Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Large Tea Company Sues Small Cannabis Shop Over ‘Stash’ Name

Omar Sacirbey  | April 28, 2016

David versus Goliath?

One of the nation’s largest specialty tea companies is suing a small Oregon marijuana shop for trademark infringement over use of the name “Stash.”

The Stash Tea Co. in Tigard, a Portland, Oregon suburb, accuses the Stash Cannabis Co. in nearby Beaverton of “systematic infringement of trademarks owned by Stash Tea,”

Most Tribes Hit the Brakes on Marijuana; a Few Move Ahead

John Schroyer  | April 26, 2016

By John Schroyer

The anticipated “green rush” on Native American lands has failed to materialize, contrary to earlier signs that dozens of tribes were poised to capitalize on the opportunity to grow and sell cannabis.

The turnaround has dampened, for now, the opportunity for entrepreneurs in states without legalized medical or recreational cannabis.

Keef Cola, Kiva Confections Form Expansion Partnership

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2016

Colorado-based CanCore Concepts, owner of the popular edibles brand Keef Cola, and California-based Kiva Confections, maker of cannabis-infused chocolates, have struck a new type of licensing deal that will give each company access to the other’s home market.

Under the agreement, both companies will not only distribute but also manufacture each others’ products on their …

Week in Review: Cannabis Legalization in North America, MJ Clubs Whacked & Oregon Flood

John Schroyer  | April 22, 2016

By John Schroyer

Canada and Mexico signal they’ll move ahead with cannabis legalization, marijuana clubs hit local pushback, and entrepreneurs flood Oregon with applications to operate in the state’s new recreational cannabis market.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.

Report: Oregon Rec Sales Could Hit $300M

John Schroyer  | April 12, 2016

Oregon’s fledgling recreational cannabis industry could generate nearly $300 million in sales this year and $46 million in wages, a new study predicts.

The report, compiled by a Portland economist and a cannabis industry consultant, provides a peek at the potential of the state’s rec marijuana market, which launched last October and so far has …

Sales Drop for WA Rec Shops on Oregon Border

Omar Sacirbey  | April 8, 2016

Washington State marijuana stores along the Oregon border have seen their sales plummet since their southern neighbor’s legalization program went online last October, according to The Oregonian.

For example, cannabis tax revenues in Washington’s Klickitat County, to the northeast of Portland, dropped 47% since October, when marijuana stores started opening in Oregon.

Stores …

Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Banking Bill

Omar Sacirbey  | April 4, 2016

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill Monday afternoon that protects financial institutions working with marijuana businesses from state criminal prosecution.

The new law, however, does not protect financial institutions from federal prosecution, so it isn’t likely to persuade banks and credit unions in Oregon to start servicing marijuana businesses.

While marijuana is legal …

Oregon Limits Rec and Medical Edible Doses

John Schroyer  | April 1, 2016

On Thursday afternoon, Oregon health officials went ahead with a new limitation on cannabis edibles: those produced for recreational consumers will be limited to five milligrams for a single dose and 50 milligrams for an entire package, and medical edibles will be limited to 100 milligrams per package.

Although the Oregon Health Authority …

Week in Review: Oregon MJ Boost, Support for Vermont Rec Bill & New York Blues

John Schroyer  | April 1, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey and John Schroyer

Oregon dispensaries get some great news, Vermont’s governor throws his weight behind a recreational marijuana bill, and New York’s fledgling MMJ program continues to struggle.

Here’s a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week.