Fair and Impartial?

Fair and Impartial?

Applicants test the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners
In a March 6 business meeting, the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners once again heard an appeal of a marijuana farm land-use application. This is the first public hearing regarding an appeal of a marijuana land-use application since it was announced that the Deschutes County Farm Bureau and local industry representatives are appealing the county's 2018 "emergency" rulemaking decisions that further restricted where cannabis farms could exist.

Know Your Grow

Craft cannabis profile: Peak Extracts
Oregon's cannabis industry is in a major state of flux. Oversupply, plummeting prices and widespread consolidation are a boon for consumers—but those issues can overshadow the value of supporting Oregon "craft cannabis."

County Commissioners storm ahead with denials; LUBA showdown looms

Much like the national political climate, in which we're witnessing a loony, right-wing president drive insane policies to fights in the federal courts, our own right-wing Deschutes Board of County Commissioners may be driving our rural cannabis industry to Salem to seek a change to Deschutes County rules.

Weed Pusher; Pill Pusher

"They sell drugs in the hood but the man he move the medicine/He'll prescribe you Augmen for everything." The Roots, "Rising Down"

County Board vs. Marijuana: Axes are grinding

Rookie Deschutes County Commissioner Patti Adair, sworn in last month, got to take her first crack at blocking a marijuana grow land-use permit application during deliberations in a business meeting Jan. 30, alongside Board Chair Phil Henderson. (Commissioner Tony DeBone was not present for the deliberations.)

The Oversupply Headache

Oregon produces more cannabis than we consume, causing endless consternation for regulatory and law enforcement agencies. This oversupply has resulted in threats from the state's attorney general that authorities needed to step up their enforcement and efforts to deal with it before he does.

Lawmakers May Give OLCC Moratorium Power

Not long after the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Billy Williams, warned that overproduction and interstate marijuana trafficking would attract his prosecutorial wrath, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission halted the processing of new recreational marijuana applications. Now, the state legislature may give the OLCC permanent power to issue moratoriums on producer licenses whenever it sees fit.

Canada's Legalization, Four Months In

Let's check in again with how Canada is doing with its national legalization of cannabis, just four months in. It's the largest cannabis legalization program ever undertaken, and even though Americans do terribly in learning from other countries (or from history, or in school), perhaps we can buck that trend and take away some insight from the good folks with whom we share a border.

New Year, New Rules

No bones about it, 2018 was a rough one for the marijuana industry. Wholesale prices for marijuana plummeted and we saw the Oregon Liquor Control Commission halt new-license application processing in June, with no certainty if or when new licensees will get the chance to enter the market.

Prohibition Arguments Cannalyzed: On Mexico Smuggling

Happy 2019, everyone! Let's kick off the New Year with another installment of our series "Prohibition Arguments, Cannalyzed," in which we examine arguments used by those who are anti-cannabis.

New Year, Same Marijuana Business Frustrations

Oregon's over-supply of marijuana has been well publicized (around a million pounds of usable but unsold marijuana is being tracked by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission), and the backlog of applications with the OLCC for new producers, processors, dispensaries and wholesalers was more than 2,200 when the OLCC paused applications effective June 15, 2018.


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