Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Oregon’s marijuana regulatory agency faces state audit

Omar Sacirbey  | September 19, 2017

The Oregon Secretary of State plans to audit the state’s recreational marijuana regulatory agency and how the program enforces cannabis rules.

According to The Oregonian, the audit announcement precedes a Tuesday visit to Oregon by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who wrote to Gov. Kate Brown this summer expressing concerns …

Congressmen question DOJ’s decision to halt cannabis research

Bart Schaneman  | August 25, 2017

A group of congressmen from states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions challenging the Department of Justice’s move to stop researching cannabis.

According to the Denver Post, Reps. Jared Polis, D-Colorado; Matt Gaetz, R-Florida; Dana Rohrabacher, R-California; and Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, cited a …

Two states rebut AG Sessions’ critiques of their cannabis laws

John Schroyer  | August 17, 2017

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a former Republican, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more …

Week in Review: Nevada marijuana promotions, MMJ banking in Florida & Sessions’ letters

Bart Schaneman  | August 11, 2017

By Bart Schaneman and Omar Sacirbey

A Nevada regulator threatens crackdowns on marijuana promotions, a bank in Florida is openly working with MMJ businesses, and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions writes letters to governors of three recreational cannabis states.

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

Week in Review: Massachusetts rec logjam, Pennsylvania MMJ grower licensees & Oregon testing woes

Bart Schaneman  | June 23, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, Bart Schaneman and John Schroyer

Massachusetts lawmakers propose an overhaul to a voter-approved measure to legalize recreational cannabis, Pennsylvania awards 12 medical marijuana cultivation licenses, and Oregon continues to have MJ testing issues.

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

Report: Contaminated cannabis still passing Oregon tests

Bart Schaneman  | June 19, 2017

Despite strict efforts by Oregon regulators to keep pesticide-tainted marijuana from reaching store shelves, some contaminated cannabis is still slipping past the state’s testing labs.

The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper, recently conducted a study to determine the success of Oregon’s testing program in halting the sale of tainted marijuana.

The newspaper …

Cannabis organizations merge to create certification group

Bart Schaneman  | June 7, 2017

The Organic Cannabis Association and the Ethical Cannabis Alliance have merged into a new organization: the Cannabis Certification Council.

According to a news release, the council’s mission will be to independently certify cannabis products as organic and “fairly produced.” The new organization will issue seals that businesses can use to market products.

The Organic Cannabis …

Week in Review: WV process begins, Oregon medical cannabis lifeline & possible Florida license increase

John Schroyer  | May 26, 2017

By Omar Sacirbey, John Schroyer and Bart Schaneman

West Virginia starts developing a medical marijuana blueprint, Oregon’s MMJ industry may get a shot in the arm, and Florida could issue more business licenses under its existing CBD-focused program.

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