Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

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 …

Cannabis rule changes afoot in Portland and rest of Oregon

Omar Sacirbey  | December 16, 2016

Marijuana businesses in Portland as well as other Oregon cities soon could see some relief with new and pending rules from city and state regulators.

The Oregon Health Authority issued revised testing regulations this week that essentially require marijuana growers to go through the same tests, but with less frequency, for potency, solvents and …

Report: City’s slow license process could add to Oregon MJ woes

Omar Sacirbey  | December 14, 2016

A new report asserts that regulators in Portland, Oregon, have been slow to approve hundreds of cannabis retail applications for licenses, a situation that could further disrupt the state’s already troubled marijuana industry.

“Based on data from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement on the city of Portland’s website, it appears that only 5.4% …

Head of Oregon’s embattled testing program to retire

Omar Sacirbey  | December 12, 2016

The head of the Oregon Environment Laboratory Accreditation Program, which is in charge of accrediting testing labs including those used for marijuana, will retire early next year because of job-related health reasons.

Administrator Gary Ward said his health had deteriorated because of stress stemming from an overwhelming number of lab accreditation requests that …

Week in Review: New life in Montana, rule tweaks in Oregon & obstacles in New England

Bart Schaneman  | December 9, 2016

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey 

Montana’s medical marijuana industry is reactivated, Oregon adjusts its testing regulations, and New England’s adult-use industry encounters obstacles.

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

Testing rules sinking Oregon marijuana sales, report shows

Omar Sacirbey  | December 8, 2016

Marijuana sales in Oregon have been sliding since the state implemented stringent new testing rules on Oct. 1, dropping 8.5% to $29.5 million that month.

The October decline marked the first time since May that the market posted sales below $30 million, according to a new report.

The report, by Colorado-based BDS Analytics, …

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.