Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Testing, supply issues ‘could be death knell’ for Oregon MJ market

Omar Sacirbey  | December 1, 2016

By Omar Sacirbey

Strict marijuana testing standards and a dearth of labs have created a supply shortage for Oregon’s marijuana businesses, resulting in half-empty shelves, plunging revenue and possible layoffs. Many businesses are even closing.

State warns Oregon MJ growers about unapproved pesticides

Omar Sacirbey  | November 22, 2016

Three of Oregon’s government agencies have warned marijuana cultivators about using pesticides not approved by the state for use on cannabis crops.

In a jointly signed letter addressed to “Dear Cannabis Producer,” the directors of  the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission wrote on Monday that producers …

15 Oregon towns vote to reverse rec cannabis bans; new taxes set

Bart Schaneman  | November 9, 2016

Fifteen Oregon localities have voted to opt back in to allowing recreational marijuana, overturning bans on cannabis sales or MJ businesses, election results show.

According to the Oregonian, voters in 60 communities considered ballot initiatives that basically asked residents to determine whether recreational or medical cannabis should be permitted.

The newspaper said …

Oregon recreational cannabis sales hit $160 million

John Schroyer  | October 19, 2016

Oregon’s emerging recreational marijuana industry surpassed $160 million in sales for 2016 at the end of September.

Those numbers could be even bigger in reality, however, because the Oregon Department of Revenue is still waiting on some cannabis businesses to file quarterly tax returns from earlier in the year. An agency spokeswoman said that only …

Up to 12 Oregon rec shops may be fully operational

John Schroyer  | October 3, 2016

Oregon’s marijuana industry has begun a new chapter.

At least 26 recreational cannabis retailers in the state have now been fully licensed, the Associated Press reported. And up to a dozen of those were in a position to begin adult-use sales this past Saturday, the official start of Oregon’s full recreational marijuana market.


Oregon marijuana regulators ease rules ahead of deadline

Roger Fillion  | September 30, 2016

Oregon marijuana regulators on Friday announced temporary rules that will make it easier for MJ companies to comply with new rules governing testing, packaging and labeling of recreational and medical cannabis products.

Stricter rules were set to kick in on Saturday, Oct. 1. But delays in the state’s processing of regulatory applications had threatened to …

Slow launch expected for Oregon’s full recreational marijuana market

John Schroyer  | September 27, 2016

By John Schroyer

Oregon dispensaries hoping to fully tap the state’s recreational marijuana market may have to wait longer than initially expected.

Many businesses had hoped to receive recreational marijuana licenses by now and start full sales in October, but it could take months for the lion’s share of them to get final approval. 

Oregon lab accreditation problems could delay rec cannabis rollout

John Schroyer  | September 6, 2016

The full rollout of Oregon’s much-anticipated recreational cannabis industry next month could be delayed owing to problems with the accreditation of marijuana testing labs.

The Register-Guard reported that the Oregon Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, or ORELAP, is overworked and understaffed. That means the agency may not be able to accredit enough labs to satisfy required …