Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Chart: Can medical marijuana programs survive in states with recreational markets?

Medical marijuana programs in states that went on to legalize adult-use cannabis are suffering.

Data from MMJ programs in Colorado, Oregon and Nevada – the only states with both an active recreational marijuana industry and a pre-existing MMJ patient database – shows patient counts steadily declining in the months and years following the launch of each state’s adult-use market.

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Growers prevail as Oregon counties seek restrictions on marijuana cultivation

The Oregon Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by county commissioners in southern Oregon, a prime marijuana-growing part of the state, to reinstate restrictions on commercial cannabis production. The appeals court’s dismissal without comment Wednesday of the Josephine County commissioners’ case marks the latest step in the struggle between growers trying to protect their businesses and […]

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Licensed Oregon marijuana business hit with federal conspiracy charges

A licensed cannabis retailer in Oregon is the target of federal conspiracy charges alleging the business used an illegal credit card scheme to bankroll its operations. It is the first high-profile case to arise from Oregon’s U.S. Attorney Billy Williams’ recent focus on illegal diversion of Oregon-grown marijuana. Williams has voiced concerns related to the state’s massive marijuana […]

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Oregon to inspect outdoor cannabis harvests in response to federal law enforcement pressure

Oregon regulators’ plan to observe and inspect the coming outdoor cannabis harvest will inconvenience many growers, but some industry watchers conclude it shouldn’t be much of an added financial burden. Here are the basics surrounding the issue: The federal government – in particular,  the U.S. attorney for Oregon – is scrutinizing Oregon’s MJ industry due […]

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Week in Review: California assails unregulated marijuana, Oregon halts licensing & Michigan’s MMJ travails

California gets federal money to combat unregulated marijuana growers, Oregon suspends its cannabis licensing process in the face of a product glut, and Michigan extends a medical MJ permitting deadline. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Federal ‘Trojan horse’? A cannabis industry insider is suspicious […]

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Oregon to suspend processing of new recreational cannabis licenses

In response to Oregon’s oversupplied recreational marijuana market and a backlog of applications, state regulators will temporarily discontinue processing new adult-use licenses effective June 15. Marijuana businesses in Oregon have experienced plummeting wholesale cannabis prices – they’ve dropped as low as $50 a pound for flower – and the move to keep new businesses from […]

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Oregon cannabis growers slashing prices amid massive oversupply

With more cannabis being grown in Oregon than sold, growers have dropped wholesale prices and some are scaling back production or getting out of the market. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission said retailers sold only 108,330 pounds of usable recreational marijuana last year, leaving 891,670 pounds in the pipeline to be stored for later sales or […]

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Week in Review: Ohio cannabis real estate woes, Missouri ballot measures & Oregon legal jitters

Ohio medical marijuana companies spend thousands on real estate while awaiting licenses, Missouri MMJ businesses eye ballot measures that would prove most business-friendly, and Oregon’s top federal prosecutor calls out the state’s excess cannabis output. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry over the past week. Waiting for Godot No […]

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Oregon’s US attorney ‘frustrated’ with state’s cannabis overproduction

The top federal prosecutor in Oregon is taking aim at the state’s overproduction of marijuana. Billy Williams, the U.S. attorney for Oregon, issued guidelines for cannabis enforcement in response to the Justice Department’s decision to rescind a key marijuana protection earlier this year, according to The Oregonian. The newspaper noted that federal prosecutors will crack down […]

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Lawsuit settled over fiery blast at Oregon marijuana extraction facility

The lawsuit filed by a construction worker who was badly burned after an explosion and fire at an Oregon marijuana extraction facility has been settled. Jacob Magley filed an $8.9 million suit in February 2017 against Jason Oei and William “Chris” West, who leased the Astoria building for growing marijuana and manufacturing butane hash oil, […]

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