Oregon Rules Determine When, Where And How Marijuana Deliveries May Occur

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Oregon was the first state to legalize recreational and medical marijuana delivery, with California and Nevada recently following suit.

The first delivery sale in Oregon was made on Jan. 31, 2017, in Bend, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Just a week and a half later, on Feb. 10, 2017, Eugene had its first state-sanctioned marijuana delivery sale. Springfield’s first delivery sale came more than five months later on July 29, 2017.

The state’s recreational pot legalization law — Measure 91, which Oregon voters passed in 2014 — opened the door to marijuana delivery, but the state had to create rules before deliveries could take place.

The OLCC set the guidelines for pot delivery, establishing when and where deliveries may occur and what information customers must provide.

OLCC requirements include:

• Daily purchase limits apply, including 1 ounce of marijuana flower, 5 grams of concentrate, 72 ounces of liquid or a pound of pot-infused food. Marijuana plants or seeds are not allowed to be delivered.

• Orders for marijuana delivery may come into state licensed retailers between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., and the marijuana shop must fulfill the orders by 9 p.m.

• Customers must provide their name and date of birth. Deliverers must check the identification of the customer upon delivery, verifying they are 21 or older.

• Marijuana may only be delivered to a house or an apartment on private property. Deliveries are not allowed to dormitories, hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, or commercial businesses. Pot also is not allowed to be delivered to homes located on public land.

Retailers may only deliver marijuana to customers within the same city or unincorporated part of a county as the shop.

Marijuana delivery vehicles are subject to OLCC rules, including:

• The retailer cannot carry more than $3,000 worth of marijuana products at a time.

• The marijuana must be carried in a lockbox that is affixed to the car or truck.

The state also limits delivery to an address to no more than one per day, and retailers must not deliver to anyone who is visibly intoxicated.