Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

White House’s words won’t deter rec marijuana states

John Schroyer  | February 24, 2017

By John Schroyer

Despite ominous overtones from the White House, the eight states that have legalized recreational cannabis are proceeding full-bore, whether it’s with existing infrastructures or plans to establish new markets.

Governors and attorneys general responded in unison: They’ll honor voters’ wishes, and conduct business as usual while awaiting specific policies.

Week in Review: Seniors + MMJ, Oregon faces changes & Cannabis Caucus debuts

Bart Schaneman  | February 17, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

A medical marijuana company in New York lands a nursing home deal, Oregon may align the state’s MMJ and recreational programs under one regulator, and the Cannabis Caucus officially launches.

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

OR regulator warns rec cannabis businesses for lax record keeping

Omar Sacirbey  | February 10, 2017

Recreational marijuana businesses in Oregon that do not use the state’s seed-to-sale tracking system could lose their licenses or face fines.

Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, delivered that warning Thursday to cannabis cultivators and retailers, noting that roughly 20% of the state’s 900 license holders are not keeping their …

Week in Review: Marijuana industry trademarks, cannabis banking & Oregon rec sales

John Schroyer  | January 27, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman 

A prominent marijuana pipe maker sues to defend its trademark, another state seeks Trump’s guidance on MJ banking, and adult-use cannabis sales continue to drop in Oregon.

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

OR rec cannabis sales keep falling amid supply, regulatory issues

Bart Schaneman  | January 24, 2017

Oregon’s embattled recreational marijuana industry posted its second straight monthly sales drop in December, hit by a supply shortage and problems related to product testing.

Despite strong consumer demand, data from the Oregon Department of Revenue showed tax collections totaled $5.6 million last month, down 13% from November and a 28% dip from a high of $7.8 …

Oregon received nearly 2K rec marijuana applications last year

John Schroyer  | January 10, 2017

The agency that governs Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry was swamped with nearly 2,000 adult-use business license applications in 2016, far above the 800-1,200 it expected.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) received 1,907 total applications last year, the Portland Business Journal reported Monday. Of those applications from retailers, growers and other types of …

Oregon legislators may take aim at medical cannabis regulator

Kevin Huhn  | January 9, 2017

The Oregon regulatory agency whose testing procedures have been blamed for damaging the state’s medical cannabis industry is being targeted by state lawmakers.

Legislation proposed for the 2017 session would wrest some or all control of medical marijuana from the Oregon Health Authority, the Portland Business Journal reported.

When the state legislature convenes Feb. …

Deadline looms for Oregon dispensaries

Bart Schaneman  | December 28, 2016

The clock is ticking for Oregon medical cannabis dispensaries that want to continue selling to recreational customers.

On Jan. 1, all storefronts serving the adult-use market must have a recreational marijuana business license from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Oregon officially launched recreational sales last year by allowing existing dispensaries to sell cannabis to customers …

Portland, Oregon, approves marijuana delivery services

Omar Sacirbey  | December 23, 2016

Hoping to attract smaller, new businesses to the local cannabis market, the City Council in Portland, Oregon, has approved an ordinance that creates a new class of license for delivery-only marijuana businesses.

These new marijuana delivery services would be prohibited from selling marijuana from storefront locations. They also could accept and deliver orders only …