Cannabis and Food Safety Licenses
Adaptable = able to adjust to new conditions. It can be complicated, but an emerging industry can require a bit of adaptability.
The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) is ready to start actively working with companies in the cannabis industry who will need a food safety license and in some instances, may start issuing those licenses.
If your company makes a product that is going to be consumed (someone will eat it or drink it) regardless of recreational or medical, you need a food safety license from ODA. That includes any extracts or concentrates that will be later used in any food product. Everything in the supply chain must be licensed before we can license a dispensary or retail store.
If your company has applied with either OHA or OLCC, then ODA food safety staff can start the plan review process with (if necessary) and possibly do a site consultation. This way, when ODA receives notice from OHA or OLCC that you are ready on their end, ODA will have already have done the bulk of the work to get your company licensed. If you have not already started the license process with either OHA or OLCC, start with them first.
All license pieces must be in place before you are 100% legal to operate. You can choose to get an ODA food safety license before completing the license process with OHA or OLCC, that is your choice but ODA will NOT be refunding any licenses we issue. Please review the attached Food Safety and Cannabis handout. All pieces may not apply to your business, but it will give you a place to start. Also included is the link to find your local food safety inspector. Searching by ZIP code is the easiest way to get to the correct inspector.
As always, if you have questions do not hesitate to contact Sunny Jones, ODA Cannabis Policy Coordinator, at 503.986.4565 or [email protected].
Find your local food safety inspector: bit.do/FindSpecialist
Oregon Cannabis and Food Safety Licenses