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Oregon FAQ

Are all recreational marijuana businesses required to use Metrc?

Yes all recreational businesses licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission are required to report in Metrc either directly or through the Metrc API.

Will other industry members, outside businesses or the public have access to my information?

No, all information in Metrc is private and confidential, only viewable by the licensee and the OLCC.

Why was Metrc LLC chosen?

Metrc LLC was selected based on Oregon’s standard competitive bidding and procurement process.

When will training be provided?

Timelines for the initial training phases have been developed and will be scheduled based on the timing and approval of license applications. Please see the Oregon page on the Metrc website for updates. Schedule details can be found on the OLCC or the Metrc Oregon website.

Do I need to purchase any additional hardware such as computers, barcode readers or RFID readers.

Metrc is a completely web-hosted system. That means that all access to Metrc is done via the internet and only requires an internet connection and a web browser. No additional hardware is required. Also, there is no software to download, install, or maintain.

I thought RFID readers were required?

Activities in Metrc can be accomplished without Barcode scanners or RFID readers. Although the use of these tools can increase productivity and efficiencies, it will be up to each licensee to decide to use Barcode or RFID readers, but their use is not required.

Why does the Metrc system utilize RFID tags?

The CTS tags have multiple modalities that include human readable information, barcodes and RFID. RFID specifically offers a higher degree of accuracy, improved speed of reading and ultimately makes reporting for both the industry and the OLCC more cost efficient.

How much do the tags cost?

Plant tags are .45 cents each and package tags are .25 cents each.

Are the tags reusable?

No, each tag is created with a unique ID / serial number associated to a singular plant or package (much like a VIN number on a car). Each ID number is only utilized once to maintain a chain of custody and unique plant or package history.

Why aren’t the tags reusable?

Reusing the number would create confusion and an inability to track a plant or package properly in the event of an action requiring traceability such as a recall. This traceability is necessary for ensuring public safety, mitigating public health concerns that arise, and ensuring consumers’ protection.

Are there any other fee’s required to operate in Metrc?

In most states where Metrc is deployed each licensee pays a minimal $40.00 per month fee that provides the reporting, help-desk support, user training, and the ongoing enhancements to the system designed to enhance industry reporting capabilities. However, in Oregon, the OLCC has opted to pay for and include this cost in its support of the Oregon marijuana industry.

Does Metrc have an interface to allow for connection of 3rd party system?

Yes, Metrc offers an Interface called an API that allows 3rd party providers the ability to interface. More information is located on the Oregon page of the Metrc website below.

Do I have to use a 3rd party system to enter information into Metrc?

No, Metrc can be used as a standalone system with direct data entry. However, Metrc will be certifying qualified point of sale and inventory management vendors before they’re allowed to use Metrc.

Will 3rd party organizations like consultants and advocacy groups receive instructions on Metrc?

The priority at this time is to ensure that licensees have every opportunity to successfully implement Metrc on a facility-by-facility basis. Once this has occurred, the OLCC will evaluate the need to provide instruction to others outside of the state legally licensed and regulated community.
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