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Oregonians to banks: Marijuana clients are OK

How can banks in Oregon improve their reputation? Serve cannabis clients. That’s the finding of a survey by Portland-based LT Public Relations and DHM Research that suggests financial institutions could better their public standing by providing financial services to marijuana businesses. Most banks in Oregon and nationwide reject cannabis clients, arguing that it will hurt their […]

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Cannabis rule changes afoot in Portland and rest of Oregon

Marijuana businesses in Portland as well as other Oregon cities soon could see some relief with new and pending rules from city and state regulators. The Oregon Health Authority issued revised testing regulations this week that essentially require marijuana growers to go through the same tests, but with less frequency, for potency, solvents and pesticides, The […]

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Report: City’s slow license process could add to Oregon MJ woes

A new report asserts that regulators in Portland, Oregon, have been slow to approve hundreds of cannabis retail applications for licenses, a situation that could further disrupt the state’s already troubled marijuana industry. “Based on data from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement on the city of Portland’s website, it appears that only 5.4% of all […]

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Head of Oregon’s embattled testing program to retire

The head of the Oregon Environment Laboratory Accreditation Program, which is in charge of accrediting testing labs including those used for marijuana, will retire early next year because of job-related health reasons. Administrator Gary Ward said his health had deteriorated because of stress stemming from an overwhelming number of lab accreditation requests that overtaxed an […]

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Testing rules sinking Oregon marijuana sales, report shows

Marijuana sales in Oregon have been sliding since the state implemented stringent new testing rules on Oct. 1, dropping 8.5% to $29.5 million that month. The October decline marked the first time since May that the market posted sales below $30 million, according to a new report. The report, by Colorado-based BDS Analytics, shows the […]

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Oregon eases cannabis testing rules, but is it enough?

Oregon regulators have eased marijuana testing rules that retailers and other industry professionals say held up supply, forced prices upward and drove some businesses to close. But some industry professionals say the revised rules don’t address the main problem areas. Among the changes outlined Friday in two pages of revised rules – which are temporary and […]

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State warns Oregon MJ growers about unapproved pesticides

Three of Oregon’s government agencies have warned marijuana cultivators about using pesticides not approved by the state for use on cannabis crops. In a jointly signed letter addressed to “Dear Cannabis Producer,” the directors of  the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Liquor Control Commission wrote on Monday that producers can meet […]

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15 Oregon towns vote to reverse rec cannabis bans; new taxes set

Fifteen Oregon localities have voted to opt back in to allowing recreational marijuana, overturning bans on cannabis sales or MJ businesses, election results show. According to the Oregonian, voters in 60 communities considered ballot initiatives that basically asked residents to determine whether recreational or medical cannabis should be permitted. The newspaper said most cities and counties […]

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OR issues health alert for 3 cannabis strains with pesticides

Oregon has issued its second health alert for cannabis contaminated with pesticides, flagging marijuana flower being sold at three dispensaries around the state. Oregon has maintained a strict policy about pesticide use on marijuana. And, according to the Oregonian, the Oregon Health Authority has now found three strains of flower were contaminated.  Some 30 customers bought “Dutch […]

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Oregon recreational cannabis sales hit $160 million

Oregon’s emerging recreational marijuana industry surpassed $160 million in sales for 2016 at the end of September. Those numbers could be even bigger in reality, however, because the Oregon Department of Revenue is still waiting on some cannabis businesses to file quarterly tax returns from earlier in the year. An agency spokeswoman said that only […]

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