Oregon

Mon
13
May

What it's like starting a family business in the cannabis industry

The cannabis plant that we consume is a female plant, writes Diana-Ashley Krach. In cannabis breeding, the "mother plant" is what's used for clippings that turn into clones, which are identical plants that can be grown anywhere. But cannabis is maternal beyond simply bearing offspring; some use the analogy of a mother to describe the plant: she nurtures and heals, and can bring solace to those who need it. When used socially, cannabis brings people together, creates connections, and builds bonds. When used medically, cannabis improves quality of life.

Mon
06
May

The initiative is building gender equity in cannabis

I meet Amy Margolis at The Commune, her plant-filled, exposed-brick coworking space with floor-to-ceiling windows and skylights, located in Portland’s Old Town. The majority of people huddled around tables in a large meeting room are women who run emerging cannabusinesses, which makes the shared office look as if it’s The Wing for weed.

Fri
03
May

Oregon Lawmakers consider exporting Cannabis surplus

Oregon lawmakers are weighing the benefits of shipping the state’s famed cannabis products out of state.

The production of recreational marijuana in Oregon far outweighs demand, resulting in plummeting prices that hurt current producers and potential cannabis entrepreneurs. A report by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission published earlier this year found that there is already enough cannabis inventory to supply the state for six and a half years if current consumption trends holds steady.

Tue
30
Apr

Oregon Senate votes in favor of temporary freeze on cannabis production

A bill aimed at limiting Oregon’s supply of cannabis advanced out of the state Senate and will now go before the House for consideration. On Monday, Senate lawmakers voted 18-10 in favor of a temporary freeze on cannabis production. The freeze would hold marijuana production at its current level for the next two years. The bill would also suspend the issuance of any new cultivation licenses. Currently licensed growers, however, will be able to renew their licenses during the temporary freeze period.

Fri
12
Apr

Oregon has produced more weed than it knows what to do with – 1 million pounds more, to be exact

In a fit of overenthusiasm, the state of Oregon has produced more weed than it knows what to do with – 1 million pounds more, to be exact.

The state is overflowing with unsold herb. Although the practical solution is seemingly to just grow less weed, the reality isn’t quite so simple, as farmers who currently produce the plant could lose what for many is their only source of income.

Mon
08
Apr

Oregon anticipates interstate marijuana commerce

It may seem like a pipe dream now, but Oregon lawmakers are anticipating the federal government legalizing, or at least tolerating, the interstate transfer of marijuana.

The Senate Judiciary Committee moved forward a bill this week empowering the governor to enter into agreements with other states for such transactions. The bill, which was completely rewritten in an amendment, goes to the Senate floor for a vote.

Unlike the original bill, the new version specifies that it would not be operative until federal law is amended to allow for the interstate transfer of marijuana, or the U.S. Department of Justice issues an opinion or memorandum allowing or tolerating it.

Thu
28
Mar

Legal hemp, pot's look-alike, creates quandary for police

Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid.

But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry has been unsettled by an unexpected development.

Thu
28
Mar

Hemp's growth 'exploding' in Oregon

Hemp is in the midst of another record growth year in Oregon, according to Gary McAninch, the program manager for industrial hemp at the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

During a presentation to the monthly meeting of the Douglas County Livestock Association on March 19, McAninch noted that as of that day, 751 growers, 254 handlers (processors) and 22,435 acres had been registered with the state’s industrial hemp program. He added that many more registrations are expected.

In 2015, there were only 13 growers, 13 handlers and 105 acres registered.

“Hemp’s growth in Oregon has exploded,” McAninch said. “It’s nice to see a farm commodity take off.”

Tue
05
Mar

Empower Clinics expected to soon open CBD extraction facility in Oregon

Empower Clinics Inc. has entered into a non-binding term sheet with Aibeida LifeTech Ltd. with a view to opening a fully functioning, hemp-based CBD extraction facility in greater Portland, Ore. sometime during the second quarter of 2019.

As per the agreement, Empower will pay Aibeida US$1 million in cash at closing and a US$250,000 performance holdback, notes a statement from Empower, an owner/operator of a network of physician-staffed clinics that are focused on helping patients to improve and protect their health through innovative uses of medical cannabis.

Tue
26
Feb

Science: Regular consumption of marijuana keeps you fit and active

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Here’s a new health-related adage to consider: Regular consumption of marijuana keeps you thin and active.

According to researchers at Oregon Health and Science University, people who use marijuana more than five times per month have a lower body mass index (BMI) than people who do not marijuana.

The researchers concluded:

Heavy users of cannabis had a lower mean BMI compared to that of never users, with a mean BMI being 26.7 kg/m in heavy users and 28.4 kg/m in never users.

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