By Steve Elliott
The Oregon Health Authority on Monday will begin registering dispensaries under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program.
By law, only patients or their caregivers registered with the OMMP are allowed to purchase marijuana from a dispensary, reports Noelle Crombie at The Oregonian. Customers will be required to show a valid medical marijuana card and ID before they can enter.
Under Oregon law, only cardholders -- patients, caregivers and growers, are legally allowed to have marijuana. Patients can possess up to 24 ounces, caregivers can have up to 24 ounces for every patient under their care, and growers can produce cannabis for four patients, possessing up to 24 ounces for each patient.
Dispensary operators and employees don't have to have medical marijuana cards, but will still enjoy legal protections while they are in the facility.
Dispensaries are allowed to be reimbursed for the "normal and customary costs of doing business," and are required to document their expenses. That information must be given to state regulators upon request.
The shops will be allowed to sell growing marijuana plants, but plants taller than 12 inches or with flowers aren't allowed for sale.
If flowering plants are found at a location, the state will consider it a grow site, and the dispensary's registration could be revoked. Grow sites and dispensaries cannot share a location.