we will be focusing on at the Oregon Extractors Association meeting on Monday, the 14th are upcoming rule changes for both medical and recreational cannabis processing. This meeting is from 6-8pm at the NW Cannabis Club at 1195 se Powell, in Portland.

Currently the Oregon Health Authority has an upcoming meeting on Monday the 14th as well, from 9am-12pm at 800 NE Oregon St., Portland, OR. These meetings are typically on Monday mornings, and they are developing the medical rules for dispensaries, processing, and growing. In this meeting they will also be discussing packaging, labeling, and testing. This will also address the new concentrate limits in extracts and edibles- testimony will be received.

Yesterday at the meeting, the RAC proposed rule changes that were detrimental to how Oregon processors do business. Within these rules, processors would no longer be able to provide extracts directly to their patients, under a medical cannabis license. I have attached the appropriate documents for your review. Under these rules, processed cannabis would only be able transferable to a medical dispensary. This would potentially mean the end of receiving cannabis, then processing it, and splitting the yield. This is reflected on the 7th page that is attached.

Your testimony is very, very valuable to the rule making process. If you can attend on Monday morning, please do. Only comment is allowed on what was discussed during the meeting, and may only be offered at the close of the meeting, or submitted online. To offer testimony, please e-mail public.health.rules@state.or.us.

During yesterday’s meeting, I offered testimony on behalf of the Oregon Extractors Association that the proposed changes would drastically effect the way we do business. Patients would be charged for their extracts if they were required to purchase them from a dispensary, instead of acquiring them directly from the processor. The committee didn’t seem to take into effect patient to patient transfers, or that caregivers and growers can transfer products to patients. The head of the committee, Shannon O’ Fallon, expressed repeatedly that processors may not be dispensaries.

Please submit testimony against these proposed rule changes, with the suggestion that medical processors be allowed to transfer extracts to patients at the processing sites. We will discuss what happens at the RAC meeting on Monday night at the Oregon Extractors Association Meeting as well. If you have not yet rsvp’d to our meeting, please do so. To be rsvp’d we need your company name, point of contact, phone number, preferred e-mail, and how many will be in attendance. Please send rsvp’s to oregonextractorsassociation@gmail.com

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