Oregon

Mon
14
May

'Hemp's the new gold rush': What happened when legal marijuana sent prices to rock-bottom

A glut of legal marijuana has driven 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 licences to grow hemp — marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin — have increased more than twentyfold since 2015, and Oregon now ranks No 2 behind Colorado among the 19 states in America 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.

The two-story building where he grew 200 pounds of weed a month sits nearly empty, and a greenhouse built to expand his pot business is packed with hemp plants instead.

Wed
09
May

Oregon: How do you move mountains of unwanted weed?

Oregon farmers have grown three times what their customers can smoke in a year, causing bud prices to plummet and panic to set in.

Arecent Sunday afternoon at the Bridge City Collective cannabis shop in north Portland saw a steady flow of customers.

Little wonder: a gram of weed was selling for less than the price of a glass of wine.

The $4 and $5 grams enticed Scotty Saunders, a 24-year-old sporting a gray hoodie, to spend $88 picking out new products to try with a friend. “We’ve definitely seen a huge drop in prices,” he says.

Across the wood and glass counter, Bridge City owner David Alport was less delighted. He says he’s never sold marijuana this cheap before.

Fri
04
May

Oregon medical marijuana growers prep for state tracking

This summer, about 2,000 medical marijuana growers will need to start using Oregon’s Cannabis Tracking System to ensure the marijuana they grow for patients is tracked and reported, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission said Thursday.

This week, OLCC and the Oregon Health Authority launched a series of information sessions and workshops to help growers registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program begin the sign-up process to use CTS.

Fri
04
May

Beyond THC and CBD: Meet the new cannabinoids on the block

Extraction tech is advancing, and the cannabis industry is just starting to discover and isolate the numerous cannabinoids found in the plant besides THC and CBD. Could delta-8 be the next hot trend?

Age-reversing eye creams packed with scientifically-selected cannabinoid ratios. A diet pill made from weed. Dabs that will never get you too baked.

This is what the future of cannabis looks like.

As the rest of the world catches up to CBD – one of the many compounds in cannabis that doesn't get us high – extraction specialists are delving deeper into the plant's chemistry by siphoning troves of lesser-known cannabinoids and infusing them into novel products.

Wed
02
May

Oregon: Marijuana Company of America and Global Hemp Group announce acquisition of 109 acres for hemp CBD production

Marijuana Company of America Inc. is pleased to announce that the Company, in partnership with Global Hemp Group Inc. has acquired a 109-acre agricultural property in Scio, Oregon (the "Property") for the cultivation of high CBD yielding hemp for the upcoming 2018 growing season.

This particular property was chosen as it has a history of hemp cultivation over the last two growing seasons and contains a high level of organic matter in the soil, which makes it ideal for hemp cultivation. In addition, the property has appropriate irrigation infrastructure that includes sufficient authorized water rights to allow for irrigated cultivation, which is expected to greatly enhance yields of the proposed high CBD hemp cultivars that the partners are planning to grow on the property.

Mon
30
Apr

So much data has been collected about cannabis in Oregon that the government literally can't deal with it

The 1800 cannabis licensees in Oregon input a huge amount of data into the government tracking system each day, writes Calvin Hughes. With only one marijuana data analyst employed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (the body in charge of enforcing cannabis regulation in the state), there just isn't a way for the government to deal with it all.

Steve Marks, the commission's executive director, says he thinks the system works, but is not being fully utilized.

Thu
26
Apr

Cannabis cultivation will be a race to the bottom

The current “green rush” has brought with it an intense focus on large-scale cannabis cultivation. Across the United States and around the globe, we routinely hear stories of companies building larger and larger cannabis farms.

In Arizona, Colorado, California, and Oregon, cannabis is being cultivated in greenhouses in excess of 250,000 sq. ft. that are capable of yielding more than 50,000 pounds of flower. While large-scale Canadian producers are building greenhouses in the millions of square feet and building similar-sized facilities in Europe, Australia, and elsewhere.

Thu
26
Apr

In Oregon’s crowded cannabis market, weed now goes for $4 a gram

This might be good news for consumers, but it is really bad news for growers.

Three years after officially legalizing recreational cannabis, Oregon has finally answered the question: ‘how much weed is too much weed?’ According to the state’s regulatory tracking system, Oregon now has a surplus of more than 1 million lbs of unsold flower and that’s far more than the state can consume.

Though it may not sound like a problem, the state’s surplus of marijuana, first reportedby Willamette Week, is three times the amount that was grown last year and dispensaries can’t get rid of it quick enough.

Thu
26
Apr

Oregon marijuana: Lots of data, few to analyze and check it

To the beat of electronic dance music, men and women inside a slate-grey building harvested marijuana plants festooned with radio-frequency identification tags. In another room, an employee entered the tag numbers into a government database.

The cannabis tracking system used by Avitas, a marijuana company with a production facility in Salem, is the backbone of Oregon’s regulatory system to ensure businesses with marijuana licenses obey the rules and don’t divert their product into the black market.

A huge amount of data is entered into the system by Oregon’s 1,800 licensees every day, a reality that means the state has a tremendous amount of information at its fingertips. But the reality also is the state doesn’t have the manpower to monitor all that data.

Wed
25
Apr

Hemp farming is growing in central Oregon

Hemp, distinct from marijuana due to its much lower THC content, can be grown in Central Oregon with none of the strict regulations required by its cousin. Matt Cyrus of Triple C Farms in Sisters, says hemp gets a bad rap, but according to the state of Oregon, it's a crop just like anything else growing in a field.

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