Oregon cannabis firm is shuttered for interstate transport

Oregon’s cannabis regulator has suspended the license of an extraction company after its owner was caught with a van full of marijuana products in Nebraska.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission worked in conjunction with law enforcement to investigate and shutter Portland-based Rich Extracts for transporting cannabis across state lines.

The Oregonian reported the commission revoked the company’s license after “managing member” Richard Wilkinson was found with 25 pounds of cannabis shatter worth $1.1 million, sealed packages of marijuana, vials of hash oil and 3,500 marijuana seeds.

Police stopped Wilkinson in traffic near Lincoln, Nebraska, and charged him with intent to deliver, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

According to a news release, the commission had Wilkinson on its radar before the arrest.

“We want to make it clear to our licensees that if you operate ‘out of bounds’ we are going to act with certainty,” said Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

3 comments on “Oregon cannabis firm is shuttered for interstate transport
  1. Rick Fague on

    More proof that MJ businesses can’t have it both ways, they’re either legal or they’re not. And if they’re not, well, I wouldn’t want to have to go through what Mr. Wilkinson’s about to go through.

    Usually it’s only the arrest and maybe the outcome of the trial that we hear about through the media, the seizure of assets, businesses, money, property, and anything else the government can lay their hands on goes unreported. If this guy has a family, he’s just hurt them as well and that’s not only tragic but unnecessary if he kept his greed in check.

    Stories like this are a cautionary tale for the rest of the industry, now that it’s legal we all have to work just as hard to stay legal.

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    • The Fat Man on

      Thing is, it’s not legal. At all. Federal law still classifies marijuana as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. There is an illusion of legality, but if you do a little research you will see that Federal law controls and supercedes state laws.

      Imagine if a state passed a law saying it’s citizens were exempt from Federal income taxation.

      Check out the Supremacy Clause in our Constitution.

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