Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Oregon medical marijuana operator sentenced seven months for federal tax crimes

A part-owner and operator of two medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon was sentenced to seven months in prison Monday, marking what a prosecutor called the country’s first federal sentencing of a legal MJ business owner for tax crimes. Matthew Price also was ordered to pay $262,776 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service during sentencing […]

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OR county gets grant to battle marijuana growers harvesting more than license limits

An Oregon county’s sheriff’s office will use state grant money to go after legal growers that harvest more than their license allows as well as black market marijuana producers. The nearly $600,000 grant from a new program will pay for three detectives, one crime analyst and a part-time prosecutor in Jackson County, the Mail Tribune […]

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Week in Review: Long wait for Oregon rec cannabis permits, OK docs told no MMJ & New Jersey deluged by applicants

New recreational cannabis applicants in Oregon have to wait at least a year for a license, many Oklahoma doctors are told not to recommend medical marijuana, and New Jersey receives a flood of applications for MMJ licenses. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the cannabis industry this week. Oregon preps for license […]

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Judge: Oregon county’s lawsuit against state cannabis law should be dismissed

A federal lawsuit filed by a southern Oregon county with a large number of cannabis growers looks likely to fail after a magistrate judge recommended the case be tossed out. Josephine County’s lawsuit argues that the state’s cannabis industry is preempted by the federal government’s prohibition on marijuana, the Portland Business Journal reported. But Judge Mark D. […]

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Oregon marijuana firm lands $12.5M from Canada’s Tidal Royalty to fund expansion

Oregon-based Diem Cannabis is poised to enter a new market after landing upwards of $12.5 million in financing from Toronto-based Tidal Royalty Corp. The capital will be used over the next three years to develop and operate a large-scale cultivation and processing facility and up to four dispensaries, all in Massachusetts, the firms announced in […]

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New Oregon recreational marijuana applicants must wait a year-plus for approval

New applicants seeking entry into Oregon’s recreational marijuana market are going to have to wait at least a year before getting licenses, according to the state’s cannabis czar. The delays could prove costly for new applicants who’ve already rented facilities in anticipation of getting a business license. Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor […]

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Oregon unlicensed cannabis trafficking schemes prompt six arrests

Federal prosecutors in Oregon announced charges against six people involved in two “vast” interstate trafficking operations that delivered marijuana to Texas, Virginia and Florida. “These cases provide clear evidence of what I have repeatedly raised concerns over: Oregon’s marijuana industry is attracting organized criminal networks looking to capitalize on the state’s relaxed regulatory environment,” U.S. […]

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Oregon probes two dispensaries for selling large quantities of medical marijuana

Oregon regulators said they are investigating two retailers that account for more than 33% of all individual sales totaling 8 ounces or more of medical cannabis. Willamette Week reported that the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is investigating the dispensaries, which the agency declined to identify. They are located in Multnomah County, which includes Portland. The disclosure […]

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Oregon group aims to return cannabis retailer’s charitable donation

An Oregon group is looking to return a $25,000 donation given to a youth water park project because it’s from a recreational marijuana business, underscoring the difficulties marijuana companies can face when it comes to charitable giving. Hotbox Farms, a marijuana retailer in Huntington, Oregon, made the donation to Friends of the Aquatic Center in […]

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Oregon slashes daily purchase limits for medical cannabis patients

In a bid to stem the flow of marijuana product to the black market, Oregon regulators have ordered a steep cut over the next six months in the amount of cannabis that medical MJ patients can buy on a daily basis. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) last Thursday reduced purchasing limits for Medical Marijuana […]

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Oregon county seeks state financial help to curb illegal cannabis firms

A county sheriff in southwest Oregon is asking for money from the state to investigate illegal marijuana operations, saying his department lacks the resources to do so. Any closure of illegal operators could benefit licensed MJ businesses, which often are undercut by such enterprises. Shutting down illegal cultivators also would reduce supplies. Josephine County Sheriff […]

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