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Oregon votes in November on legalizing it!

Discussion in 'Cannabis News and Activism' started by gangababa, Jul 22, 2014.

  1. little maggie

    little maggie Well-Known Member

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    I don't see any reason to go to Washington. And I don't understand why you think Oregon has become more restricted. Dispensaries vary but some carry quite a variety of flowers. I mainly use 2 dispensaries that have enough variety (about 20-30 strains) but less than some others and are very high quality. I also live in Portland itself so that within a mile of where I live there are 10 or more dispensaries. I know nothing about concentrates but when I look at menus on leafly most places seem to carry a range of concentrates. Some have more concentrates than flowers.

    You can also buy up to an ounce a day if you are a rec user. It used to be only a few grams max a day.

    And if you're going to wander around in the country you might want to grab a chocolate bar. I got one at the dispensary that was delicious and the effect was fairly mild and lasted for hours. There were others for sale that were more potent.
     
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  2. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    Company hopes to build pot-friendly RV park in Oregon - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen | - KXXV.com
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    If the project moves forward, the company hopes to expand with campgrounds in other marijuana-friendly states. The RV parks would include tent camping and a pot dispensary, he said. The company already has a ...

    State parks don't generally allows cannabis. We use our RV so I use it anyway. A vaporizer makes things easy.
     
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  3. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Marijuana home delivery starts in Oregon

    Oregon is rolling out another first in the recreational marijuana industry: Customers may now order pot from licensed retailers and have it delivered to their homes.

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission had granted delivery permits to 117 retailers across Oregon, including 13 in Portland, last year but postponed their permission until last month.
     
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  4. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    I think home delivery is essential especially where there are large areas where cannabis isn't being sold. Just look at the weed map and you'll see there are conservative areas of WA state and Oregon where cannabis isn't being sold. That leaves the medical patient without any medicine. It's difficult for sick people to travel.

    WA state has a bill in the legislature that will allow delivery service. I'm calling my lawmakers in support of that bill. WA state citizens call your lawmakers in support of delivery services for cannabis.

    I know that the reason for this is for tourism in Seattle but I'm thinking about the medical patient that's been left out of the recreational switch since last July 1.

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    Hopefully not too expensive for those on limited income.
    Also I might add there are counties and towns that don't allow the sale of cannabis. Those areas need to allow the delivery service to deliver to the customers. People have voted for cannabis. Their votes need to be honored.
     
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  5. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    February 13, 2017
    The state's recreational and medical programs have been under two separate agencies since voters fully legalized cannabis with Measure 91 in 2014.


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    PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Oregon legislators are considering consolidating regulation of the state's medical and recreational marijuana programs.

    State legislators are moving toward consolidating the state's medical and recreational marijuana industries into one regulatory system.


    The co-chairwomen of the Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation have dropped several bills that would move regulation of medical marijuana from the Oregon Health Authority to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the regulatory agency for recreational sales of the drug. Another proposal would establish a separate agency specifically for cannabis regulation.

    OHA has regulated the medical marijuana program since it was created through Ballot Measure 67 in 1998. When voters legalized recreational cannabis use with Measure 91 in 2014, regulation of the new program was assigned to the liquor commission, while the health authority retained its oversight of the medical program.

    Health authority officials from the beginning were reluctant overseers, said Tom Burns, a marijuana policy consultant and former health authority administrator.

    The Oregon Health Authority's tardy and ill-conceived rollout of rules and dedication of resources to the program was an "unmitigated disaster," Burns said.

    In time, it became apparent that two separate systems made little or no sense because of OHA's disinterest in regulating the program, he said.

    "The medical suppliers, growers and patients said let us get it out of OHA to somebody who does want it and will work with us to make a program that works for us," Burns said.

    But that sentiment may not permeate the entire medical marijuana industry and its patients, said Rep. Carl Willson, R-Grants Pass, a member of the legislative marijuana regulation committee.

    "I think we all realize that there is a big push to have everybody under OLCC," said Wilson, whose district covers the marijuana-fertile lands of Southern Oregon.

    Part of the idea of splitting up regulation was to keep medical costs down for patients. OLCC instituted much more strict and expensive regulations to report and track product, while OHA's system relied largely on self-reporting. OHA also charges lower fees for registration and licensing.

    "A lot of people have griped about OMMP (the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program) and OHA over time, but as they look at OLCC, they are starting to fall in love with OHA and OMMP again," Wilson said.

    Their hesitation in embracing the OLCC stems largely from the higher cost of producing marijuana in the recreational system, where fees are higher for almost everything and regulation is more onerous.

    Wilson said he would support consolidation if lower fees were charged medical growers and suppliers and if medical growers could sell into the recreational market, which they are now prohibited from doing.

    Andre Ourso, manager of OHA's medical marijuana program, said OHA has had its "hands full" regulating the program.

    "It's definitely taken its share of criticism, and in some cases, rightfully so," Ourso said. "But overall I think we've done a very good job in handling the duties that have been handed down to us."

    Nevertheless, OHA officials see the sense in consolidating the marijuana programs.

    "We can see that for bureaucratic efficiency's sake, there really shouldn't be two parallel regulatory systems, but there is still going to be a necessity for patients to have a program to be in," Ourso said.

    For example, patients don't have to pay taxes when they purchase medical marijuana. They have access to higher concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, the active ingredient in cannabis, and they can buy more of it.

    "I do think there is a place for the registry program within the state of Oregon," Ourso said. "It's up … this Legislature to determine exactly how that would be shaped."
     
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  6. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Yes to these comments. Right now I have one foot in the OMMP and one foot . . . elsewhere. I have access to the highest quality outdoor you can find and to some of the best genetics. In fact some of the strains developed here are sold in Europe and my Rembrandt continues to develop new strains which I get to test sometimes. All of my medicine is free and my yearly allotment is measured in pounds. I shudder to think what I would have to spend if I actually had to buy my medicine from the system.
     
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  7. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

    Feb 21, 2017
    SALEM — Representatives from the marijuana industry, patient advocates and regulators have agreed on a plan for consolidating recreational and medical marijuana regulation under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

    "I think Oregonians like to take care of each other as best they can and I think system we have proposed today will allow them to do that," said Rob Patridge, chairman of the liquor control commission.

    The Oregon Health Authority has regulated the medical marijuana program since it was created through Ballot Measure 67 in 1998. When voters legalized recreational cannabis use with Measure 91 in 2014, regulation of the new program was assigned to the liquor commission, while the health authority retained its oversight of the medical program.

    People within both industries, lawmakers and regulators started last year discussing consolidating the programs in order to achieve efficiencies in cost and simplification in regulation. The Legislature's Joint Committee on Marijuana Regulation assembled a 15-member work group to craft the restructuring plan.

    Lawmakers on the committee asked the work group to find ways to keep medical marijuana affordable, even free, for patients.

    Under the agreement, the liquor commission would regulate marijuana with its existing five-member commission, with two additional non-voting members — one representing the alcohol industry and the other speaking for the marijuana industry. Commissioners would continue to represent congressional districts in the state. In addition, the agency would have an alcohol advisory committee and a marijuana advisory committee.

    A board for the medical use of cannabis would be formed at the health authority to advise the commission. The health authority also would maintain responsibility for issuing medical marijuana cards to patients.

    Medical growers and processors could enter the liquor control's regulatory system without paying the agency's typical $1,000 licensing fee and without the $480 in annual fees for the agency's marijuana tracking system by giving away 75 percent of their product to medical patients and paying a $200 fee. The growers could then sell the other 25 percent into the recreational market, Patridge said.

    The fee waivers to medical growers would cost about $8.9 million every two years, if all 9,000 medical marijuana processors took that option, Patridge said.

    Medical marijuana cardholders would still be allowed to grow marijuana for themselves and other patients without entering the liquor control regulatory system.

    "They can still have that relationship where growers can give for free," Patridge said. "It would provide more access to varying strains because growers can give to a variety of patients, not just their own cardholders."

    Commercial growers also would be incentivized to contribute to the medical supply with a 10 percent increase in their allowed cannabis grow canopy size, he said.

    The consolidation would take more than two years, liquor control commission officials said.

    It's now up to lawmakers to decide whether the plan will move forward.

    Paris Achen

    Giving away 75% to patients and sell 25% to recreational? ? How do producers stay in business? Am I missing something? Maybe only small grows would be interested in this concept? I can't imagine a large cannabis producer wanting to participate. In WA we just have large commercial cannabis (farms) producers.
    CK
     
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  8. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Free weed rulez . . . :peace:
     
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  9. macbill

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    OLCC Issue Product Recall

    The Oregon Liquor Control Commission said Saturday is issuing an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residue on retail plant material produced from marijuana cultivated by Emerald Wave Estate, LLC

    The affected marijuana failed a pesticide test for pyrethrins exceeding the Oregon Health Authority action level for this class of pesticide.
     
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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Oregon defends legal marijuana market to feds

    High-level state officials met recently with the U.S. attorney for Oregon to defend the state's efforts to regulate marijuana in a state notorious for black market trafficking.

    The session, disclosed publicly Monday, took place as the Trump administration re-examines the federal government's approach to marijuana enforcement.
     
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    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    1DMF Old School Cheesy Quaver

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  14. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Washington Post:
    "First-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face less jail time and smaller fines under a new bill approved by the Oregon legislature that aims to curb mass incarceration.
    The Oregon legislature passed a bill late last week that reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, reducing the punishments and expanding access to drug treatment for people without prior felonies or convictions for drug possession."
     
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  15. grokit

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    So they decide that people that have 'convictions for drug possession' shouldn't have 'expanded access to treatment'. Fucking brilliant (/s). The dynamic here seems to be two steps forward, and one step back.

    :sherlock:
     
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  16. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Oregon begins distributing nearly $85M marijuana tax revenue
    The state has started to distribute tax dollars collected from legal pot sales. And it totals 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.
     
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  17. little maggie

    little maggie Well-Known Member

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    This is not really news or activism so maybe this is the wrong place. But it's about cannabis and Oregon. A good friend of mine just got hired for a new job in a major company. They required him to have drug testing first so before he quit his federal job he told them that THC would come up in the testing. Apparently the company went up the administrative hierarchy to see if they could still hire him. He starts in 3 weeks.
     
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  18. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Oregon marijuana racketeering lawsuit settled

    Rural landowners in Oregon have settled a lawsuit filed that accused their marijuana-growing neighbors of violating federal anti-racketeering law and reducing property values.

    However, the question of whether Oregon marijuana growers can be successfully sued under the Rackeeter Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) may still be answered, as a similar lawsuit was recently filed against another cannabis operation.
     
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  19. OldNewbie

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    I posted about the RICO problem and private lawsuits a bit ago. While I'm glad there was a settlement here, I'm not sure such lawsuits won't be successful as a general rule unless Congress changes the laws.

    There is no "memo" fix for this problem because the prosecutors are just people who claim to be hurt by the growers.
     
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  20. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Oh-oh:
    Oregon's top prosecutor convenes marijuana summit


    Oregon's top federal prosecutor will hold a marijuana summit Friday to hear how the state, law enforcement, tribal and industry leaders plan to address a pot surplus that he says has wound up on the black market in other states and is fueling crime.

    U.S. Attorney Billy Williams laid out his plans for the unprecedented event in a recent newspaper column , saying Oregon has a "massive marijuana overproduction problem" that is attracting cartels and criminal networks and sparking money laundering, violence and environmental woes.
     
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    Price of marijuana in Oregon plummets as the number of recreational pot growers explodes
    The retail and wholesale prices of pot in Oregon are falling with the proliferation of producers and recreational marijuana shops, according to an analysis by a state economist. “The biggest thing is just competition,” said Josh Lehner, an economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis in Salem. “As we get more stores, as we get more growers, (as we get) more processors, it becomes a price competition. Prices start to fall, particularly when supply is outpacing demand or supply is ramping up faster than demand is growing.

    Pot prices in Oregon are falling up to 20 percent a year, Lehner said. And he expects the prices to continue to drop.
     
  22. macbill

    macbill Gregarious Misanthrope

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    Oregon Coast high on marijuana sales

    With their lower populations and higher rates of tourism, North Coast counties sold some of the most marijuana per capita in Oregon last year.
     
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  23. t-dub

    t-dub Vapor Sloth

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    Yeah the supply right now is unbelievable. OLCC estimates that all users, both rec and medical, need about 140,000 lbs per year to satisfy demand. I think that figure is low, however, last year Oregon growers produced a million pounds. We are seeing attrition in dispensaries starting now as some are going out of business. Some dispensaries are looking to vertically integrate into the market starting extraction projects and opening kitchens if zoned properly. These are the only ones that have a good chance to survive. Others are moving into legal hemp production but right now we don't have enough companies making lots of textiles or building materials or pure CBD isolate. This will change but it will take time.
     
  24. CarolKing

    CarolKing Singer of songs and a vapor connoisseur

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    Great news Carol, thanks for sharing!
     
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