By Joseph Ditzler

The Bulletin

At least three recreational marijuana retailers in Bend have permission to make home deliveries, with more on the way, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Oregrown, 5thLMNT and two locations for Bloom Well were registered for home delivery of marijuana and marijuana products inside the city, said Mark Pettinger, spokesman for the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program, in a text message Tuesday. Bend has 17 licensed retail marijuana locations, according to the OLCC.

A change in state regulations in June increased the limit from $100 to $3,000 in the value of products allowed in a delivery vehicle, which made home delivery financially feasible for marijuana businesses. Cannabis must be carried inside a locked box secured inside the vehicle.

“It can’t be just the trunk of your car,” Pettinger said Tuesday by phone.

Marijuana delivery service may be made to residential addresses only and delivery service may not extend beyond the city limits. Deliveries to public campgrounds, hotels, motels, dormitories and similar addresses are prohibited. Each shop may make only one delivery per day to an address and may not deliver more than the amount of product an individual is allowed by law to purchase at a retail shop. Also, deliveries may be made only between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m.

The OLCC registered about a dozen retailers last year before suspending the program in December in order to integrate it into the Oregon Recreational Marijuana Program Cannabis Tracking System. A third-party contractor, Metrc, provides that service. All transfers of marijuana from seed to sale are supposed to be tracked using Metrc software. Home delivery created a gap in that chain.

“We realized there was no measure in Metrc to generate a bill of sale for home delivery,” Pettinger said. “Now we have that in place, and it’s available for retailers to use.”

About 90 retailers around Oregon, including 28 in Portland, were approved to make home deliveries as of Tuesday, he said. Oregrown co-founder Aviv Hadar said the company is ready to take orders by phone, with consumers making selections from Oregrown menus on websites such as Weedmaps and Leafly, where other Bend retailers also have information available.

“Clients may phone in, like a sandwich shop,” Hadar said Wednesday. “The menu is updated all day long.”

Oregrown, for example, uses its own software to dispatch and track its driver, software that’s integrated with Metrc, he said. He said the software shows a delivery address but doesn’t require the driver to input the buyer’s identity, although the driver is required to check identification before completing the sale.

Pettinger said state regulations do not require marijuana retailers to keep sales records, except for home deliveries, for which records must be kept for one year.

— Reporter: 541-617-7815, jditzler@bendbulletin.com

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