Oregon

Wed
25
Jul

Oregon's cannabis business is going through some growing pains

Oregon has some issues. It has been 20 years since it became (with Washington in 1998, after California in 1996) one of the first states to legalize medical cannabis, and its voters approved an adult-use market in 2014. Oregon knows about cannabis.

It just does not know how much cannabis it has, according to New Frontier Data.

Through an internal review released this month, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) overseeing the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) admitted a lack in regulatory oversight of the industry, particularly concerning growers.

Wed
25
Jul

Marijuana smokers are setting aside their joints in favor of edibles, pills and extracts

Marijuana users across the country are setting down their bongs, putting away their joints and moving away from smoking pot.

It’s not that people are giving up on cannabis – far from it. But retailers across the country report that consumers are increasingly switching from smokable marijuana to other forms, including pot-infused foods known as edibles and vaporizer cartridges.

Fri
20
Jul

Oregon’s government has no idea how much marijuana the state is growing

The state’s cannabis farms have been massively underregulated, causing overproduction and a booming black market.

The Oregon Health Authority, the regulator for the state’s medical marijuana program, has no idea how much legal weed the state is producing, according to a report released by state health officials this month.

The Associated Press reports that an internal review of Oregon’s legal marijuana tracking and licensing process was ordered when law enforcement officials indicated that they couldn’t identify which grow ops were operating legally and which were not.

Thu
19
Jul

Study finds more Oregon college students using marijuana after legalization

Oregon State University researchers found that Oregon college students, including those under 21, were much more likely to use marijuana after recreational use became legal, according to a study published this week.

Most of the increase in the post-legalization period was among students who reported using marijuana one to five times a month, not among heavy users, the study found.

Tue
17
Jul

Oregon plans new cannabis harvest regulations to combat illicit market

Growers say the proposed rules would interfere with the time-sensitive process of producing high-quality crops.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is gearing up to roll out new regulations for the state’s licensed cannabis growers. The regulations aim to give the state more control and oversight over cannabis harvests. But growers are already pushing back. They say the new rules could interfere with the delicate and often unpredictable timing of harvesting plants at their peak.

Mon
16
Jul

Oregon admits lack of oversight of medical marijuana program

How much medical marijuana is in the pipeline in Oregon? The managers of the state's program concede that they simply don't know because of lax reporting by producers and a lack of site inspectors.

That, they say, creates opportunities for marijuana to be diverted into the lucrative black market, something that federal authorities have long complained about.

Oregon was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 1998, and in 2014 voters approved allowing recreational use. The state's struggle to transform a business that for decades had operated illegally in the shadows into a regulated industry sets an example for other states moving toward legalization.

Fri
13
Jul

Oregon's medical marijuana program riddled with problems

The agency overseeing Oregon's legal medical marijuana industry conceded in a report Thursday it has not provided effective oversight of growers and others in the industry, creating opportunities for weed to be diverted to the black market.

The blunt internal review echoes complaints from federal authorities that Oregon hasn't adequately controlled its marijuana businesses, and that overproduction of pot is feeding a black market in states that haven't legalized it.

Oregon was one of the first states to legalize medical marijuana in 1998, and in 2014 voters approved allowing recreational use. The state's struggles to move what had for decades operated illegally in the shadows into a regulated industry set an example for other states moving toward legalization.

Thu
05
Jul

How cheap can legal marijuana get?

The laws of supply and demand are creating the cheapest marijuana in North America… but is that good for the long-term viability of the industry?

When legal recreational marijuana sales began in the Pacific Northwest in 2014, prices were as high as $30 per gram for flower.

“My hope is on my home state of Oregon to ramp up production and bottom-out prices,” I wrote for High Times. “I want to see a $50 legal ounce before 2020, dammit!”

Thu
21
Jun

Oregon marijuana growers turning to hemp as CBD extract explodes

A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet, one that doesn’t come with a high.

Applications for state licenses to grow hemp, marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin, have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, making Oregon No. 2 behind Colorado among the 19 states with active hemp cultivation. The rapidly evolving market comes amid skyrocketing demand for a hemp-derived extract called cannabidiol, or CBD, seen by many as a health aid.

Tue
19
Jun

Pot company uses proceeds to help kids taken from undocumented parents

cannabis company in Oregon has teamed up with a dispensary to help kids taken from undocumented parents. Leif Goods will donate $1 for each of its chocolate bars sold at Farmaduring the next week. In the last six weeks, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has separated nearly 2,000 migrant children from their parents.

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