Category Archives: Liquor Control Commission

From High Hopes to near death: A pot grower’s story

On a frosty night in December, James Bowman was alone and overcome with exhaustion. The cannabis grower had worked hard all day processing plants at his BlueSky Gardens near Wimer, lacking the money to keep his crew on hand to provide security through the night. Arguably Southern Oregon’s best-known grower, the 57-year-old struggled financially to […]
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Legislature 2017: Bills on medical, enforcement dominate cannabis work

The fine-tuning of Oregon’s cannabis laws continued in 2017, against a backdrop of varied concerns — about a faltering medical marijuana program, diversion of marijuana to illegal markets and possible new federal intervention from the Trump administration. Source: Legislature 2017: Bills on medical, enforcement dominate cannabis work – Portland Business Journal

Next hurdle in recreational pot: Legal use in public places

When Oregon voters in 2014 approved the ballot measure legalizing recreational pot, they specified that pot use in public places would remain unlawful. But as marijuana growing, processing, retailing and consumption have swelled in Oregon, so has the chorus pushing for the right to toke on pipes or joints or inhale from vaporizers in public […]
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Rural Oregon Residents At Odds With Large Marijuana Grows

Williams is known as one of Oregon’s marijuana-growing capitals, but longtime residents have raised alarms over industrialized grows they say are ruining the character of this remote but close-knit rural community. “People are pissed off,” said Michael Johnson, chief operating officer of Siskiyou Sungrown Farms. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” Source: Rural Oregon Residents […]
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Oregon marks 2 year anniversary of legalized pot

It has been 2 years since recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon. On July 1, 2015 the state of Oregon joined Colorado, Washington, Washington D.C. and Alaska in legalizing recreational marijuana. Those over the age of 21 with a valid ID can legally carry one ounce of pot and can possess up to 8 ounces […]
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Oregon drops archaic anti-happy hour rule

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has decided to roll back a 30-year-old ban on happy hour advertising of drink prices, a confusing, archaic rule that became all but impossible to enforce in the social media age. In 2009, the commission reversed a wider restriction, allowing restaurants to advertise their happy hours and food prices, but […]
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Oregon lifts happy hour advertising prohibition

Finding a great happy hour deal has always been a little tough in Oregon – the state had banned happy hour advertising for more than 30 years. But starting July 1, that law is out the door. Thursday, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission voted to lift the happy hour advertising prohibition. Source: Oregon lifts happy […]
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Oregon ranks low on cannabis industry transparency

-Lack of public information on marijuana businesses raises concerns.- Ed Keating is co-founder of Cannabiz Media, a database that keeps track of more than 16,000 licensed marijuana businesses nationwide. As the chief data officer, it is Keating’s job to oversee data research on cannabis markets across the U.S. Oregon, he says, is one of the […]
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Oregon House Paves Way for Continued Growth in New Industrial Hemp Industry

The Oregon House of Representatives has approved legislation paving the way for continued growth in the state’s newest agriculture industry. Senate Bill 1015 eases restrictions on the sale of industrial hemp products by allowing growers to sell their crops to OLCC-licensed processors, who would then be allowed to put industrial hemp products up for sale […]
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Contaminated marijuana still reaching consumers in Oregon

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. The admission underscores the tricky work of effectively regulating a plant long tied to illegal pesticide use. Source: Contaminated marijuana still reaching consumers in Oregon | […]
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