Production Size Limitations
Definitions. For the purposes of this rule:
“Mixed production” means a producer who has the privilege to grow marijuana both indoors and outdoors at the same licensed premises.
“Producer type” means indoor production, outdoor production, or mixed production.
“Production method” means indoor mature canopy, outdoor mature canopy, or immature canopy.
“Production tier” means micro tier I, micro tier II, tier I, or tier II as described in section (3) of this rule.
A producer must clearly identify the size, production method, measurements, and shapes for each mature and immature canopy area in the licensed premises.
A mature marijuana plant, as defined in these rules, may only be located in an area designated as a mature canopy area.
A producer must have written approval from the Commission prior to changing the location of a designated canopy area, the shape of a canopy area, producer type, production method, or production tier.
A producer may only request a change to production type at the time the producer submits a renewal application.
A producer engaging in mixed production may only request to increase its designated mature canopy of one production method by decreasing the designated mature canopy of another production method at the time the producer submits a renewal application.
Mature Canopy Size Limits.
Indoor Production. Unless otherwise provided by these rules, the maximum mature canopy size limits for indoor production are:
Micro tier I: Up to 625 square feet.
Micro tier II: 626 to 1,250 square feet.
Tier I: 1,251 to 5,000 square feet.
Tier II: 5,001 to 10,000 square feet.
Outdoor Production. Unless otherwise provided by these rules, the maximum mature canopy size limits for outdoor production are:
Micro tier I: Up to 2,500 square feet.
Micro tier II: 2,501 to 5000 square feet.
Tier I: 5,001 to 20,000 square feet.
Tier II: 20,001 to 40,000 square feet.
Mixed Production. For a producer engaging in mixed production, the Commission will use a 4:1 ratio, for outdoor and indoor respectively, to allocate canopy size limits under this section, not to exceed the sum canopy size limits set forth in section (3) of this rule. For example, if a Tier II producer in the first year of licensure has 1,000 square feet of indoor mature canopy area, then the producer may have up to 36,000 square feet of mature outdoor canopy area at the same time.
Immature Canopy Size Limits. Unless otherwise provided by these rules, the maximum canopy size limits for immature canopy area for licenses issued or renewed after April 1, 2018 shall be:
625 square feet for Micro tier I producers.
1,250 square feet for Micro tier II producers.
5,000 square feet for Tier I producers.
10,000 square feet for Tier II producers.
Canopy Area Measurements and Shapes.
Square footage of a canopy area is measured horizontally starting from the outermost point of the furthest plant in a designated canopy area and continuing around the outside of all plants located within the designated canopy area. If immature plants are grown on racks or shelving within the immature canopy area, only the footprint of the area containing the immature plants will be used to calculate the immature canopy area. The total canopy area of mature plants grown on racks or shelving is measured to include each layer of plants as a separate canopy area.
Maximum canopy areas allowed. A producer must either:
Designate no more than 20 quadrilateral canopy areas including both immature and mature canopy areas at a licensed premises and clearly demarcate each canopy area with a physical boundary, wall, or marker at the outermost edge or each corner of each designated canopy space; or by at least eight feet of open space.
Designate no more than 20 canopy areas of any shape including both immature and mature canopy areas at a licensed premises and provide the Commission with a survey of the canopy space conducted by a Professional Land Surveyor licensed by Oregon State Board of Examiners for Engineering and Land Surveying that shows the total square footage each of mature and immature canopies are within the applicable canopy size limits described in this rule.
Production Tier Changes.
A producer licensed under ORS 475B.070 (Production license) for at least one year may request to increase its approved production tier at any time after the first license year, up to the maximum production tier allowed under this rule. A producer must make a request for an increase in writing, in a form and manner prescribed by the Commission.
The Commission may approve a request for a production tier increase if the Commission believes that granting the request does not present an increased risk of noncompliance with the provisions of ORS Chapter 475B (Cannabis Regulation) and these rules and if the producer:
Has not already been approved for a production tier increase during the current license year;
Is not engaging in mixed production and proposing to alter the producer’s mature canopy production methods as described in subsection (2)(e) of this rule;
Is not proposing a number of additional canopy areas that exceed the maximum allowed under this rule;
Has submitted an approved Land Use Compatibility Statement showing the increased production tier is not prohibited;
Is not under investigation by the Commission for suspected violations of any provision of ORS Chapter 475B (Cannabis Regulation) or these rules and does not have pending administrative violations.
A producer may not increase its production tier without prior written approval from the Commission.
If the Commission determines a producer meets the requirements to increase its production tier at a time other than renewal, the producer must submit payment to the Commission for the difference in the fee paid by the producer at the prior renewal and the fee described in OAR 845-025-1160 (Notification of Changes) for the increased tier size before the Commission will provide the producer with written approval.
The Commission shall give a producer an opportunity to be heard if a request is rejected under this section.
Violations. An intentional violation of this rule is a Category I violation and may result in license revocation. All other violations are Category III violations.
On an annual basis, the Commission shall evaluate market demand for marijuana items, the number of persons applying for producer licenses or licensed as producers and whether the availability of marijuana items in this state is commensurate with the market demand. Following this evaluation, the Commission may amend this rule as needed.