Recreational marijuana businesses in Oregon that do not use the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system could lose their licenses or face fines.
Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, delivered that warning Thursday to cannabis cultivators and retailers, noting that roughly 20% of the state’s 900 license holders are not keeping their seed-to-sale tracking records up to date, according to the Bend Bulletin.
The “most egregious” violations, Marks wrote in a compliance notice:
- Failure to record batches of dried, harvested flower into the system within the required 45 days.
- Recording outdoor-grown plants as “flowering” long after they had been harvested.
Franwell Metrc constructed Oregon’s seed-to-sale tracking system, which manages and reports numerous business activities and transactions starting with cultivators and ending with retailers.
Cultivators are responsible for most of the violations, but some retailers have broken packaging rules, OLCC spokesman Mark Pettinger told the Bulletin.
Marks also delivered positive news to Oregon’s rec licensees, pointing out that:
- Retail marijuana sales have reached more than $3 million per week, which translates into about $17,000 of weekly sales per shop.
- Alterations to the state’s testing procedures are getting cannabis products to retailers in a timelier manner. However, he noted “more work is needed to improve and streamline” the process.