So far in this series on how to open a recreational grow operation in Oregon we have discussed the importance of due diligence when locating your grow op, the process for informing the OLCC about your property and the people behind your company, and meeting your security, power, and water requirements. Now it is time to tell the OLCC how you plan to keep the public, and especially minors, away from your product. Then we will discuss the various site maps you will need to include in your application.
Preventing Public Access. You will need a plan to prevent public access to any indoor areas, all outdoor areas used for cultivation, and also any outdoor areas where cannabis may be stored, even on a temporary basis.
The application packet provides two favored options:
- Enclose all outdoor areas (and exterior paths between indoor areas and greenhouses) in at least a six-foot tall fence or wall; or
- Enclose all cultivation areas with at least a six-foot tall fence or wall, and ensure cannabis is only outside the enclosed areas while in the possession of one of your representatives for the limited purpose of transportation between enclosed areas.
In either case, any fences should be constructed of “rigid wooden or metal posts securely anchored to the ground and a woven or welded wire mesh such as ‘chain-link’ fencing or by a solid, rigid barrier, such as wooden fencing planks or similar material.”
You also have the option of creating your own plan, but you will need to specifically detail all the actions and methods you will use to prevent public access. This may subject you to delays as the OLCC can reject your plan or request additional information and clarification.
Minor Control Plan. In addition to your public access plan, you will also need to provide a detailed description of your proposed methods for preventing access to your cannabis by minors, such as identification, perimeter security (physical and personnel), employee screening, and what you will do if you find a minor on your premises. The OLCC conveniently provides an example plan in the application packet:
All doors and gates will be locked at all times. Prior to allowing any person access to the property, age will be verified by checking ID. Employee IDs will be checked prior to hiring and no person will be employed who does not have a valid marijuana worker permit. Signs will be clearly posted at all entry points indicating that minors are not permitted on any portion of the premises. If a minor attempts to gain access to the premises, they will be immediately told to leave and if they do not, law enforcement will be contacted.
Premises Map & Floor Plans. You will need to submit a few maps of your entire cannabis grow property and more detailed floor plans of all structures. The first is sometimes referred to as a Premises Map or Premises Sketch, and the second as the Premises Floor Plan(s).
Premises Map: This map (example here) must include your entire property and must show, at a minimum, the following:
- The boundaries of your tax lot;
- The perimeter of the licensed premises (labeled with “Limited Access Area” along the perimeter line);
- The location of any residences on the property;
- Dimensions of each structure on the property;
- Labels showing other activities on the property, such as farming or livestock;
- Fences and walls;;
- Labeled compost/waste areas;
- Labeled canopy areas (cultivation areas); and
- All entry/exit points for the premises.
You must also include a tax lot map marked to show your premises (which can be obtained from the County Assessor), and an aerial map identifying the area to be licensed (from Google Maps, for example).
Premises Floor Plan(s): You must prepare a separate plan for each structure that includes, at a minimum, the following:
- A label for the structure;
- An indication of which floor of the building is shown in the plan (there should be a separate floor plan for each level of each structure);
- The boundaries of the structure that will be licensed (if you aren’t using the entire structure);
- All areas where cannabis may be located at any time;
- All doors, windows, and permanent fixtures;
- All walls, partitions, counters, and windows;
- Clear labels for each room, such as “storage area”, “surveillance room”, “trimming”, etc; and
- All ways in and out of the enclosure.
Make sure your labeling is consistent across your security plan, your premises map, and your floor plans.
At this point you should have everything you need to submit your OLCC application. In part five, we discuss canopy sizes, the new medical bump-up canopy program, and some typical requests for additional information you may receive from the OLCC after you submit your Oregon grow application.