Product samples lined up on a table at the Emerald Cup 2016 in California.

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Oregon Cannabis Regulators Clarify Rules for Competitions and Events

If Oregon’s licensed cannabis cultivators want to submit their products to competitions, such as the famed Cannabis Cup, the product must be purchased from a licensed retailer, according to a bulletin released Monday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees legal sales in the state. The agency further clarifies that licensees cannot use the “in-house quality control” adjustment in Metrc – the state’s seed-to-sale system – to enter samples into competitions.

“Using a licensee’s ‘quality control’ allowance to remove product from the system and provide to individuals would be circumventing the rules and would not be a valid method of entering into a competition,” the bulletin states. “Quality control samples are intended for quality improvement purposes within a facility, not for providing free product to individuals off the licensed premises.”

The directive indicates that a judge or competition may purchase the items “at cost” and retailers may charge a discounted price or “give it away free” if the purchaser is an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholder.

“Any attempt to use adjustments – of any kind – in Metrc for purposes of entering samples into a cup competition would be a violation of OLCC rules,” the bulletin reads in bold text.

Moreover, the OLCC adds that under the state’s recreational cannabis law, public consumption is not permitted; however, what is considered “public” is determined by municipalities. Licensed operators would be allowed to set up booths at events and have limited amounts of cannabis products on-site for display only.

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