Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Oregon recreational cannabis sales soar as prices continue to drop

Rampant overproduction in Oregon’s market for legal, recreational marijuana has produced a 50% drop in prices, according to recent estimates by state economists. The widely documented collapse has been tough on cannabis businesses such as cultivators and retailers – but a boon for consumers. “The real economic impact from recreational marijuana will come not from the […]

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Week in Review: OR cannabis firms owe the tax man, Ohio nears MMJ sales & some MI cities ban rec businesses

Oregon cannabis businesses fall behind on their tax obligations, Ohio inches closer to launching its tardy medical marijuana program, and some Michigan cities are prohibiting adult-use MJ companies. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry this week. Oregon tax crunch Oregon marijuana businesses may owe the state up to $15.7 […]

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Oregon cannabis businesses might owe $15.7 million in back state taxes

Some Oregon marijuana business owners – hit with falling prices and slim margins – are struggling to pay state taxes on their sales. According to Eugene TV station KVAL, 176 marijuana businesses owe the Oregon Department of Revenue $15.7 million in unpaid taxes. Oregon’s revenue department says at least 10 businesses owe more than $600,000 each in […]

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Medical cannabis cardholders, growers dropping off in Oregon

Medical marijuana patients and growers across Oregon are abandoning the state’s MMJ program, according to reports. Licensed medical marijuana companies are increasingly up against a combination of legislative red tape and a different kind of market force: the convenience of recreational retail sales. The number of patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) […]

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Retail cannabis license hopefuls line up before vote in rural Oregon

Would-be recreational marijuana retailers are lining up outside municipal planning offices in Ontario, Oregon, to nab retail licenses should voters repeal a ban on cannabis sales within city limits. The City Council recently voted to impose a 1,000-foot buffer on adult-use marijuana stores, which means there will be space for only about 15 establishments if […]

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Oregon authorities conduct raids of multiple illegal marijuana grows

Underlining the black-market and oversupply issues currently facing licensed cannabis businesses in Oregon, law enforcement authorities in the central region of the state say they confiscated 800 pounds of cannabis flower and 50 pounds of concentrate, which led to the discovery of illegal MJ-producing sites in the region. Police found illicit grows in Sisters, Redmond […]

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Chart: Declines in wholesale prices hammer major recreational cannabis markets

Wholesale cannabis prices in recreational markets across the United States have fallen precipitously compared to last year, while prices in major medical markets are proving more resilient. According to figures provided by Cannabis Benchmarks, a Connecticut-based provider of wholesale marijuana pricing data, wholesale cannabis prices in Oregon and Washington state are down more than 50% […]

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Judge dismisses Oregon lawsuit aimed at overturning state marijuana legalization

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Josephine County against the state of Oregon over legalized cannabis. The suit, filed in April, contended the federal law that prohibits marijuana pre-empts Oregon’s law legalizing cannabis for commercial sales. U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane earlier this week signed a formal order dismissing the lawsuit, […]

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Growers: Western marijuana prices are down amid strong harvest, despite high demand

The marijuana harvest is underway and growers in several western states are reporting a bumper crop, but it’s coming at a time when supplies already are abundant and MJ prices are falling by double-digit percentages in some markets. Growers in five states with medical and recreational cannabis markets also report that consumer demand is strong. But […]

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Oregon cannabis retailer accuses grower of theft, harassment after falling out

An Oregon marijuana retailer is seeking $3.3 million in damages in lawsuits filed against a former grower and business partner for alleged defamation, trademark infringement and online harassment. Oregrown filed the suits against Justin Crawn after a dispute between the parties over multiple crop failures, The Oregonian reported. Separate suits were filed in August and […]

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Oregon regulators revoke cannabis grow license for seed-to-sale violations

Oregon marijuana regulators canceled the license of a grower with an operation linked to a butane honey oil explosion that burned two people. According to The Bulletin, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC ) announced that High Cascade Farms in Deschutes County is having its recreational marijuana producer license canceled for 13 violations. Seven of […]

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Some outdoor marijuana growers finding success using all-natural, ‘closed-loop’ approach

There are many ways for indoor and greenhouse marijuana growers to be sustainable, but few types of grows are more environmentally friendly and inexpensive to run than an outdoor, closed-loop farm. On a closed-loop farm, everything on the premises goes back into the land. For example, plants are grown on the farm to be used in nutrient mixes, composts and pest repellents, and excrement from farm animals, say, alpacas are used in compost.

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