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Curaleaf likely to face wrongful death lawsuit tied to mislabeling CBD products

12/20/21--Curaleaf Holdings, a vertically integrated multistate cannabis operator, is likely to face a wrongful death lawsuit, the latest in a string of lawsuits related to mislabeled products. Curaleaf is currently facing 10 lawsuits from consumers who allegedly ingested an incorrectly labeled CBD tincture that contained "undisclosed levels of THC," according to a product recall notice issued by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC). Read

State of Emergency declared for illegal marijuana growing operations

10/22/21--The Douglas County Board of Commissioners have unanimously declared a “State of Emergency” for illegal marijuana operations that are taking place locally. The move was made at Wednesday’s weekly business meeting due to what the Board said was “…the ever-increasing threat to the safety of our citizens, the environment, and our local enforcement communities regarding the overwhelming amount of illegal cannabis being produced, distributed and sold in Douglas County”. The declaration cited conditions that have resulted in the need for the local state of emergency. Read

Oregon illegal pot grows: More calls to send National Guard

10/18/21--Jackson County Commissioners asked Gov. Kate Brown to send in the Oregon National Guard “to assist, as able, in the enforcement of laws related to the production of cannabis.” They also directly appealed to Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Tina Kotek for help getting additional funding to tackle the problem due to the proliferation of industrial-scale marijuana farms getting so bad and so brazen. Read

House Bill 3000 passes Oregon Legislation to help law enforcement against illegal cannabis operations

6/27/21--On Saturday, legislature passed HB 3000, a bill that Representative Lily Morgan (R-Grants Pass) says will provide better protections for minors and communities related to more harmful hemp products that contain THC. According to Rep. Morgan, the legislation was created with input from multiple resources, including both legal growers and law enforcement to better protect communities, especially in Southern Oregon. Read

Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization experiment is now facing the hard test

6/18/21--Five months since decriminalization went into effect, the voter-mandated experiment is running into the hard realities of implementation. The promise of Measure 110 has sharply divided the recovery community, alienated some in law enforcement, and left big questions about whether the Legislature will fully fund the measure's promised expansion of care. Read

Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization experiment is now facing the hard text

6/21/21--Oregon's bold move to decriminalize small amounts of all hard drugs and expand treatment is now meeting the reality of implementation as the treatment community is divided over the way forward. Read

Measure 110 behind rise in drug-fueled crimes, benton county DA says

4/22/21--Benton County District Attorney John Haroldson believes that Measure 110, a first-of-its-kind voter-approved drug decriminalization reform that lowered possessing small amounts of drugs to a violation-level offense, is behind a recent rise in crimes that involve drug use in the county. Read

Sounding the alarm on Compass’s Interface with Oregon’s Psilocybin Therapy Program

3/13/21--A Dr. Bronner article calls out the for-profit psychedelic pharma company Compass Pathways, for their monopolistic attempts to patent a clinical setting with mood lighting, soft furniture, subdued colors and a good sound system. This was after they tried to patent psilocybin synthesis in a way that would occupy the field and prevent awesome nonprofit drug development companies like Usona and B-more, or any other entity, from producing this life-saving medicine. Read

Drug decriminalization without mandatory treatment is a flawed fix

1/19/21--Oregon is embarking on a bold new direction in drug policy by decriminalizing low-level possession of illicit drugs and focusing instead on expanding drug treatment. Where drug use is rampant and adequate treatment services are rare. Yet, this program is deeply flawed. Although individuals will no longer face criminal charges and possible imprisonment for drug possession, they will also be given a pass to avoid entering treatment if they simply don’t want to. Read

Record of cities/counties prohibiting licensed recreational marijuana facilities

1/15/21--The following cities or counties have prohibited the establishment of Licensed Recreational Marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and/or retailers. The cities or counties listed below have: Provided the OLCC with a copy of their ordinance, per Chapter 475B; Signed and returned the official “Local Option Opt‐Out” form; and, have put or will be putting the opt-out measure to a vote at the next general election (if applicable). Read

Portland marijuana farm linked to Texas scheme trafficking LSD, meth and fentanyl to college kids: feds

12/6/20--Federal prosecutors announced Friday that 13 people, including current and former University of Texas students, were charged in connection to a massive LSD, fentanyl, and methamphetamine trafficking and money laundering scheme meant to peddle drugs to college kids in the Austin metropolitan area that was supplied, in part, by a marijuana farm in Portland. Read

Letter from the American Psychiatric Association re: Measure 109

8/25/20--The American Psychiatric Association, a national medical specialty society representing more than 38,800 psychiatric physicians, as well as their patients and families, have concerns about Measure 109. If passed, Measure 109 would allow for the manufacturing, delivery, and administration of psilocybin for the treatment of mental health conditions. The organization believes it is unwise to authorize treatment that is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and oppose the proposal outlined in Measure 109. Read

VAPI anniversary: Killer chemicals still on the streets

8/4/20--One year after the first reports of VAPI, the issue of tainted vapes has not gone away. A wide variety of chemical cutting agents may contaminate vape cartridges. The overwhelming majority of them are in the illicit market, where’s there’s no testing. However, confirmed tainted vapes have popped up in legal states Michigan, and Oregon. Read

Oregon drug treatment and decriminalization measure announces 75 endorsers

8/12/20--Initiative 44 has secured the endorsements of over 75 organizations across the state that represent communities who agree that Oregon needs more access to treatment, and that it’s time to shift away from a criminal approach to drug addiction, to a more humane, effective health-based approach. Read

Oregon cannabis sales hit record high during pandemic

6/5/20--Oregonians bought a record-setting amount of cannabis last month, according to new numbers from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Cannabis sales in May increased 60% compared to the same time last year. TJ Sheehy, with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, said that for the first time ever, sales were over $100 million in one month. Read

Oregon campaigns to legalize silocybin mushrooms and decriminalize drugs team up to qualify for ballot

5/11/20--Two drug policy reform campaigns in Oregon are teaming up as they both work to collect enough signatures to qualify for the state’s November ballot. Activists behind an effort to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for therapeutic use and another to decriminalize all currently illicit drugs and expand substance misuse treatment are partnering to ensure mutual success. Read

132 pounds of marijuana found in Wisconsin man’s car, Oregon police say

4/29/20--Oregon state troopers found 132 pounds of marijuana in a 52-year-old Bryant Oglen's car. Troopers said they noticed something was amiss and searched his car and discovered dozens of vacuum-packed bags of marijuana inside two duffle bags, police said. The discovery led to the illegal export citation, and Oglen was eventually released. Read

Oregon activists collect enough signatures for drug decriminalization and treatment measure

3/5/20--Activists in Oregon have collected more than the required raw number of signatures to qualify a historic initiative to decriminalize drug possession and increase access to treatment for the state’s November ballot. The initiative, which is backed by the national organization Drug Policy Action and other reform groups, would make it so low-level possession of currently illicit drugs would be considered a civil infraction punishable by a maximum $100 fine and no jail time. Read

Oregon wholesale marijuana flower prices rise after growers exit market, some pivot to hemp

2/3/20--Oregon regulators set a low barrier of entry to grow cannabis in the state, and steady overproduction drove the market to rock-bottom lows. However, prices have begun to rebound due to a rash of growers going out of business because the market wasn’t lucrative enough, which has decreased supply. Additionally, other licensed producers have not utilized their full canopy because the market was too unfavorable, and more cannabis growers have pivoted to hemp production, seeking opportunities in the CBD market. Read

Oregon authorities won’t release the names of two cannabis stores that may have sold fatal vaping products

9/6/19--Last week, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) opened an investigation into the state's first death related to vaping. On Thursday, state health officials confirmed that the person had bought products from two licensed cannabis retailers in the state prior to falling ill. However, the OHA says they do not know what products were purchased at the stores, and they won't tell the public the names of those two stores. Read

‘This is a wake-up call’: 16 of 66 Oregon cannabis retailers failed to check ID in sting

1/10/19--Three of the 19 licensed marijuana retailers in Eugene and Springfield checked by state inspectors in December failed to adequately prevent the sale of marijuana to a minor, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says. Statewide, 16 of the 66 retailers visited by a minor volunteer working with the state failed to compliance check. Read

Marijuana pesticide contamination worries Oregon farmers

12/10/18--Due to Oregon’s pesticide testing regime for marijuana and its high value, growers of more conventional crops worry about getting blamed for contamination that renders the mind-altering flowers unsalable. County representatives of the Oregon Farm Bureau voted to request that its board of directors consider possible solutions with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, which is one of several state agencies involved in regulating the recreational marijuana since voters legalized it in 2014. Read

Medical cannabis cardholders, growers dropping off in Oregon

11/5/18--Medical marijuana patients and growers across Oregon are abandoning the state’s MMJ program, according to reports. The number of patients registered with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is reportedly half of what it was a year ago. Statewide, registered patients dropped 41%, from 59,137 to 34,892. Read

Marijuana use among pregnant women is rising, and so are concerns

9/11/18--Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are using marijuana in increasing numbers. A 2017 JAMA study described both survey results and urine tests of nearly 280,000 pregnant women in Northern California, where marijuana for medical use was legalized in 1996. The study showed that in 2009, about 4 percent of the women tested used marijuana. In 2016, about 7 percent of women did. Those California numbers may be even higher now, since recreational marijuana became legal there this year. Read

Push to legalize marijuana consumption spaces in Oregon kicks off

8/26/28--An Oregon lawmaker is preparing a renewed push to legalize marijuana consumption lounges—and, if going through the state legislature doesn’t work, a coalition of cannabis businesses and advocates says they are prepared to go to the ballot. Read

Oregon slashes daily purchase limits for medical cannabis patients

8/27/18--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 Program cardholders to 1 ounce of cannabis per day, down from the previous limit of 24 ounces per day. Read

What we’ve learned from three years of legal marijuana

7/2/18--For the July 1 anniversary of when it became legal to grow and possess marijuana, The Oregonian/OregonLive interviewed a range of people who have seen its effects. In short, according to surveys, adult marijuana use is up measurably. Still, the latest data show the overwhelming majority of Oregon adults didn't touch marijuana in the past month. Whereas, teen usage has changed little, surveys show, although public health officials caution that it's too soon to judge legalization's lasting social and health impacts. Furthermore, black market sales, concerns about potency, and worries about big companies edging out local producers are universal for supporters and critics of the industry. Read

Oregon lawmakers target black market marijuana by boosting beleaguered law enforcement agencies

3/6/18--Oregon legislators want to bust the state’s marijuana black market by giving money to counties with big illegal pot production and little law enforcement. In the recently ended legislative session, state lawmakers approved a bill that will dedicate $1.5 million a year to help local authorities crack down on the illegal mari­juana trade. Read

US prosecutor: Oregon has big pot overproduction problem

2/2/18--U.S. Attorney Billy Williams convened an unprecedented summit of influential federal law enforcement representatives, state officials, and marijuana industry scions after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew an Obama administration memo that had guided states with legalized weed on how to avoid federal scrutiny. Read

Blumenauer blasts Oregon U.S. Attorney on pot stance

1/12/18--U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, Oregon's leading marijuana advocate in Congress, took exception to a Friday opinion piece penned by Billy Williams, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. The rebuke came in response to Williams voicing a range of concerns about marijuana production, sales, and black marketing in Oregon. Read

Multiple marijuana shops across Oregon sell to minors during compliance operation

1/10/18--The Oregon Liquor Control Commission conducted a decoy operation in December to see if marijuana licensees were complying with state laws and OLCC regulations with regard to minors. In the Portland area, inspectors visited seven licensed marijuana shops and four failed a check for prohibiting sales to a minor volunteer. Five of 23 shops tested in the Keizer-Salem area failed, according to the OLCC. Read

Portland leaders denounce federal stance on marijuana in letter to Oregon’s top prosecutor

1/11/18--All five Portland city commissioners sent a letter Monday to U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams, opposing the U.S. Department of Justice's reversal of the Obama administration's hands-off approach to the legal marijuana market in Oregon and other states. Read

OLCC finds Portland marijuana shops selling to minors: ‘These results are unacceptable’

1/10/18--State inspectors checked seven Portland marijuana retail shops in late December, and they say four failed to adequately stop the sale of cannabis to a minor. Sale of marijuana products to anyone under the age of 21 is a violation that for a first offense could result in a 10 to 30 day license suspension, or a fine of $1650, depending on whether or not the sale is intentional. Read

Oregon sees spike in teens poisoned by marijuana

12/19/17--The number of teens poisoned by marijuana spiked last year in Oregon. About 70 adolescents between ages 13 and 19 sought treatment in an emergency room or called the Oregon Poison Center over symptoms such as anxiety, agitation, and hallucinations. That compares with 40 the year before. Read

Medical and Recreational Marijuana Company Kaya Holdings, Inc. responds to President Trump’s call for war on opioid epidemic

11/27/17--Kaya Holdings, Inc. announced that it will be holding talks with Oregon state and local law enforcement authorities and compliance officials to launch “Kaya Cares,” a Cannabis-for-Opioids swap program whereby people dependent on opioids and wishing to explore cannabis as a safe alternative can exchange their prescription opioids for cannabis products at no cost. “We decided to step up and do our part after President Trump announced the war on the opioid epidemic,” commented Kaya Holdings CEO Craig Frank. Read

Oregon marijuana growers face lawsuit from vineyard owner over crop’s smell

11/24/17--Yamhill County Judge John Collins has denied a motion to dismiss a complaint filed by a vineyard owner against aspiring marijuana growers. The vineyard owner, Momtazi Family LLC, claims marijuana odors would damage wine grapes with “foul-smelling particles.” Judge Collins said the right-to-farm law doesn’t provide the growers with blanket immunity, but can be used as a defense later in the case. Read

MN man arrested with 201 lbs of marijuana in Oregon

10/26/17--Pandy Hout of Minnesota was arrested in Oregon after 201 pounds of marijuana were found in the car he was driving. He has been charged with three felony counts including carrying more than 16 pounds over state lines, possession of marijuana over eight pounds, and unlawful delivery of marijuana. Read

Oregon begins distributing nearly $85 million marijuana tax revenue

10/7/17--The state of Oregon has started to distribute tax dollars collected from legal marijuana sales totaling nearly $85 million. The reason money is now finally being distributed is because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the state agency that governs legal marijuana, had to reimburse the administrative costs associated with setting up the program. The OLCC took out a loan for $13 million to cover initial administrative costs, according to agency spokesman Mark Pettinger. Read

Dunes City votes to ban future marijuana grows, keep existing ones

9/13/17--Dunes City Council voted unanimously to temporarily ban any future medical grow sites in the city but allow existing grow operations to remain. Ordinance 245, originally proposed in August, would have banned all processing sites, producers, dispensaries, processors, and wholesalers from opening within city limits, including those facilities which are currently being built. But, Councilor Robert Orr moved for an amendment to the ordinance, stating that existing operations should be allowed to stay. Read

State issues new plant limits for medical marijuana

9/1/17--Oregon public health officials drafted new rules for how many plants medical marijuana cardholders may grow at home or at a grow site registered with the state. The regulations are the result of legislation passed this year to tackle the flow of medical marijuana into the black market. Read

Oregon ER doctor arrested in raid, accused of making cannabis oils illegally

9/1/17--An Oregon county narcotics enforcement unit arrested emergency room doctor, Mark Craig, and five other people while conducting raids on two houses. The doctor is accused of turning marijuana into an oil form, which makes the plant much more potent. Rose faces two counts of manufacturing marijuana items, two counts of delivery of marijuana, and two counts of possession of more than 4 ounces (113 grams) of marijuana. Marijuana is legal in Oregon, but it is not legal to turn the plant into oil without a license. Authorities say the suspects also had more marijuana than state law allows. Read

Vacaville moves forward with marijuana regulations

8/23/17--After hearing a small group of speakers for and against marijuana, Vacaville city council members expressed ideas for what they want to see in marijuana-related land-use ordinances and regulations. The council told staff to come forward with a new moratorium on marijuana sales or cultivation in town as quickly as possible to give city staff time to research and come up with marijuana regulations later this fall. Read

Hash oil explosion caused North Portland house fire, killing two people

7/27/17--A hash oil explosion was the cause of a fire that destroyed a North Portland home and killed two people. The explosion occurred when a large concentration of butane came into contact with an ignition source. The concentration of butane was created by the homeowner while he was attempting to produce butane hash oil. Read

Marijuana venture working to overturn Creswell’s pot ban

7/22/17--One Gro, a business venture led by Eugene attorney Mike Arnold, has a patent pending on an inhaler that dispenses THC, and they hope to market in all states with legal recreational or medical marijuana. And they’re building an online marketplace to facilitate sales between legal pot growers and marijuana retailers, or dispensaries, in Oregon and California. But first, company officials must convince Cres­well residents to reverse themselves on a marijuana retail business ban.

Marijuana industry sees growth two years after recreational legalization

7/1/17--Two years following the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon, shop owners and workers believe the industry is heading in the right direction, even with restrictions from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Read

Tiny Sumpter, Oregon, becomes unwilling marijuana mecca

6/17/17--The tiny town of Sumpter is one of only two places where people can buy recreational marijuana within a 200-mile radius in eastern Oregon. However, unlike the small town of Huntington, which embraced recreational dispensaries for their economic potential, Sumpter became a cannabis haven accidentally, and, many in town seemingly say, unwillingly. Read

Contaminated marijuana still reaching consumers in Oregon

6/17/17--Nine months after Oregon issued the toughest rules in the nation to keep pesticide-tainted marijuana off store shelves, the state acknowledges that some contaminated products continue to reach consumers. Oregon wrote its own rules to crack down on pesticides in cannabis production. But it has faced a backlash from parts of the state's nearly $320 million industry over the expense and inefficiency of the requirements and the inconsistency of the results. Read

The surprising effect of marijuana legalization on college students

6/16/17--The Atlantic reports that a new study in the journal Addiction finds that, after legalization, the use of marijuana among students at an Oregon college increased relative to that of students in states where the drug is still illegal. But, the rise was mainly seen among those students who had also reported drinking heavily recently. The Oregon students who binge drank were 73 percent more likely to also report using marijuana, compared to binge-drinking students in states that didn’t legalize marijuana. Read

Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds

6/14/17--Oregon State University researchers compared marijuana usage among college students before and after legalization and found that usage increased at several colleges and universities across the nation, but it increased more at Oregon State University. None of the universities were identified in the study. Read

Wine and cannabis? Oregon vineyards give marijuana farming a try

5/25/17--In Oregon, a handful of winemakers are experimenting with cannabis in hopes of increasing their appeal among young consumers and in niche markets. Some vineyards are trading in grapes for marijuana plants or leasing land to private growers. Others are talking about wine-and-weed tourism. Yet, marijuana is still federally illegal, and wineries must keep their wine and weed businesses separate or risk losing a federal permit that allows them to bottle and sell wine. Read

Marijuana grow fire damages house in Sweet Home

5/13/17--A marijuana grow operation went up in smoke Saturday night, damaging the second story of a home at 40812 Highway 228 and summoning both Sweet Home and Lebanon fire crews. There were no injuries, and the fire did minor damage to the roof, with extensive smoke damage to the interior, according to Sweet Home Fire District incident commander Zach Lincoln. Read

Tigard doctors educating medical cannabis users through chatbot

5/12/17--ABBI is a new cannabis chatbot developed by digital marketing professional Rick Bakas as an extension of his California-based website WeedHorn—a media and education resource for medical cannabis users. Bakas designed ABBI so that patients can determine their medical condition rather than guessing what it may be. It can be accessed through Facebook Messenger to connect with its 1.3 billion daily users. Read

Inside the high-tech labs that make sure your legal marijuana is safe

5/6/17--When marijuana legalization came, so did regulation. In order to be sold through the proper legal channels, marijuana needs to be tested for potency, pesticides, and a variety of other things depending on what state you happened to be in. Testing labs quickly sprang up to fill the need. Nowadays, there are hundreds of them scattered across the country, mostly in states where both medical and recreational marijuana use has been legalized. Read

Oregon pot tax collections – tens of millions of dollars – are sitting in limbo

5/8/17--Tax money collected from Oregon’s legal marijuana sales brought in almost $75 million in tax revenue since 2016. However, none of that tax revenue has been distributed to its intended recipients, like schools and police agencies due to a quirk in the state law that governs legal marijuana. Read

Oregon vineyard owners sue to halt nearby cannabis cultivation

4/21/17--Oregon vineyard owners in the heart of the state’s wine region filed a lawsuit asking a judge to ban a neighbor from cultivating marijuana, complaining that the smell of cannabis could drift over and taint their grapes. The winemakers’ lawsuit claims the marijuana farmer’s outdoor grow could jeopardize the Momtazi’s Demeter Biodynamic certification, which recognizes the vineyard for organic farming. Read

Oregon marijuana testing still controversial

4/24/17--In balancing consumer safety with the needs of the burgeoning cannabis industry, Oregon is still trying to figure out what makes most sense in setting its own marijuana testing policy, and no political change is without controversy. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) recently suggested a significant overhaul in cannabis testing rules in an attempt to address problems with the current set of procedures. Read

Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials

4/10/17--Oregon state lawmakers who fear heightened marijuana enforcement by federal agents overwhelmingly approved a proposal to protect pot users from having their identities or cannabis-buying habits from being divulged by marijuana shops.

Couple caught in Wyoming with 48 pounds of Oregon marijuana

3/24/17--Michael Ellet and Monica Milliner from Marion, Indiana, were arrested in possession of 48 pounds of marijuana purchased in Oregon with plans to sell it in Indiana. Each face charges of felony possession of marijuana, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and conspiracy to deliver marijuana. Read

Small Oregon credit union offers banking to marijuana businesses

2/17/17--The federal ban on marijuana means banking is a big problem for marijuana businesses, but now MAPS Credit Union in Willamette Valley is opening accounts for them. Account holders are extensively vetted, including a visit to their business, to make sure they’re not doing anything illegal. The credit union has opened more than 100 accounts. Read

Cannabis clubs could be coming

2/16/17--Senate Bill 307 in the Oregon Legislature, if passed, would permit marijuana consumption at special events and in licensed lounges. It would create a cannabis lounge license for clubs where patrons may consume marijuana, with restrictions. The same bill would create a license for temporary events at which marijuana may be consumed. Read