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Is "Cannabis Sober" Truly Sober?

Is "Cannabis Sober" Truly Sober?

Using cannabis and/or CBD may not be for everyone, but it is a legitimate choice for others
Recently, while running a backstage budtending cold brew coffee and iced tea bar at a concert, one of the artists playing asked if I could infuse the cold brew coffee with some CBD-only tincture. I was happy to oblige, even more so when she explained she had recently completed a stint in rehab, and this was her first foray since then using CBD.

U.S. Senate May Finally Take Up Federal Legalization

Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act would deschedule, decriminalize cannabis nationally
More than 50 years of federal marijuana prohibition has devastated Black and brown communities, helped militarize police forces throughout the country and made criminals out of countless millions who dared to consume a naturally occurring plant whose greatest medical downsides may include excessive Doritos consumption. If a U.S. Senate miracle happens, however, this could be the year it all ends.

The Cannabis Consumption Conundrum

Limits placed on where, how cannabis purchased and taxed here can be legally consumed is costing Oregon millions in revenue, taxes and jobs 
Summer is here! The great outdoors, longer days, vacations and engaging in social situations with others, which for many will result in frequent cannabis consumption sessions. 

New Synthetic Marijuana Restrictions Will Further Squeeze a Flagging Cannabis Industry

Producers worry regulators are overreacting
In a move that is the first of its kind in the nation, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission is restricting the sale of some artificially derived synthetic cannabinoids in the state beginning July 1. The restricted compounds - namely artificially-derived CBN - will only be sold in OLCC dispensaries, and will be required to meet some minimal requirements.

Dutchie Lays off 8% of Workforce

Company cites 'dramatic market shift,' in latest cannabis tech company cuts
Dutchie, a Bend, Ore.-based software startup that serves cannabis retailers, has laid off 8% of its workforce. GeekWire confirmed the cuts with a Dutchie spokesperson.

Craft v. Commercial

A new awareness campaign looks to help cannabis consumers identify sun-grown producers that adhere to organic cannabis farming practices
In the before times, prior to the establishment of Oregon's Adult Use recreational cannabis program, the list of things to consider when purchasing weed was fairly short, including but not limited to: "Is it, like, chronic?" "How much?" and "How late from the time my dealer says they will arrive will they actually show up?"

Lions, Tigers and Marijuana-Laced Fentanyl

The conflation of the dangers of other drugs with marijuana is hardly new
The history of cannabis is in many ways a history of the psychology of fear. The Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 weaponized white people's fear of immigrants from the southern border and Black men to outlaw cannabis.

Is Oregon Saying "See Ya" to CBN?

This July will see a change in the way Oregonians access products containing a certain cannabinoid
This July will see a change in the way Oregonians access products containing a certain cannabinoid. Here's an FAQ as to the how and why of these changes.

When Will Social Equity Matter to the OLCC?

Other states are making it possible for those prosecuted during cannabis prohibition to get licenses first. Will Oregon ever get its act together?
For would-be cannabis entrepreneurs, the "Green Rush" is over and oversupply in the illicit market dominates all marijuana-related headlines in Oregon. For all but a few lucky players in the marijuana industry, the door is largely closed until federal law changes and turns Oregon into a cannabis-exporting giant.

Is That Weed Even Legal?

A new website aims to help locals figure that out
Maybe your neighbor has a few smelly plants and you want to know if there's something you can do about it. Maybe your neighbor is a farmer who has a field of what looks like marijuana—but you're not sure how to tell whether it's hemp—which is federally legal—or the stuff people smoke to get high.

Oregon Wants Higher Taxes for Getting High

A bill to raise taxes on cannabis was on the Senate President's desk at the end of the March legislative session.
Unless you are a Medical Marijuana patient or caregiver, you have to pay a tax when purchasing cannabis, and cannabis products, in Oregon. One of the selling points of establishing regulated cannabis programs is the tax revenue, and here in the Pacific Wonderland, the state collects a tax of 17% on your purchase, and cities and counties with dispensaries may collect up to 3%, for a total of 20%, meaning that $100 bag of green truly costs $120.

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