Tag: Oregon

Sven Glass: Blown For the Soul, From the Soul

May 24, 2024 · Cannabis Now

For Michael Svensson, who prefers to go by Sven, making a functional piece of glass art is about much more than just aesthetics. For him, it’s important that his glasswork embody his love for creativity, his respect for the artistic process and his unwavering commitment to personal growth. Especially since that’s what attracted him to the artform of glass blowing in the first place. It was during his time as a successful skateboarder in his youth that he met Eusheen Goines, who was just getting… Read more.

Christine Smith: The Maven of Edible Experience

April 3, 2024 · Cannabis Now

Architect-turned-chocolatier Christine Smith is the CEO and founder of Grön, the best-selling, handcrafted cannabis-infused edibles brand. Smith founded Grön herself with no outside investment, cashing out stock from her architectural firm to purchase her first chocolate machine.  Thanks to Smith’s vision and business acumen, what started out as a “side project” has grown into a company of 200 team members selling millions of products every month. Grön is now available in its home state of Oregon, plus Arizona, Nevada, Missouri,… Read more.

Oregon Cannabis Businesses Call for Permanent License Caps

January 27, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

The Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon (CIAO) is calling for lawmakers to make permanent a restriction on the licensing of new cannabis companies that is set to expire in April, according to a KLCC report. Before the statewide licensing moratorium was enacted in 2018, officials had issued over 3,000 licenses for the production, manufacturing, and retail of adult-use cannabis products, the report said. “There are so many businesses competing for the same amount of market share that it’s just not feasible,” said Mike Getlin,… Read more.

Oregon Lawmakers Consider Reversing Drug Decriminalization

January 20, 2024 · Ganjapreneur

Oregon Republican lawmakers in the House last week unveiled a proposal that would re-criminalize drug possession in the state by reassigning misdemeanor penalties for drug possession and mandating addiction treatment to avoid jail, the Oregon Capital Chronicle reports. The bill seeks to override the state’s 2020 voter-approved drug decriminalization initiative, Measure 110, by making persona possession of fentanyl, heroin, and meth a class A misdemeanor with jail time penalties of up to one year, a fine of up to $6,250, or both,… Read more.

Oregon House Republicans Release Proposal To Recriminalize Drug Possession, Reversing Voter-Approved Measure 110

January 17, 2024 · Marijuana Moment

Oregon House Republican lawmakers on Thursday released details of a proposal that would end Measure 110 by mandating misdemeanor penalties for drug possession and treatment to avoid jail. House Republicans want to make possession of small amounts of fentanyl, heroin and meth a Class A misdemeanor, which carries up to a year in jail, a fine of up to $6,250, or both. Under the bill, users could avoid jail time with mandatory addiction treatment. The bill also would impose a… Read more.

Face of the Farmer: Prime Kind Farms

January 12, 2024 · Cannabis Now

When Ben Bickle was growing up on his parent’s farm in Grants Pass, OR, he learned to grow food, cut flowers, raise livestock and fell timber. Nearly everything they consumed came from the farm, the forest, the river or the sea. Owning a cannabis farm was nowhere near his thoughts. “I thought everyone lived like that,” he says. “I was 17 when I realized that wasn’t the norm, and that people bought meat and produce at the store. The travesty… Read more.

Over 700 People Legally Tripped Shrooms in Oregon This Year

December 28, 2023 · High Times

Psilocybin treatment centers in Oregon have administered magic mushrooms to over 700 people in 2023, the inaugural year of the program. Numbers reported by the Seattle Times who cited the Healing Advocacy Fund, a non-profit organization which supports the advancement of psychedelic therapies in Oregon and Washington, tally the total number of people who have accessed psilocybin therapy this year in Oregon at 715. Over 100 people have accessed the services in the last 20 days alone, as the Healing Advocacy Fund… Read more.

What are the Best States for Starting a Cannabis Business in 2024? – Marijuana Legal Experts Weigh In!

December 18, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Have you ever pondered the landscape of cannabis regulations across the United States? Amid a shifting legal terrain where nearly half of the states have embraced recreational cannabis and 38 have legalized medical marijuana, the complexities abound. Despite federal law maintaining cannabis as an illegal substance, each state charts its course with unique rules and regulations. Deciding on the optimal cannabis state involves considering various factors, such as whether the state permits medical, recreational, or both cannabis programs, the presence of… Read more.

Selling Cannabis Licenses for Pennies on the Dollar – Oregon’s Outdoor Harvest Was So Massive It Crushed Prices

December 8, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Once again, Oregon's cannabis producers have faced an oversupply issue, as revealed in a recent report. This perpetuates the ongoing challenge of excess marijuana within the state's regulated cannabis industry. Throughout much of the current year, analyses of Oregon's cannabis production indicated a downward trajectory compared to the previous year, resulting in a slight uptick in prices. However, a November 20 report by state economists Mark McMullen and Josh Lehner unveils that the fall harvest of outdoor cannabis this year surpassed… Read more.

Oregon Weed Glut Continues in 2023

December 5, 2023 · high-times

Oregon cannabis producers grew too much weed again this year, according to a new report, continuing the glut of marijuana that has plagued the state’s regulated pot industry for years.  For much of this year, analysis of Oregon’s production of cannabis showed that the state was on a downward trend compared to last year, leading to a modest increase in prices. But a new report from state economists Mark McMullen and Josh Lehner that was released on November 20 shows… Read more.

Marijuana lab-testing analysis finds routine THC inflation, data manipulation

November 28, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

The THC potency of marijuana flower sold in legal stores in four states is routinely and systematically inflated, sometimes by as much as 25% or more, according to an independent analysis of licensed cannabis testing-laboratory data obtained by MJBizDaily. But perhaps even more troublingly, the analysis – conducted by Yasha Kahn of MCR Labs, a state-licensed cannabis testing laboratory in Massachusetts – also found evidence of data manipulation in lab testing for yeast and mold. The analysis suggests tainted products that… Read more.

Oregon Rep. Blumenauer to Retire from Congress

November 3, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D), a founding member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, on Monday announced he will not seek reelection. In a Facebook post, Blumenauer, who served as a member of Congress for 27 years, said “Now, it is time to refocus on a narrower set of priorities.”   Blumenauer served as an Oregon state lawmaker in 1973 when the state decriminalized cannabis and has been an ardent supporter of federal cannabis reforms since his election to the House of Representatives in 1996. He… Read more.

$6.91 for a Gram of Weed? – Which States Have the Cheapest Medical Marijuana?

November 2, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Cannabis cultivation in the United States traces its roots to the early colonists, who cultivated hemp primarily for textile and rope production. However, during the 19th and early 20th centuries, cannabis found extensive `use as a patented medicinal remedy, with its formal inclusion in the United States Pharmacopeia occurring in 1850. In 1937, cannabis was criminalized. The criminalization of marijuana was influenced by a combination of political and racial factors and was achieved through the enactment of the Marijuana Tax… Read more.

Oregon Cannabis Industry Groups Merge Amid Market Downturn

October 25, 2023 · High Times

Two cannabis industry groups in Oregon have decided to join forces in a merger that comes amid a downturn in the state’s market for legal marijuana. The two groups, the Oregon Cannabis Association and the Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon, announced the merger last week following unanimous votes by the boards of directors of each organization. The newly merged group is named the Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon and represents more than 500 member businesses in the state’s licensed cannabis… Read more.

Utah Startup Applies to Sell Cannabis DUI Insurance in Oregon

October 18, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Utah-based startup reepher has applied to sell insurance in Oregon which would cover the cost of defending a cannabis DUI, Axios reports. The cheapest reepher product offered costs $15 monthly and offers $15,000 in potential coverage, including up to $8,000 in attorney fees and $1,500 to recover a towed vehicle.   The company launched in late 2021 and currently operates in Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, according to the reepher website.  CEO Justin Kahn told Axios that, to date, the company has… Read more.

Yes, You Can Now Sell Moldy Weed to Consumers in Oregon – PS, Aspergillus Doesn’t Really Count

September 26, 2023 · Cannabis.net

The Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission has approved the sale and transfer of marijuana products that previously tested positive for Aspergillus, a mold variety that has prompted product recalls in various markets. This regulatory decision now enables the release of 2,500 pounds of cannabis and 65,000 infused pre-roll units, initially withheld due to mold concerns, for distribution through licensed channels, as detailed in a news release. In May, the Oregon Health Authority implemented fresh regulations for cannabis producers, enforcing a… Read more.

New Oregon Ballot Proposal Would Roll Back Voter-Approved Drug Decriminalization Law

September 20, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A group in Oregon wants to make drug possession a crime again, having unveiled two versions of a would-be ballot initiative that would undo key provisions of Measure 110, the 2020 voter-approved measure that decriminalized simple possession of all drugs. The proposal—which backers say they’ll pursue both through the state legislature and at the ballot box, if necessary—would make it a misdemeanor crime to possess certain “hard” drugs, including fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and others. It would also create a… Read more.

Kids Going to College Smoke Less Weed Than Non-College Bound Kids Says New Medical Study

September 3, 2023 · Cannabis.net

According to a study conducted by scholars from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Oregon State University, utilizing national data, it was discovered that in states where recreational marijuana had been legalized, non-college-bound young adults exhibited a higher propensity to become frequent marijuana users compared to their counterparts in states where it remained illegal. These research findings have been documented in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Following the legalization of marijuana at the state level, it was observed that… Read more.

Oregon Appeals Court Orders Stay of Fungus Testing Rule

August 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Friday suspended the state’s cannabis testing requirements for the fungus aspergillus, Willamette Week reports. The lawsuit was filed in July by the Cannabis Industry Association of Oregon, Southern Oregon Family Farms, and Cannessentials Farm who claimed the testing rules are overreaching and harmful to the industry.  The new rules took effect on March 1 and since then, many organic cannabis cultivators in the state have failed the aspergillus testing. Cannabis that fails the test is subject to recall. … Read more.

USDA Doubles The Number Of Hemp Professionals Serving On Federal Trade Advisory Committees

August 25, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) are again expanding representation of the hemp industry in federal trade advisory committees, doubling the number of officials who will help bolster cannabis commerce. On Thursday, USDA and USTR announced the appointments of two more hemp officials: one a top regulator for the crop in Oregon and the other a member of the National Industrial Hemp Council of America (NIHC). That raises the total number… Read more.

Congressman Celebrates 50-Year Marijuana Decriminalization Anniversary In His State And Tells Feds To ‘Catch Up’

June 25, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

A congressional leader on marijuana reform is marking the 50-year anniversary of his home state’s historic move to decriminalize cannabis and calling on the federal government to “catch up.” Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), co-chair of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, said in a floor speech on Friday that this week represents half a century since Oregon moved to decriminalize marijuana—an effort he helped to advance while he was serving in the state legislature. “I was honored to be a part of… Read more.

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper Investigates “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” with CNN’s David Culver

June 16, 2023 · CNN Press Room

The Whole Story with Anderson Cooper, a CNN Original, continues with immersive new reporting from CNN Correspondent David Culver, as he travels to Jamaica to explore the therapeutic benefits of medically supervised consumption of psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms. “Magic Mushrooms: Can They Change Your Mind?” premieres Sunday, June 18 at 8pm ET/PT. The naturally stunning landscape of Jamaica is the backdrop for a resort that hosts psychedelic retreats, where it is legal to grow and consume magic mushrooms.… Read more.

Feds to Investigate Former Oregon Secretary of State’s Relationship with Cannabis Company Owners

June 13, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Close-up Of A Businessperson's Hand Looking At Receipts Through Magnifying Glass At Workplace

Federal criminal investigators in late May sent subpoenas to five Oregon agencies for records concerning former Secretary of State Shemia Fagan and the owners of cannabis company La Mota, Aaron Mitchell and Rosa Cazares, whom Fagan worked for as a private consultant, Oregon Public Broadcasting reports.  Fagan stepped down from her government role on May 8 after it was discovered that she had taken the consultant role and her office had prepared an audit of state cannabis regulations that was viewed as favorable to cannabis companies.  … Read more.

No Bankruptcy Protection, Just Receivership for Cannabis Companies – Oregon’s Chalice Farms Goes Belly Up

May 31, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Oregon's leading cannabis company, Chalice, is grappling with a severe financial crisis that has prompted significant measures. According to the ‘Willamette Week’, the company, burdened by debts exceeding $35 million, has filed a request with the Multnomah County court to place five of its subsidiary companies under the control of a receiver. Notably, Chalice operates 15 dispensaries across the state. This recent court action sheds light on the dire situation that Oregon's third-largest dispensary chain faces. Small cannabis businesses have accused Chalice… Read more.

ESCAPE SHROOM I have the trippiest job in the world helping stressed executives take magic mushrooms – their reactions are wild

May 14, 2023 · The US Sun

OUR busy lives can lead many to find solutions to stress, such as hobbies and therapy, but this man is one of many beginning to administer a unique solution. Nate Howard is one of the first licensed "shamans" who is helping administer magic mushrooms to help those struggling with PTSD, depression and anxiety. Oregon began issuing licenses this year for those looking to guide others through their "trips", but Nate says the interest in psilocybin is nationwide. Consuming the drug can be… Read more.

Legalizing Shrooms – Which States are Moving Fast to Approve Psilocybin Laws?

May 11, 2023 · Cannabis.net

Following voters' narrow approval of a measure on the 2022 November ballot, Colorado became the second state in the U.S. to legalize the use of psychedelic drugs. This decision indicates the increasing acceptance and use of psychedelic substances nationwide. So far, a dozen counties and cities in the U.S. have decriminalized psilocybin or psilocin, two psychedelic compounds found in "magic mushrooms." As we covered at the Benzinga Psychedelics Show in Miami, what states are more being more progressive about LSD, mushrooms, and… Read more.

Oregon Cannabis Trade Group Asks Lawmakers for Stricter Regulations Against Expansion of Bad Actor Businesses

May 5, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

In a letter to lawmakers, the Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon asked that a bill currently being considered by the House be amended to prevent La Mota – the cannabis company that had hired former Secretary of State Shemia Fagan as a consultant – from continuing its expansion in the state, according to a Willamette Week report outlining the letter. In the letter, the organization said that “Companies that display a flagrant disregard for state laws and fair business practices have no… Read more.

The Industry Wagons are Loaded Up and Moving East

May 2, 2023 · MG Magazine

Map of the East Coast of the USA with focus on New York and Washington D.C.

The West Coast always will be known as the birthplace of the modern cannabis industry, but the past decade has proved being a first mover doesn’t always result in a long-term advantage. When Colorado and Washington opened their doors to adult use in 2012, followed by California and Oregon a few years later, the West Coast seemed destined to carve the landscape of the modern American cannabis industry. In many ways, West Coast companies have been an influential force, albeit… Read more.

Oregon Audit Forces State Official to Resign Cannabis Consultancy

May 1, 2023 · Green Market Report

Other state lawmakers had criticized the business arrangement. Oregon’s secretary of state on Monday cut ties with a marijuana business she’d been consulting with after the business arrangement came to light following a state audit of Oregon’s cannabis industry. “I exercised poor judgment by contracting with a company that is owned by my significant political donors and is regulated by an agency that was under audit by my Audits Division,” Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said in a press release, which also stated her… Read more.

Oregon Secretary Of State’s Marijuana Consulting Gig Raises Questions About New Audit On Preparing For Federal Legalization

April 30, 2023 ·

The Oregon secretary of state’s office released an audit of the state’s regulation of the cannabis industry on Friday on the heels of revelations that the agency’s head, Shemia Fagan, accepted a side job as consultant to a cannabis company in February. Fagan’s consulting work with Veriede Holding LLC, an affiliate of La Mota cannabis dispensary chain, was first reported by Willamette Week on Thursday. The next day, secretary of state officials released the audit and took steps to distance Fagan from… Read more.

UK-based CBD brand Naturecan acquires Oregon production facility

April 27, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

United Kingdom-based CBD and wellness brand Naturecan acquired the IAH Oregon cannabidiol production facility in the U.S. for 8 million pounds (roughly $10 million). Naturecan did not specify how it would satisfy the price of the acquisition. IAH Oregon, headquartered in Medford, previously produced the CBD used in Naturecan products, according to a news release issued Wednesday. “Now Naturecan will ramp up production of its global supplies of CBD oils, snacks, protein supplements, vitamins and balms as well as supplying… Read more.

Number of the Week: 2.4%

April 25, 2023 · Green Market Report

2.4% – Percent of flower and pre-roll products in Oregon that are a Runtz strain While no strain dominates the Oregon market, strains with Runtz in its name or listed as its parent genetics are inching their way to the top. Guava Runtz, White Runtz, and other fun varieties including the classic Runtz have increased their share of dispensary shelves in Oregon over the past six months, making it the flower and pre-roll strain with the most distribution in the… Read more.

Dutchie admits ‘failures’ on 4/20, promises payout to marijuana retailers

April 24, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

A “series of cascading failures” was responsible for Dutchie’s e-commerce platform outage that impacted marijuana retailers on 4/20, the company admitted. As a make-good, Dutchie CEO Tim Barash promised to pay out retailers that use the Oregon-based cannabis tech platform “an amount equivalent to our estimate of your lost profits” during the Thursday interruptions. After reporting “elevated error rates” on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dutchie’s e-commerce platforms went down for a part of Thursday, one of the busiest sales days of the year for… Read more.

Study: Worms Can Get the Munchies

April 22, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A study published Thursday found that nematode worms under the influence of cannabis preferred high-calorie foods – behavior similar to humans when they get the munchies after consuming cannabis, according to a Washington Post report.    Shawn Lockery, a University of Oregon Institute of Neuroscience professor, and one of the study’s authors, told the Post the study “helps us place ourselves in the universe of animals in a new way by reinforcing the commonality between humans, with this massive and marvelous brain, and a tiny… Read more.

Oregon Issues First Licenses For Psilocybin Facilitators

April 20, 2023 · Green Market Report

Oregon Health Authority (OHA)  released a statement on April 18 noting that the authority had licensed the state’s first three facilitators for providing psilocybin services. The licensing follows a regulatory framework created by M109, the Oregon Psilocybin Services Act. The OHA  said it issued the licenses to David Naftalin, Alexander Polvi and Jeanette Small. “We want to congratulate the first facilitators to be licensed in Oregon,” says Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) Section Manager Angie Allbee. “As your work in providing non-directive psilocybin… Read more.

Survey: Portland, Oregon Is Best American City for Cannabis

April 14, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

A survey published Monday by Real Estate Witch found Portland, Oregon is the best city for cannabis in the U.S., while Birmingham, Alabama ranked as the worst. Among cities where cannabis is legal for adult use, Richmond, Virginia was the lowest-ranked, followed by Virginia Beach and Washington, D.C.  Portland earned the top spot due, in part, to the affordable cannabis prices in the city, where an ounce of “high quality” cannabis costs about $210 – about $106 less than the national average… Read more.

Oregon marijuana cultivators cope with price slump amid boom-bust cycle

April 5, 2023 · MJ Biz Daily

Oregon marijuana cultivators have been suffering through another wholesale price slump as supply outstrips demand, a now-familiar pattern for the state’s mature adult-use market. Median wholesale prices were hovering near $600 per pound on March 1, down from a peak of more than $1,800 in 2017, according to Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) data. Interstate cannabis commerce could solve the problem by unleashing Oregon’s production glut on the rest of the U.S., but – barring wild success in a pending… Read more.

Jim Belushi Excited About Season 3 of ‘Growing Belushi’

April 4, 2023 · Celebstoner

Jim Belushi can't wait for the Apr. 5 Season 3 premiere of Growing Belushi on Discovery+. The network planned for an earlier rollout in February, but then decided to wait until April - the month of the 4/20 stoner holiday. Season 2 ended with a fire on the Belushi's Farm property in Medford, OR. Belushi tells CelebStoner: "This time we did six episodes . It was a 30% jump from Season 2. Discovery has only had four shows in… Read more.

Psilocybin services set for Oregon takeoff

April 2, 2023 · Newsminer

The psychedelics movement and its poster child psilocybin are continuing to make waves as adults 21 and older will likely consume the first legal dose of the magic mushroom-derived compound since 1968 this year in Oregon. The research renaissance of the last decade or so has shown psilocybin and other psychedelics’ unparalleled ability to treat a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, launching the hallucinogens within view of doctors, politicians and to some extent the general public. (Full Story) Read more.

Oregon Issues First Psilocybin Manufacturing License

March 29, 2023 · Ganjapreneur

Oregon regulators issued the state’s first business license under the state’s historic psilocybin therapy program last week, the Associated Press reports. The licensee, Satori Farms PDX LLC, received its license to begin manufacturing psilocybin products from Oregon Psilocybin Services — a branch of the Oregon Health Authority — last Wednesday. Oregon’s medical psilocybin program formally launched this January after voters approved the system during the 2020 election. Psilocybin, the psychedelic substance found in magic mushrooms, has shown promise in treating severe depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, end-of-life anxiety among… Read more.

Oregon Approves Nation’s First Psilocybin Grower License To Supply Psychedelic Service Centers

March 22, 2023 · marijuanamoment.net

Oregon regulators have approved the nation’s first-ever psilocybin production license under a novel state-based regulatory framework for broad access to the psychedelic that voters approved in 2020. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) announced on Wednesday that they’ve granted a psilocybin manufacturer license to the woman-owned business Satori Farms PDX LLC. The so-called magic mushrooms produced at the manufacturing facility will help supply future businesses where people can go to have the psychedelic administered in a supervised environment. Regulators were tasked… Read more.

SEC Charges Oregon Cultivator and Others with Financial Crimes

March 22, 2023 · MG Magazine

Washington, DC, USA - June 25, 2022: The logo of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seen at its headquarters in Washington, DC.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged American Patriot Brands Inc. (APB), its chief executive officer, and five other entities with siphoning off millions of dollars in a long-running scheme that defrauded more than 100 investors across the country. According to the SEC’s complaint, APB CEO Robert Y. Lee, along with current and former executives Brian L. Pallas and J. Bernard Rice, began making a series of “false and misleading statements to investors” in 2016 about the company’s financial position… Read more.

$80 Ounces in Michigan and $4 Grams in Oregon – How Low Can You Go Is a Marijuana Industry Problem

March 20, 2023 · Cannabis.net

The 2023 Recreational Marijuana Supply and Demand Legislative report from the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission states that per-gram cannabis prices in Oregon have decreased by 16% from the previous year, reaching an all-time low of $4. According to the OLCC, the market demand for marijuana in Oregon was estimated to be 52% of the supply in 2021 and 63% in 2022. Despite the deteriorating market conditions, 2022 was closer to achieving supply/demand equilibrium than 2021. This was due to OLCC Producers… Read more.

Meet Christine Smith, Former Architect Turned Top Cannabis Edibles CEO

February 24, 2023 · Forbes

When Christine Smith began making and packaging chocolate cannabis edibles, it was only a hobby as she was a architect in Oregon. But with the state then being on the cusp of legalizing adult-use cannabis, Smith sought a creative outlet, one that mined her love of food. Little did she know that her basement tinkerings would lead to a career that would establish her company Grön as one of the largest and most recognized edible makers in the Northwest. However, it hasn't… Read more.