Oregon Medical Cannabis Business & Marijuana Legal News

Week in Review: Pennsylvania flower sales, Oregon’s cannabis surplus & MassRoots’ big losses

Pennsylvania’s medical cannabis dispensaries get the OK to sell flower for vaping, Oregon’s marijuana glut is hurting the state’s smaller growers, and MassRoots reveals that its losses widened to $44 million in 2017. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Positive in Pennsylvania The announcement that […]

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Oregon marijuana oversupply driving out small farmers, lowering prices

Oregon cannabis farmers grew three times the amount of product consumers purchased last year, small cultivation operations are going out of business and dispensaries across the state are closing up shop or selling out. That’s the scene that two dozen cannabis industry professionals painted of Oregon’s marijuana market, according to Willamette Week, a Portland-based alternative weekly. […]

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Marijuana companies face new regulations, oversight tied to water use

With summer looming, marijuana growers from California to Massachusetts will confront untried regulations and potentially greater enforcement of water-related rules. The development is likely to spread as more states legalize cannabis, presenting MJ growers with additional regulatory oversight and costs. State and local water officials in California – where regulators and growers are trying a […]

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Oregon tax charges highlight ongoing risk for marijuana companies

A pair of tax-related cases announced in Oregon have refocused the spotlight on the risks marijuana companies run if they’re not transparent with the Internal Revenue Service.

According to The Oregonian and The Register-Guard, a Portland dispensary co-owner has been charged with tax evasion related to at least two MJ retail shops the company runs, while a certified public accountant was also charged with tax evasion and wire fraud in connection with a cannabis cultivation venture he owns.

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Oregon county officials sue state over cannabis farms

Officials in an Oregon county who have tried to restrict commercial marijuana production sued the state in federal court, asserting state laws that made cannabis legal are pre-empted by federal law that criminalize MJ. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, escalated a long-running battle between the state and the Josephine County Board of […]

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Chart: US hemp production soars in 2017

Rising acceptance for hemp and CBD – combined with easing regulations at the state level – caused U.S. hemp production to surge in 2017. From 2016 to 2017, the number of acres licensed for hemp cultivation in the top 10 hemp-growing states grew by 140% – while the number of hemp producers doubled over the same […]

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Oregon tech firm wins Iowa’s medical cannabis seed-to-sale contract

Iowa has awarded Oregon tech company BioMauris a contract to run a seed-to-sale platform for the state’s upcoming low-THC medical marijuana program, according to a news release from the company. The contract for BioMauris’ software platform will be worth $300,000 to the company, a spokesman said. The arrangement will run for two years with Iowa having […]

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Oregon to boost law enforcement efforts against black-market cannabis

Oregon lawmakers have dedicated an extra $1.5 million to local law enforcement agencies to combat illegal cannabis businesses in poorer counties. According to The Register-Guard, the move was largely in response to a summit last month hosted in Portland by a U.S. attorney who warned that if states don’t do more to combat the illicit […]

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Week in Review: Oregon’s cannabis oversupply, marijuana job growth & hemp lawsuit

Oregon’s top prosecutor says the state’s marijuana industry has an oversupply problem, cannabis job postings are soaring, and a lawsuit targets a Vermont hemp producer. Here’s a closer look at some notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Oregon’s ‘bloody’ market Oregon U.S. Attorney Billy Williams called a meeting of key officials […]

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Oregon audit: Cannabis tracking system vulnerable to compromise

An audit of Oregon’s top marijuana regulatory agency found that the state’s marijuana tracking system lacked proper safeguards, making it easier for cannabis businesses to hide violations such as illegal sales. The findings come less than a week after Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up […]

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Stand-alone marijuana growers in vertically integrated markets seek alternate sales channels

To bolster their bottom line and maintain a solid position in the market, stand-alone marijuana cultivators in Nevada, Colorado and Oregon that don’t possess retail licenses are pushing for the right to open stores or even sell cannabis directly to customers. As recreational marijuana supply increases and wholesale prices slide accordingly, stand-alone cultivators are feeling increasingly […]

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US prosecutor: Oregon has big marijuana overproduction problem

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor said the state has a “formidable” problem with marijuana overproduction that winds up on the black market – and he wants to work with state and local leaders and the marijuana industry to do something about it. U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened an unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, […]

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