• Federal Omnibus Funding Bill Retains Medical Marijuana Protections
    March 22, 2018 – The federal spending bill that is currently being considered by Congress, and which must pass by The post Federal Omnibus Funding Bill Retains Medical Marijuana Protections appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Josephine County Oregon Invites Federal Intervention on Marijuana Grows
    March 22, 2018 – The Commissioners of Josephine County Oregon decided, with advice from the county counsel Wally Hicks, have The post Josephine County Oregon Invites Federal Intervention on Marijuana Grows appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Connecticut Wine Makers Fear Legal Cannabis Could Reduce Sales
    The Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association submitted testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly urging opposition to House Bill 5458, a The post Connecticut Wine Makers Fear Legal Cannabis Could Reduce Sales appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-20
  • New CSU Pueblo Study Shows Cannabis Legalization Benefits Communities
    March 18, 2018—If the average person were to read any one of the three Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking The post New CSU Pueblo Study Shows Cannabis Legalization Benefits Communities appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-19
  • Breaking News: Michigan Serves Dispensaries With Cease and Desist Letters
    By Rick Thompson From TheSocialRevolution.org LANSING- From Traverse City to Detroit, Michigan State Police and agents of the state’s medical The post Breaking News: Michigan Serves Dispensaries With Cease and Desist Letters appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-15
  • BREAKING: Growers in Oregon’s Josephine County Beat Back a Ban
    Josephine County skipped a step. In the past six months, we have closely followed the efforts of Josephine County, Oregon, to ban cannabis farming in its rural residential 5 (RR-5) zone (see our coverage here and here). Just last week we mentioned that a coalition of local growers (“Petitioners”) challenging the local ordinance finally had their day in court, presenting their case to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”). In brief, the challenged ordinance, adopted in December, banned marijuana production on RR-5 lots that smaller than five acres, and seriously curtailed production on larger lots. The Petitioners challenged the ordinance on three grounds, alleging: The ordinance violated ORS 215.130(5) because it does not allow farms operating at the time the ordinance was adopted to continue operating. (ORS 215.130(5) essentially prohibits a county from adopting an ordinance that retroactively bans existing lawful uses.) The county failed to give mandatory notices to the owners of any properties that would be limited or prohibited from any previously allowed uses. Local jurisdictions are only allowed to place “reasonable regulations” on commercial cannabis production, and this ordinance did not qualify. Yesterday, LUBA issued its opinion in favor of the Petitioners, and sent the County back to square one on the ordinance. The Petitioners deserve a hearty congratulations, but the fight is far from over. This is because LUBA kicked the case back to the County after determining that the County failed to provide the mandatory pre-hearing notices required for any proposed zoning change. As a result, LUBA did not reach the merits of whether 1) the ordinance violated ORS 215.130(5) because of its retroactive application or 2) whether the ordinance went beyond the County’s right to impose “reasonable regulations” on cannabis production. LUBA simply found that the County acted without the required public input. By kicking the case for a procedural error, LUBA left the door open for the County to continue to pursue this or a similar ordinance. That isn’t to say that the County is going to have an easy time of it. LUBA’s Opinion requires the County to comply with the notice requirements and hold at least one more public hearing. This is no easy feat, as the County will need to issue individual written notice, by mail, to the owners of all 16,000 RR-5 lots. Although public scrutiny will no doubt increase, we expect the County to continue to push forward in its misguided attempt to regulate away its fledging cannabis industry, as well as all the taxes and jobs ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-03-15
  • Oregon’s New 2018 Cannabis Laws
    The Oregon legislature concluded the 2018 session last weekend. As we wrote last month, because 2018 is an even-numbered year, this was a short session lasting just 35 days. We predicted that not all four proposed cannabis bills would pass and that is exactly what happened: the proposed legislation on “special events” for marijuana licensees quickly fell by the wayside. You can be sure someone will push that one again in 2019. Still, three bills made it through, two of which will impact the Oregon marijuana and hemp industries considerably. These “enrolled” bills have been approved by both legislative houses, and will become law as soon as Governor Brown signs– or within 30 days of passage if she does not. Because these bills passed through two Democrat-controlled chambers, and because Governor Brown is also a Democrat who has never vetoed a cannabis bill, you can be 99.99% sure these bills will soon become law. Each bill is linked to and summarized below. If you click through, remember that text in bold typeface is proposed new language, and text in [italicized and bracketed] typeface is language that will be removed from existing statutes. Senate Bill 1544  (Marijuana) This was the gut-and-stuff bill we discussed last month, which ended up covering a range of issues related to medical and non-medical marijuana, and industrial hemp. Below are the highlights. Note that references to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) concern the adult use program, which nowadays allows recreational operators to serve the medical market. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) references relate strictly to the medical marijuana program. Unlike most cannabis legislation passed in Oregon over the past few years, SB 1544 does not carry an “emergency” designation. This means that its provisions are not effective on passage. Instead, the effective date of this bill is June 1, 2018, with some of its provisions operative at designated intervals thereafter. Below, we have emphasized the big moves in bold and added brief commentary. Allows OLCC producer licensees who are registered to grow medical canopies to provide immature plants to OHA program participants. Exempts OLCC processors from labeling and packaging requirements and standard when those processors are dealing direct with medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. Requires OHA grow sites to include a U.S. Postal Service address in their application, if they have one. If not, the grow site has to cough up an assessor’s map showing the exact location of the grow site, or a tax lot number. Caps the amount of immature plants that a ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-03-11
  • Packaging and Labeling Responsibility for Marijuana Items Shifts from the OHA to the OLCC
    On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the staff at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and industry partners enthusiastically came together The post Packaging and Labeling Responsibility for Marijuana Items Shifts from the OHA to the OLCC appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-09
  • Drug Rehabilitation and Cannabidiol
    By Allan Frankel, M.D. Over the years, I have been surprised by how many patients with chronic pain using opiates The post Drug Rehabilitation and Cannabidiol appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-08
  • Oregon Cannabis: Josephine County Growers Get Their Day in Court
    Josephine County’s anti-cannabis ordinance is frozen, for now. The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for cannabis producers in Josephine County, Oregon. Back in September, a coalition of producers stopped a county ordinance targeting farms in rural residential zones that would have drastically increased setback requirements, required the OLCC licensee itself to own the real property, and prohibited any farm from using private roads, easements, or owner-maintained public right-of-ways. Celebration proved premature, as the county adopted a new ordinance on December 6, 2017 that is arguably worse. The ordinance targets all properties zoned rural residential with more than 12 mature plants and drastically curtails commercial cannabis production. For example, on rural residential lots: Cannabis production is banned on all lots or parcels of five acres or less. Cannabis production on lots larger than five acres is limited to an eighth of the size that would otherwise be allowed under OLCC rules. 100 foot setback are on all sides are required for all structures and grow canopies. The OLCC licensee must itself own the real property. Farms hoping to avoid these requirements must have been fully licensed by the OLCC before March 6, 2018 in order to apply for a variance from these regulations. As expected, earlier this year a group of growers filed suit against the county before Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”). Although LUBA petitions are not easily available, LUBA issued an order on February 5, 2018 that stayed (froze) implementation of the ordinance pending further proceedings, and gives us an insight into the claims raised by the petitioners. The petitioners were tasked with establishing 1) “a colorable claim of error in the land use decision or limited land use decision under review;” and 2) “that the petitioner[s] will suffer irreparable injury if the stay is not granted.” The petitioner met both thresholds, so let’s see how they did it. A Colorable Claim of Error In Thurston Hills Neigh. Assoc. v. City of Springfield, 19 Or LUBA 591 (1990), LUBA stated that the standard to establish a colorable claim of error is “not a demanding standard”. The petitioners do not need to establish they will win on the merits. Rather, they need only show “that the errors alleged are sufficient to result in reversal or remand of the decision if found to be correct.” In fact, in Thurston Hills, LUBA simply looked to whether the petitioner’s claims were “devoid of any legal merit.” In the present case, LUBA found that the petitioners claims have legal ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-03-08
  • Weedmaps Ordered To Stop Allowing Unlicensed Businesses to Advertise
    The mega cannabis corporation Weedmaps was ordered by California Bureau of Cannabis Control to stop allowing businesses that do not The post Weedmaps Ordered To Stop Allowing Unlicensed Businesses to Advertise appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-07
  • Michigan Marijuana Legalization Support Up To 61%
    Received this press release from Rick Thompson in Michigan. It looks like they are heading towards legalization, just a matter The post Michigan Marijuana Legalization Support Up To 61% appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-06
  • Bug Bites for Bigger Buds: Predator Neoseiulus californicus
    Predator Spotlight: Neoseiulus californicus (also known as Amblyseius californicus) Pests Controlled: Spider Mites, Russet Mites, Broad Mites, Cyclamen Mites The The post Bug Bites for Bigger Buds: Predator Neoseiulus californicus appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-05
  • Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Marijuana Bill On Last Day of Session
    The bill allows the reallocation of taxes to law enforcement and makes almost a dozen other changes to Oregon marijuana The post Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Marijuana Bill On Last Day of Session appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-03
  • Learn To Discern: The Art of Choosing Cannabis
    There are a lot of cannabis retail shops in Oregon now, and along with that is a lot of cannabis The post Learn To Discern: The Art of Choosing Cannabis appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-02
 
  • Federal Omnibus Funding Bill Retains Medical Marijuana Protections
    March 22, 2018 – The federal spending bill that is currently being considered by Congress, and which must pass by The post Federal Omnibus Funding Bill Retains Medical Marijuana Protections appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Josephine County Oregon Invites Federal Intervention on Marijuana Grows
    March 22, 2018 – The Commissioners of Josephine County Oregon decided, with advice from the county counsel Wally Hicks, have The post Josephine County Oregon Invites Federal Intervention on Marijuana Grows appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-22
  • Connecticut Wine Makers Fear Legal Cannabis Could Reduce Sales
    The Connecticut Vineyard and Winery Association submitted testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly urging opposition to House Bill 5458, a The post Connecticut Wine Makers Fear Legal Cannabis Could Reduce Sales appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-20
  • New CSU Pueblo Study Shows Cannabis Legalization Benefits Communities
    March 18, 2018—If the average person were to read any one of the three Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking The post New CSU Pueblo Study Shows Cannabis Legalization Benefits Communities appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-19
  • Breaking News: Michigan Serves Dispensaries With Cease and Desist Letters
    By Rick Thompson From TheSocialRevolution.org LANSING- From Traverse City to Detroit, Michigan State Police and agents of the state’s medical The post Breaking News: Michigan Serves Dispensaries With Cease and Desist Letters appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-15
  • BREAKING: Growers in Oregon’s Josephine County Beat Back a Ban
    Josephine County skipped a step. In the past six months, we have closely followed the efforts of Josephine County, Oregon, to ban cannabis farming in its rural residential 5 (RR-5) zone (see our coverage here and here). Just last week we mentioned that a coalition of local growers (“Petitioners”) challenging the local ordinance finally had their day in court, presenting their case to Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”). In brief, the challenged ordinance, adopted in December, banned marijuana production on RR-5 lots that smaller than five acres, and seriously curtailed production on larger lots. The Petitioners challenged the ordinance on three grounds, alleging: The ordinance violated ORS 215.130(5) because it does not allow farms operating at the time the ordinance was adopted to continue operating. (ORS 215.130(5) essentially prohibits a county from adopting an ordinance that retroactively bans existing lawful uses.) The county failed to give mandatory notices to the owners of any properties that would be limited or prohibited from any previously allowed uses. Local jurisdictions are only allowed to place “reasonable regulations” on commercial cannabis production, and this ordinance did not qualify. Yesterday, LUBA issued its opinion in favor of the Petitioners, and sent the County back to square one on the ordinance. The Petitioners deserve a hearty congratulations, but the fight is far from over. This is because LUBA kicked the case back to the County after determining that the County failed to provide the mandatory pre-hearing notices required for any proposed zoning change. As a result, LUBA did not reach the merits of whether 1) the ordinance violated ORS 215.130(5) because of its retroactive application or 2) whether the ordinance went beyond the County’s right to impose “reasonable regulations” on cannabis production. LUBA simply found that the County acted without the required public input. By kicking the case for a procedural error, LUBA left the door open for the County to continue to pursue this or a similar ordinance. That isn’t to say that the County is going to have an easy time of it. LUBA’s Opinion requires the County to comply with the notice requirements and hold at least one more public hearing. This is no easy feat, as the County will need to issue individual written notice, by mail, to the owners of all 16,000 RR-5 lots. Although public scrutiny will no doubt increase, we expect the County to continue to push forward in its misguided attempt to regulate away its fledging cannabis industry, as well as all the taxes and jobs ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-03-15
  • Oregon’s New 2018 Cannabis Laws
    The Oregon legislature concluded the 2018 session last weekend. As we wrote last month, because 2018 is an even-numbered year, this was a short session lasting just 35 days. We predicted that not all four proposed cannabis bills would pass and that is exactly what happened: the proposed legislation on “special events” for marijuana licensees quickly fell by the wayside. You can be sure someone will push that one again in 2019. Still, three bills made it through, two of which will impact the Oregon marijuana and hemp industries considerably. These “enrolled” bills have been approved by both legislative houses, and will become law as soon as Governor Brown signs– or within 30 days of passage if she does not. Because these bills passed through two Democrat-controlled chambers, and because Governor Brown is also a Democrat who has never vetoed a cannabis bill, you can be 99.99% sure these bills will soon become law. Each bill is linked to and summarized below. If you click through, remember that text in bold typeface is proposed new language, and text in [italicized and bracketed] typeface is language that will be removed from existing statutes. Senate Bill 1544  (Marijuana) This was the gut-and-stuff bill we discussed last month, which ended up covering a range of issues related to medical and non-medical marijuana, and industrial hemp. Below are the highlights. Note that references to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) concern the adult use program, which nowadays allows recreational operators to serve the medical market. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) references relate strictly to the medical marijuana program. Unlike most cannabis legislation passed in Oregon over the past few years, SB 1544 does not carry an “emergency” designation. This means that its provisions are not effective on passage. Instead, the effective date of this bill is June 1, 2018, with some of its provisions operative at designated intervals thereafter. Below, we have emphasized the big moves in bold and added brief commentary. Allows OLCC producer licensees who are registered to grow medical canopies to provide immature plants to OHA program participants. Exempts OLCC processors from labeling and packaging requirements and standard when those processors are dealing direct with medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. Requires OHA grow sites to include a U.S. Postal Service address in their application, if they have one. If not, the grow site has to cough up an assessor’s map showing the exact location of the grow site, or a tax lot number. Caps the amount of immature plants that a ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-03-11
  • Packaging and Labeling Responsibility for Marijuana Items Shifts from the OHA to the OLCC
    On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, the staff at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and industry partners enthusiastically came together The post Packaging and Labeling Responsibility for Marijuana Items Shifts from the OHA to the OLCC appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-09
  • Drug Rehabilitation and Cannabidiol
    By Allan Frankel, M.D. Over the years, I have been surprised by how many patients with chronic pain using opiates The post Drug Rehabilitation and Cannabidiol appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-08
  • Oregon Cannabis: Josephine County Growers Get Their Day in Court
    Josephine County’s anti-cannabis ordinance is frozen, for now. The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind for cannabis producers in Josephine County, Oregon. Back in September, a coalition of producers stopped a county ordinance targeting farms in rural residential zones that would have drastically increased setback requirements, required the OLCC licensee itself to own the real property, and prohibited any farm from using private roads, easements, or owner-maintained public right-of-ways. Celebration proved premature, as the county adopted a new ordinance on December 6, 2017 that is arguably worse. The ordinance targets all properties zoned rural residential with more than 12 mature plants and drastically curtails commercial cannabis production. For example, on rural residential lots: Cannabis production is banned on all lots or parcels of five acres or less. Cannabis production on lots larger than five acres is limited to an eighth of the size that would otherwise be allowed under OLCC rules. 100 foot setback are on all sides are required for all structures and grow canopies. The OLCC licensee must itself own the real property. Farms hoping to avoid these requirements must have been fully licensed by the OLCC before March 6, 2018 in order to apply for a variance from these regulations. As expected, earlier this year a group of growers filed suit against the county before Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (“LUBA”). Although LUBA petitions are not easily available, LUBA issued an order on February 5, 2018 that stayed (froze) implementation of the ordinance pending further proceedings, and gives us an insight into the claims raised by the petitioners. The petitioners were tasked with establishing 1) “a colorable claim of error in the land use decision or limited land use decision under review;” and 2) “that the petitioner[s] will suffer irreparable injury if the stay is not granted.” The petitioner met both thresholds, so let’s see how they did it. A Colorable Claim of Error In Thurston Hills Neigh. Assoc. v. City of Springfield, 19 Or LUBA 591 (1990), LUBA stated that the standard to establish a colorable claim of error is “not a demanding standard”. The petitioners do not need to establish they will win on the merits. Rather, they need only show “that the errors alleged are sufficient to result in reversal or remand of the decision if found to be correct.” In fact, in Thurston Hills, LUBA simply looked to whether the petitioner’s claims were “devoid of any legal merit.” In the present case, LUBA found that the petitioners claims have legal ... read more
    Source: Canna Law Blog – OregonPublished on 2018-03-08
  • Weedmaps Ordered To Stop Allowing Unlicensed Businesses to Advertise
    The mega cannabis corporation Weedmaps was ordered by California Bureau of Cannabis Control to stop allowing businesses that do not The post Weedmaps Ordered To Stop Allowing Unlicensed Businesses to Advertise appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-07
  • Michigan Marijuana Legalization Support Up To 61%
    Received this press release from Rick Thompson in Michigan. It looks like they are heading towards legalization, just a matter The post Michigan Marijuana Legalization Support Up To 61% appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-06
  • Bug Bites for Bigger Buds: Predator Neoseiulus californicus
    Predator Spotlight: Neoseiulus californicus (also known as Amblyseius californicus) Pests Controlled: Spider Mites, Russet Mites, Broad Mites, Cyclamen Mites The The post Bug Bites for Bigger Buds: Predator Neoseiulus californicus appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-05
  • Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Marijuana Bill On Last Day of Session
    The bill allows the reallocation of taxes to law enforcement and makes almost a dozen other changes to Oregon marijuana The post Oregon Legislature Passes Comprehensive Marijuana Bill On Last Day of Session appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-03
  • Learn To Discern: The Art of Choosing Cannabis
    There are a lot of cannabis retail shops in Oregon now, and along with that is a lot of cannabis The post Learn To Discern: The Art of Choosing Cannabis appeared first on Oregon Cannabis Connection. ... read more
    Source: Oregon Cannabis ConnectionPublished on 2018-03-02