Category Archives: Liquor Control Commission

Oregon faces black-market marijuana problem

Illegal market grows in Deschutes County. Law enforcement authorities intercepted $48 million worth of black-market marijuana headed from Oregon to 37 states over a three-year period, and officers blame the illegal exports on a statewide glut of regulated marijuana and low prices. Some of the black-market marijuana comes from illegal growers, some diverted from legal […]
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Washington cannabis regulations differ from Oregon

In Washington, the second state to start recreational sales of cannabis, regulators combat cannabis diversion from the legal recreational and medical programs to the black market by limiting the number of producers and processors and the size of their growing sites, a state officials said. Washington limits its number of licensed cannabis producers and processors […]
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Roberts hopes legislature tweaks pot laws

Pendleton Police Chief Stuart Roberts is hoping the Oregon Legislature makes some changes to recreational marijuana laws. He says the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, charged with licensing and enforcing, is overwhelmed by a backlog. Source: Roberts hopes legislature tweaks pot laws

Willamette Valley wineries step in, help S. Oregon growers after contract evaporates

A California winery canceled contracts with Southern Oregon growers for over 2,000 tons of wine grapes leaving them hanging at harvest time. In the midst of a state investigation and wine harvest season, a California winery suddenly canceled contracts last week for more than 2,000 tons of Southern Oregon grapes — a $4 million dollar collective loss for more than 15 […]
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Local marijuana businesses see effects of OLCC changes

After discovering suspicious marijuana purchasing activities statewide, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission enacted a temporary rule in August prompting dispensaries to immediately limit the amount of marijuana it could sell to medical cardholders. Source: Local marijuana businesses see effects of OLCC changes | Business |

What bubble? Eugene craft brewers plow ahead with expansions, restaurant openings

Ninkasi Brewing Co. has been Eugene’s craft beer king as long as the city has had a craft beer scene. But even Lane County’s top beer producer has room to grow. Ninkasi’s foray this year into canning several of its beers is driving a boost in production at its Whiteaker neighborhood brewery. Source: What bubble? […]
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Oregon cannabis growers under scrutiny as harvest unfolds

Oregon cannabis regulators say a stepped-up outdoor harvest inspection campaign is finding around 10 percent of growers committing violations that could threaten their license. Request full-text (for State Agency patrons only) Source: Oregon cannabis growers under scrutiny as harvest unfolds – Portland Business Journal

Former legislator tied to black-market marijuana

Charlie Ringo, a former Oregon state senator living in Bend, has been linked to illegal use of marijuana that state regulators thought had been destroyed, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Deschutes County Circuit Court.The marijuana was discovered when Bend Police investigated the March explosion of an illegal lab for manufacturing marijuana hash […]
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Oregon winegrowers fight to unravel California winery’s tangled web of labels

A brash, jet-setting Napa Valley winemaker is crashing Oregon’s pinot party, and the hosts aren’t wild about his table manners. It’s Joseph “Joe” Wagner of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions versus the Oregon Winegrowers Association, and their battle over allegedly deceptive wine labels is at a boiling point. Source: Oregon winegrowers fight to unravel California winery’s tangled web of […]
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A Tale Of Two Markets: Cannabis Delivery In California And Oregon

In southern California cities, delivery is king. Meanwhile, delivery services in Oregon struggled to stay afloat this year. Although the West Coast neighbors now have recreational cannabis in common, the home delivery scene in California and Oregon couldn’t be more different. Source: A Tale Of Two Markets: Cannabis Delivery In California And Oregon