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Oregon Might Be Saying Goodbye to Clean Cannabis
By Allie Beckett on March 31st, 2017 at 11:23 am | Updated: March 31st, 2017 at 11:40 am Marijuana News, Oregon
Out of all the states that have legalized adult-use of cannabis, Oregon currently has the toughest pesticide testing laws.

However, a newly proposed revision would reduce the restrictions on pesticides, causing the allowable limits of pesticides in marijuana to be increased.

The two major changes being proposed to Oregon’s pesticide testing:
  1. Lessening the regulations on concentrate testing — instead of every batch being tested for pesticides, processors would only need to submit a single random sample per year.
  2. Reducing the required amount of cannabis flower needed per test batch from 33% to 20%.
Proponents of these changes claim the lack of edibles and concentrates on recreational shelves is a result of the long turnaround time for lab results, and that these proposed changes will allow processors to get their products to retail faster. But “after delving deeper into the issue, it appears the current shortage is being driven by pesticide contaminated cannabis,” reports Keith Mansur with the Oregon Cannabis Connection.

According to the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), 10% of cannabis flower and 26% of concentrates are failing tests for pesticides.

But it gets worse, after talking with labs around the state, Mansur reports that the estimation for failed concentrate tests due to pesticides is more likely close to 50% and 70%; the OHA only used reported failures in collecting their data but many tests were conducted as a pre-screen and never reported to the OHA. When pesticide-covered cannabis is extracted, those pesticides concentrate in the oil as well, creating a poisonous cocktail. (cont)


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Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon state lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would shield the names, birthdates and other identifying information of marijuana users from being accessed by federal drug agents amid worries of heightened enforcement.

The bill was approved 53-5 by the Oregon House on Monday and is largely in response to mixed signals about the new White House administration’s stance on the federal marijuana prohibition.

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is expected to sign it into law.

Oregon pot shops would have 30 days to destroy their recreational pot customers’ personal data from their records and be banned from keeping such records thereon.

Data collection about pot clients is already illegal or discouraged in Alaska, Colorado and Washington state.

Recreational marijuana is legal in those states and sold from stores.


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Oregon Marijuana Sales Far Exceed Expectation

Legal cannabis sales in America continue to be brisk in every state where the drug is sold over-the-counter—and they continue to defy expectations.

American consumers have a far greater appetite for marijuana than economists, accountants and other estimators thought. As sales figures from Oregon reveal, actual legal cannabis sales have outstripped some projections by more than six times.

In Oregon, through the first three months of the year, roughly 11,000 pounds of cannabis were legally sold in the state’s approximately 300 legal dispensaries, for total sales revenue of $43.7 million, according to a recent report from the state Department of Revenue, published last week by KATU-2 News.

During that time, cannabis sales generated $13.4 million worth of sales tax revenue. Of that, 40 percent goes to schools and 20 percent to addiction treatment.

That all sounds nice. But consider: These were the slow months. For the rest of the year, sales climbed rapidly. By October, sales had doubled from March, for total sales receipts of $60.2 million, as Willamette Week reported, which is six times greater than post-legalization estimates dating from 2015.

So Oregonians and their visitors have a mighty thirst for legal cannabis. And that’s good! Because Oregon is facing a $1.8 billion budget deficit, a fiscal abyss even black-market marijuana sales couldn’t fix, were the state to supply the rest of the country with its illicit cannabis (as some law enforcement authorities suggest it is). (cont)


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Portland mayor decries 4/20 free marijuana giveaway

PORTLAND, Maine — The mayor of Portland said he’s disappointed by a free pot giveaway in Monument Square that drew a long line of people and a cloud of smoke.

Under state law and city ordinance, marijuana can’t be used in public, but the crowd enjoyed it anyway, uninterrupted.

“Well, we didn’t have a lot of complaints, but I don’t think we want our police department wasting a lot of resources on this,” Mayor Ethan Strimling said. “The war on drugs has never been successful.”

Strimling said he was disappointed by the event and believes it was irresponsible.

“If someone was out there handing out free shots of alcohol, I think people would have a similar reaction, saying this isn’t what we want to have happening in the middle of the city,” he said.

Crash Barry drew a crowd of about a hundred on Thursday afternoon, when he handed out free marijuana, along with copies of his new book “ Marijuana Valley.” It was a celebration he shared with a variety of people, from bartenders and homeless folks to lawyers and doctors.


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Did you know that the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) has published data that 10% of cannabis flower and 26% of cannabis extracts and concentrates are failing for unsafe levels of pesticides?

For some reason, The Governor and the OHA have proposed rules to reduce pesticide testing requirements. These rules would require only 20% of pesticide testing for flower and only one pesticide test a year for concentrates. Through the concentrate process, pesticide levels can be multiplied to levels that are unsafe.

Reducing cannabis testing requirements would have an immediate and devastating impact on the public health and safety of cannabis consumers in Oregon, our environment and the longevity of this new industry.

Lowering cannabis testing requirements violates the “public health and safety” clause of the Federal Government’s Cole Memorandum—opening the door to the Federal Government shutting down the industry in Oregon.

Oregonians for Public Health and Safety is scheduling a gathering on April 27th in Eugene and April 28th in Portland during the public comment period for Oregon Health Authority’s proposed rules.

Please come and show your support or contact us to help pass on this message. Please call Caleb Hayes, the director of OPHS at 360-485-9344, email at info@orpublichealth.com and visit us at orpublichealth.com for further information.

Portland Gathering: April 28, 2017 at 10:00am

Portland State Office Building

800 NE Oregon St. Room 1A

Portland, OR 97232

Eugene Gathering: April 27, 2017 at 10:00am

Atrium Building

99 W 10th Ave., Sloat Room

Eugene, OR 97401


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Well, this is something @CarolKing has been lamenting about for quite some time but the actual numbers are startling.

Oregon's medical-only marijuana dispensaries on decline

BEND, Ore. - In the past six months, the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon has dropped from 424 to just 65.

Most shops are moving away from selling just medical cannabis, and toward a recreational and medical marijuana combination.

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, there are now 417 licensed recreational marijuana shops in Oregon.

As the number of those stores increases, the decreasing number of medical dispensaries has some medical patients concerned.

Some people say it's the greater profit margin that has medical marijuana sellers turning to recreational sales.

But the manager at Bloom Well in Bend, Melissa Johnson, said Thursday they just want to be able to serve as many people as they can.

"We feel that as a community agency, we're here to provide safe access to cannabis in a judgment-free environment," Johnson said.

"We serve all customers, from the medical community to the athletic community to people who just want to use cannabis, because it's a plant that makes them feel good."

Bloom Well is one of the hundreds of medical marijuana shops across Oregon that applied through the OLCC for a permit to sell recreational marijuana.

It's a trend, that, according to Jonathan Modie of the Oregon Health Authority, is likely to continue.

"I think the expectation is that the number of dispensaries in Oregon selling medical marijuana will continue to drop," he said. "Exactly where that will stop, level off, or if we will eventually get to zero, it's hard to speculate."

But both he and Johnson said they recognize the fact that the industry is still in a transition period, and not everyone will be pleased with the direction it's moving.

Johnson said, "With any change comes discomfort, and it's just a different environment. Every store is busy. Perhaps some patients didn't enjoy how busy each store got with legalization."

Modie added, "We have heard concerns from patients that they have few dedicated medical marijuana dispensaries where they can purchase their product."

Despite the concerns, the Oregon Health Authority official said the medical marijuana program is still up and running, and medical marijuana users are still able to access their medication across the state.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, there were just over 3,700 medical marijuana patients in Deschutes County in 2016, and nearly 400 each in Jefferson and Crook County.


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Legal Marijuana a 'Powerful Force' in Oregon Economy
Cannabis has quickly become a billion dollar industry in Oregon that employs tens of thousands of people.

MARCH 16, 2017

A new report on the recreational and medical marijuana industry in Oregon estimates that 12,500 jobs have been created with cumulative annual wages of $315 million.

With the report, done by Beau Whitney of Whitney Economics, Oregon joins Colorado in reporting a big economic boost from the legalization of marijuana.

It’s important to note that Whitney wrote the report for the Oregon state government's House of Representatives Committee on Economic Development and Trade. With that caveat, the report shows some impressive numbers associated with the marijuana business, much like Colorado reported late in 2016.

Related: Researchers Believe Legal Marijuana Could Hurt Beer Sales

Report Highlights
Whitney looked at job creation and other economic impacts of marijuana in the Beaver State. Oregon voters approved medical marijuana in 2011 and adult-use marijuana in 2015.

Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?

The report is actually preliminary. A more detailed look at the Oregon marijuana business is expected later this year. In his report, Whitney wrote that the job and wage numbers in the report are “very conservatively estimated.”

The report found the following:

  • There are 917 licensed cannabis businesses in Oregon (as of Feb. 21)
  • Of the 917 licensed businesses, 426 are producers while 344 are retailers. The rest are for laboratory testing, processors, wholesalers and researchers.
  • Another 1,225 applications have been filed to form a new cannabis business
  • About 12,500 people are employed by the cannabis industry
  • These only include employees in work that “touches” marijuana, not the many other workers who work in ancillary businesses such as security, regulation, accounting, legal counsel, real estate and business consulting
  • Using an average wage of $12.13 per hour, that means $315 million in annual salaries for these jobs
  • Using a multiplier of 4, that means a total economic impact of more than $1.2 billion
The report can be seen in full here.

Numbers Expected to Grow
Again, these numbers represent conservative estimated based on preliminary information. The number should increase when the full report is completed, Whitney wrote.

Related: The Many Ways the Cannabis Industry Lacks Traditional Marketing Expertise

“A more comprehensive jobs report will be researched and published later in 2017, but this initial update should demonstrate that the cannabis industry is a powerful force in the Oregon economic engine,” Whitney wrote.

Previous reports also have shown how cities in Oregon have benefitted from legalized marijuana. For example, Portland has collected more than $250,000 in application fees for marijuana business. The city is projected to collect $2 million in licensing fees, as well.


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Oregon bill would adjust state's medical, adult-use cannabis programs

There could be some changes coming to Oregon’s medical and adult-use cannabis programs under a measure now sitting on Gov. Kate Brown’s desk.

The legislation, House Bill 2198, would create the Oregon Cannabis Commission (OCC) to oversee the framework of the state’s medical cannabis program. It would also allow several thousand state-licensed medical growers to sell up to 20 pounds of excess cannabis each into the state’s adult-use.

The bill has so far breezed through the Oregon Legislature, with the Senate passing the bill yesterday on an 18–12 vote, which fell mostly along party lines. Four Republican senators voted for the bill, while three Democrats voted against it.

The House approved the measure even more enthusiastically, passing HB 2198 on a 48–11 vote. Not a single House Democrats voted against the bill, though several Republicans voted for it.

HB 2198 would also specify that cannabis retailers and dispensaries may be located within 1,000 feet of schools, but only if the Oregon Liquor Control Commission determines that there is a physical or geographic barrier capable of preventing children from “traversing to premises of marijuana retailer or dispensary.”

The Oregon Cannabis Commission would be established within the Oregon Health Authority. It would consist of a public health officer (or the public health officer’s designee) and eight members to be appointed by the governor.

Those eight members would consist of a medical marijuana cardholder, a person designated to produce cannabis by a cardholder, a physician, one representative each from the Oregon Health Authority and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, a local health officer, a law enforcement officer, and a person knowledgeable about research proposal grant protocol.

Commissioners’ terms would be four years, though they would serve at the governor’s pleasure. The commission will meet at least once a quarter, in a location yet to be determined.


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Oregon Lawmakers to the Federal Government: Reschedule Marijuana

A bipartisan group of Oregon lawmakers joined legislators from across the country on Monday in calling for the federal government to reclassify marijuana so it's no longer a Schedule 1 drug.

If the federal government were to heed the request, it could ease restrictions on cannabis research and banking in states that have legalized the drug. Yet it comes at a time when the U.S. Department of Justice is increasing its scrutiny of states with legal marijuana markets.

Oregon lawmakers have been pushing for the resolution since last year.

"As more states continue to legalize either medical or adult use cannabis, it is imperative that we allow legal cannabis businesses to access the banking system," Oregon Senate Majority Leader Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, said in a statement.

The lawmakers' vote to pass the resolution took place in Boston, at the National Conference of State Legislatures' annual summit.

Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, was not at the summit but has worked with Burdick to implement Oregon's legal marijuana system in recent years. "We are asking the federal government to remove cannabis from scheduling so that we can forge ahead with life-changing cannabis medical research," Ferrioli said in a statement.

It comes at a time when Oregon and other states that have legalized marijuana face additional scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. On July 24, Sessions asked Gov. Kate Brown how she plans to address problems outlined in a report by the Oregon State Police earlier this year, including Oregon's ongoing role exporting marijuana to the black market in other states such as Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Idaho.

Sessions has said a U.S. Department of Justice memorandum issued under President Barack Obama remains valid. That document, known as the Cole memo, reassured states with legal marijuana that federal prosecutors would focus on drug trafficking and other priorities, as long as the states thoroughly regulated cannabis to prevent it from leaking into the black market.

The attorney general pointed to revelations in the state police report that there is "pervasive illicit cannabis cultivation in the state ... [and] a strong indication that surplus cannabis is not discarded, but is in fact trafficked out-of-state and sold for a huge profit margin."

Sessions also cited other concerns, including a 55 percent increase in marijuana-related emergency room visits from March 2015 through September 2016.

He asked Brown to "please advise as to how Oregon plans to address the serious findings in the Oregon State Police report, including efforts to ensure that all marijuana activity is compliant with state marijuana laws, to combat diversion of marijuana, to protect public health and safety, and to prevent marijuana sue by minors."

Yes, indeed...when government promulgates illogical and nonsensical regulatory and tax policies that fly in the face of the electorate's desires, then people create a black market and go around their non-responsive goverment. In dry counties in KY, people drive across county lines to get hootch. NY is the center of a large cigarette black market due to state tax rates in comparison to elsewhere. And, as long as we have a silly mix of prohibition and legalization, people will resist their non-responsive government and participate in a black market. As long as states like MA come up with confiscatory tax rates (like 20%) on legal MJ, then people will participate in a black market. Its not new and its not hard to understand unless you are a self-serving, poll watching, self-entitled professional politician, that is.


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IMO we are going to see more of this type of thing, driven more by trademarks and patents than concern for children, as in this case. For example, we are already seeing GSC instead of Girl Scout Cookies and Gorilla Glue (the guys that make the actual glue) is pursuing legal remedies against sellers of Gorilla Glue MJ. They'll just call it CG #4 and be done with it but as MJ moves more into the legitimate legal arena, I predict we will see more squabbling over names, trademarks, etc.

But how does Green Crack appeal to children?? That one puzzled me a bit.

The 11 Cannabis Strain Names Now Prohibited in Oregon

On Aug. 11, 2017, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced that it had issued a clarification on prohibited cannabis strain names in the state. The rules are intended to prevent strain names from appealing to minors and from misleading consumers.

The OLCC has put the prohibited strain names in three distinct categories: strains named after children’s toys or characters; strains named after children’s food products; and strains with misleading names.

While the OLCC did not provide a complete list of prohibited cannabis strain names, here are 11 strain names that are not allowed:

1. Incredible Hulk
2. Ewok
3. Optimus Prime
4. Light Saber
5. Any Girl Scout Cookie – Dosidos, Thin Mints, etc.
6. Frosted Flakes
7. Lucky Charms
8. Skittles
9. Green Crack
10. Opium
11. Special K

According to BDS Analytics, Girl Scout Cookies was the sixth most popular strain sold in Oregon in 2016 as far as sales were concerned.

It’s important to note that the actual strains themselves aren’t banned, but rather their names, so licensees may be able to use abbreviations or nicknames as replacements as long as they don’t violate the strain name rules.

Considering the OLCC’s update is intended to act as guidance for labeling and advertising, one can assume that strain names like Animal Cookies or Wonder Woman would also fall under the prohibited list.

Beyond providing its guidance on cannabis strain names, the OLCC issued an updated packaging and labeling guide for medical and recreational cannabis as well as a guideto the package and label pre-approval process.

The permanent cannabis labeling rules went into effect on May 31, 2017.


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Oregon’s Governor, State Police Chief Stand Up for Marijuana Legalization

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon’s governor and the head of the state police defended the state’s legal marijuana industry in letters to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has been hinting at a crackdown on states such as Oregon that have legalized pot in defiance of federal law.

Gov. Kate Brown noted Tuesday in her letter that Sessions’ earlier letter to her referenced a draft report from the Oregon State Police that concluded a lot of Oregon’s marijuana was being diverted to other states.

Brown and Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton said that draft report was invalid and had incorrect data and conclusions.

Brown said new laws in Oregon, including tracking all pot grown for legal sale from seed to store, will help cut down on diversion into the black market. Brown noted that she also recently signed into law legislation that makes it easier to prosecute the unlawful import and export of marijuana products.

Governors of Alaska and Washington state also recently pushed back against the Trump administration and defended their efforts to regulate the marijuana industry. Alaska Gov. Bill Walker wrote to Sessions earlier this month asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized marijuana.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said the attorney general made claims about the situation in his state that are “outdated, incorrect, or based on incomplete information.”

The governors of Oregon, Colorado, Washington and Alaska wrote to Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in April, warning that altering the Cole memorandum, which restricts federal marijuana law enforcement in states where pot is legal, “would divert existing marijuana product into the black market and increase dangerous activity in both our states and our neighboring states.”

Sessions, however, then wrote to congressional leaders, opposing an amendment that prevents the Justice Department from using appropriated funds to interfere with states’ medical marijuana.

Oregon Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who co-wrote the amendment with California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, told The Associated Press recently that Congress is becoming more pro-marijuana, and that more legalization will tamp down the black market.

“The more that we go down the path of legalization, regulation and taxation, diversion becomes less and less of a problem,” Blumenauer said.

Brown told Sessions in her letter that Oregon’s medical and recreational marijuana industry has raised over $60.2 million in revenue and created over 16,000 jobs.

She said her staff looks forward to continuing its work with Session’s office and his representative in Oregon “to end black market marijuana operations, and to provide mutual education and support of our legal and regulated marketplace.”


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This really doesn't need comment. Although many of us are libertarian to an extent and don't like "big business" taking over legal MJ markets, the fact is that stuff like this is a very good argument for shutting these type of ops down. Before they shut them selves down...explosively.

How would you like to be living next to this guy's house? Wow.

Big profits, extra pot fuel illegal butane hash oil labs

By Noelle Crombie


The Oregonian/OregonLive

The midday explosion that convulsed a quiet North Portland neighborhood last month showered the street with glass and debris and hurled a 150-pound door into nearby Peninsula Park.

It blasted a 91-year-old home to pieces, scattering glass and scraps of the roof. The two men inside died. The sheer force of the blast suggested someone, maybe a contractor, nicked a natural gas line.

What you need to know about butane hash oil explosions in Oregon

Police in Oregon last year investigated at least 25 illegal hash oil labs statewide, far eclipsing the number of methamphetamine labs reported by police. Since January, police have identified at least 19 illegal labs, seven of them involving explosions.

Then veteran Portland fire investigator Richard McGraw noticed something on the ground nearby -- a small red nipple common on butane cans. It couldn't be a butane blast, McGraw thought. This was too destructive, too powerful.

But then McGraw and his partner, Portland police Detective Joe Luiz, found butane cans strewn along the curb. By the time they'd sifted through what was left of Matt McCrann's home on North Kerby Avenue, investigators uncovered more than 400 butane cans - the telltale signs of an illegal butane hash oil lab and a growing hazard across the state.

Butane hash oil blasts in Oregon
The cans were used to extract tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, from more than 100 pounds of marijuana leaves and flowers. The end product, a potent amber-hued oil known as BHO, is in high demand on the regulated and underground markets in Oregon and beyond. Stronger than smoking a joint, the oil is typically consumed using discreet portable pen-like devices or specially outfitted pipes called oil rigs.

Though recreational marijuana sales have been legal in Oregon since 2015, illicit labs like McCrann's have proliferated as the marijuana supply has increased in the era of legalization. With the hash oil labs have come a raft of serious injuries associated with butane-fueled explosions.

Police in Oregon last year investigated at least 25 illegal hash oil labs statewide, far eclipsing the number of methamphetamine labs reported by police. Since January, police have identified at least 19 illegal labs, seven of them involving explosions.

Oregon doesn't routinely collect data on hash oil labs and explosions; police agencies voluntarily submit that information to state and federal authorities so the numbers likely underrepresent the scope of the problem.

Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau, who oversees a regional drug and gang task force, said police in the unit have investigated nine illegal labs since early last year. He's seen butane blasts powerful enough to knock a home off its foundation.

"You don't have time to evacuate," he said. "Most of the time it catches people by surprise. ... That initial explosion can be traumatic and dangerous."

Oregon lawmakers this year took steps to crack down on illegal hash oil labs by making explosions tied to butane hash oil operations a felony. Yet the trend continues and in July reached a grim milestone: Portland's first fatalities from a butane blast.

The two North Portland men were among three people who died from processing BHO this year. A Grants Pass man asphyxiated in February when a bathroom filled with the odorless gas.


Explosions related to illicit hash oil production have hit two places the hardest: Southern Oregon, the epicenter of outdoor marijuana production in the state, and the Portland, data collected by federal authorities show.

Oregon marijuana growers and processors say the trend is driven by a variety of factors.

Red tape has led to a short supply of hash oil in regulated stores. Processing marijuana into oil is a lucrative outlet for surplus cannabis coming from medical marijuana operations and illegal grows.

Oregon's entrenched black market continues to flourish unchecked on sites including Craigslist, where hash oil made by illegal processors sells for $5 to $10 a gram compared to $30 to $50 at a licensed shop.

"It's a risk-reward thing right now and the reward on the black market is great enough that they take the risk," said Don Morse, owner of the Human Collective, a marijuana store in Southwest Portland.

Steve Marks, executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates the marijuana industry, acknowledged that a patchwork of local fire safety requirements statewide has slowed licensing for legal hash oil makers. The commission has so far licensed 119 marijuana processors to make cannabis oils.

State safety rules typically require the manufacturers to make six-figure financial investments in facilities and equipment.

Marks said his agency is working with state and local fire officials to speed up the approval process so more hash oil can enter the regulated market and, he hopes, dent black market production.

"Any illegal marijuana operation," he said, "is a concern of the state."


Dr. Niknam Eshraghi has seen the damage butane can cause up close.

Eshraghi, a surgeon, directs the Legacy Oregon Burn Center in Portland, which has treated 45 patients, mostly young men, burned in butane explosions since 2014.

"Unfortunately, it's a steady problem," Eshraghi said.

Butane hash oil burn injuries are extremely painful and can be disfiguring. They often require surgery, unusually long and costly hospitalizations and recoveries that take months. Charges for burn center care can run up to $5,000 a day, Eshraghi said.

Last week, two men were sentenced to three years of probation for their role in a butane hash oil explosion in Astoria last fall that sent one man to the Legacy burn unit for a month. Fire officials found hundreds of punctured butane cans at the scene.

(Mark Graves | The Oregonian/OregonLive)
The largest burn center serving Northern California, the heart of that state's outdoor marijuana industry, has also seen a steep climb in butane blast victims since 2014.

The regional burn center at UC Davis Health has admitted about 30 patients a year for the past three years, said Dr. David Greenhalgh, the center's chief of burns.

The problem has taken on such urgency that Greenhalgh and firefighters this year pressed the California State Assembly to limit the sales of odorless butane, a move similar to limits that states placed on ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in response to the methamphetamine crisis. Butane is easy to buy in stores or online, where a case of butane costs as little as $22.

A similar push is underway in Oregon. Portland Fire & Rescue officials say they plan to lobby lawmakers to impose limits on the sale of butane.

Care for butane blast patients comes at extraordinary expense given the extensive nature of the burns, said Greenhalgh, who pointed to one patient whose burns covered 90 percent of his body. The bill: $12 million.

"It's a big problem for us and it costs society a lot of money," Greenhalgh said. "It keeps our burn units full."


Portland fire officials first realized butane hash oil labs were a problem three years ago when firefighters responded to a fiery blast tied to butane in a freezer, McGraw said.

Officials combed through previous explosions and linked a handful to butane. In all, the city has seen eight butane explosions since 2012.

The latest blast killed McCrann, 42, and Richard Cisler, 68, a Vietnam vet who had been working on the home at the time.

Don't do this at home
Oregon bans butane hash oil production in a residence.
Hash oil processing with butane or CO2 must be done only in licensed facilities and meet a host of safety regulations, including using professional-grade "closed loop" systems. These machines are designed to contain butane during the manufacturing process. The butane used can't come from pressurized cans.
An engineer must verify that the closed-loop system keeps flammable gas from leaking into a room. The room itself must be well ventilated.
And the space and equipment, along with all electrical installations, must meet structural safety code and state and local fire code requirements.
McCrann wasn't licensed to process marijuana for the recreational market and he wasn't registered with the Oregon medical marijuana program.

Fire investigators don't know where he got the marijuana; though he had growing equipment, investigators didn't find plants.

Firefighters found signs of a busy hash oil operation in the basement, where they recovered a machine used to process marijuana, along with 289 punctured butane cans, another 142 cans that had exploded or were damaged. Marijuana leaves and flowers that had been processed were stashed in a half-dozen large garbage bags. Other bags at the site had exploded, spraying the yard with cannabis.

Investigators said they increasingly see some underground processors moving away from primitive processing that relies on Pyrex and PVC pipes in favor of more sophisticated systems intended to contain butane. These systems, which resemble Rube Goldberg contraptions complete with tanks and hoses, are generally considered safer because they keep butane from leaking into the room. But if used improperly or if the system has a loose fitting, gas can still escape.

"Every time you puncture a can you are losing some into the basement atmosphere," McGraw said.

In all, officials estimated McCrann had gone through at least 120 pounds of marijuana. Depending on quality, that amount could translate into as much as $50,000 in hash oil on the black market.

Before he died, a stricken McCrann managed to drag himself from the alley behind the house onto a neighbor's patio, where he told the neighbor, Mike Cook, that he was sorry and that he shouldn't have turned on the dryer. He later died at the hospital.

Investigators haven't confirmed that the dryer ignited the blast, but it doesn't take much for butane to explode. Something as ordinary as flipping a light switch or plugging in a phone charger can ignite the heavy gas, which quickly fills an unventilated room.

The damage to McCrann's home was so complete that it took firefighters hours to sift through the rubble to locate Cisler's remains, McGraw said.

"There was so much debris, we didn't know where to begin to look," McGraw said.

Cisler's son, Boomer, 28, meanwhile, is raising money for a memorial for his father. He said in a recent Facebook post that he plans to start a blog about his father's life and achievements.

"I'm still finding my own ways of dealing with this loss," he wrote.


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Deadline approaches in Oregon as the fight for good cannabis laws continues

Ask any patient or medical cannabis grower in Oregon, and they will agree – navigating the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) is a bugaboo. Now, the governing body over OMMP, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), has notified all medical growers in the state of impending changes in compliance and reporting, including increased fees (and migraines).

Some important things to pay attention to. First of all, as the latest OHA update makes clear, the $480 CTS fee is NOT due by December 1st. The state needs time to set up the system for all of the OMMP cardholders first. Tentatively, OHA has stated that OMMP participants will need to sign up with CTS and pay the fee by July 1, 2018. The fee is a yearly fee and should be pro-rated, so it shouldn’t cost a full $480 to comply with the requirement for the rest of your licensed year.

Also, if you wish to remain a patient, you can still grow more than 12 plants at your qualified residence, so long as you, or your caregiver, are registered as the grower for your grow site at your home. I explained how patients can properly set up their grow site to continue to cultivate more than 12 total mature plants in a previous blog. It can be costly changing around OMMP paperwork, but thankfully, the state is waiving change and grow site fees for qualified growers until the first of the year.

Finally, and most importantly, none of the rules and regulations that are imposing unnecessary burdens on growers, mom-and-pop businesses and patients, are set in stone. We have the opportunity to change laws and amend rules in the coming months and years. State Senator Floyd Prozanski, the strongest ally of the medical cannabis community, will be taking questions at the upcoming Oregon Marijuana Business Conference in Ashland on November 19th.


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This is NOT good and only gives the anti's ammunition.

Licensed Oregon marijuana supplier arrested in Nebraska with van full of cannabis products
He was apparently en route to a state where medical marijuana is legal

By Eder Campuzano, The Oregonian

An Oregon marijuana processor was arrested Thursday in Nebraska on drug trafficking allegations after deputies reported discovering about $1.1 million in cannabis extract in his U-Haul van during a traffic stop.

Mark Pettinger, a spokesman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, said this was the first known case of a licensed Oregon marijuana supplier arrested for allegedly trafficking in another state.

Richard Wilkinson, 38, of Damascus was stopped in downtown Lincoln for following another vehicle too closely, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Business filings with the Oregon Secretary of State Office show Wilkinson owns Rich Extracts, a Clackamas business licensed to process and sell cannabis extract.

Deputies with the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office searched the U-Haul van when they smelled marijuana and discovered 25 pounds of the extract, sealed packages of marijuana, vials of hash oil and 3,500 marijuana seeds, the newspaper reported.

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Deputies said Wilkinson and a man with him, John E. Carlston of Cranston, Rhode Island, apparently were en route to a state where medical marijuana is legal, the Journal Star reported.

Wilkinson was arrested on an allegation of possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and Carlston was arrested on an abetting allegation, according to the newspaper’s account.

Although Wilkinson’s case is unique, at least one other Oregon licensed producer has been arrested on suspicion of unlawful export over the last year.

The Curry Coastal Pilot reported in May that O’Donnell Doyle, co-owner of the now-shuttered South Coast Dispensaries in Brookings, was arrested after he allegedly tried to ship marijuana products to California.

O’Doyle’s license was suspended after the arrest, Pettinger said.


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Blumenauer blasts Oregon U.S. Attorney on pot stance

Oregon's leading marijuana advocate in Congress took exception to a Friday opinion piece penned by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon.

"Billy Williams is wrong about where Congress stands on this issue," U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, a member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and longtime marijuana advocate, said in a statement to the Statesman Journal.

The rebuke came in response to an article by U.S. Attorney Billy Williams voicing a range of concerns about marijuana production, sales and black marketing in Oregon.

"Congress's judgment on marijuana activity is reflected in the Controlled Substances Act," Williams wrote in The Oregonian/OregonLive, referring to the fact that marijuana remains on the federal list of illegal substances.

Blumenauer said, "For the last several years, Congress has passed my amendment preventing the DOJ from interfering with state ... medical marijuana programs. And we’re working to expand those protections."

The Portland Democrat was referring to the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer Amendment, a stopgap measure that prohibits the U.S. Justice Department from prosecuting medical marijuana operations and users in states where the use has been legalized.

The amendment's protections were included in a continuing resolution approved by Congress late last month to fend off a government shutdown — but the resolution expires next week.

"I've talked to more members of Congress about this issue than anyone," Blumenauer said. "No one thinks (marijuana) should be a Schedule I drug. And I think Congress might have more to say about this in the next year — and certainly after the next election."

Williams' concerns included an overproduction of pot in Oregon fueling the black market.

He claims that in 2017, agents found 2,644 pounds of weed inside postal packages and more than $1.2 million worth of cash. He compared that to Colorado, where officials seized only 984 pounds of pot over four years starting in 2013.

"Overproduction creates a powerful profit incentive, driving product from both state-licensed and unlicensed marijuana producers into black and gray markets across the country," Williams wrote. "This lucrative supply attracts cartels and other criminal networks into Oregon and in turn brings money laundering, violence, and environmental degradation."

The article's publication followed a decision by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this month to revoke an Obama-era policy that told Justice Department officials like Williams to generally leave states with legal weed alone.

Williams also wrote that he worries there may not be enough resources to police and regulate marijuana in Oregon.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates recreational marijuana sales, threw a red flag on the industry Wednesday when it announced more than a dozen retailers from a sample class of 66 were selling marijuana to minors. The legal age is 21 years old. State regulators will be conducting more sting operations throughout the year to see whether more retailers are doing so.

More: Portland pot stores selling to minors, sales checks reveal

Williams said in his article he will be inviting law enforcement officials, public health organizations, Oregon marijuana-industry players and other groups to a "summit" aimed at addressing his concerns.

"This summit and the state's response will inform our federal enforcement strategy," Williams wrote.

Kevin Sonoff, a spokesman for Williams, told the Statesman Journal, "At this time, we are going to hold off doing any further interviews or providing comments in advance of the summit."

Meanwhile, Blumenauer will discuss Sessions' revocation of the so-called Cole memo in a keynote address Jan. 24 at the Portland Expo Center during the 2018 Cannabis Collaborative Conference. The speech will come after the congressional continuing resolution's Jan. 19 expiration date.


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I actually don't have any issues with this....if we want a legal marketplace, restrictions on selling to minors must be enforced vigorously.

Little story....from Abby Hoffman's book...Fuck the System, I believe....anyway, at the time in NY (circa 1970 or so) it was a life sentence to sell MJ to a minor. As a satirical comment, Hoffman's advise was if busted during such a sale, pull out a gun and kill the kid because the penalties for manslaughter were so much less. Fucked up, huh?

Oregon triples penalties for selling marijuana to minors

By The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon has announced it will temporarily increase penalties for those who unintentionally sell marijuana to minors.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the announcement was made Thursday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which oversees the state’s recreational marijuana industry.

It comes on the heels of a statewide sting in December in which almost 20 percent of state-licensed marijuana retailers sold pot to customers under 21.

The commission’s executive director Steve Marks called the results of the operation “unacceptable.”

In response, the commission announced it will triple penalties for those who sell marijuana to minors unintentionally.

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Those first-time offenders will now face a 30-day license suspension or a fine of $4,950. The previous penalty was a 10-day license suspension or a $1,650 fine.

The temporary rule will take effect Friday and remain in effect for six months.
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‘Decimated’ by oversupply, Oregon’s wholesale marijuana prices drop to $50 a pound

Oregon’s marijuana cultivators are facing a challenging environment that favors vertically integrated companies and craft cannabis.

Wholesale prices for outdoor-grown marijuana have dropped to as low as $50 a pound, and the situation isn’t likely to improve any time soon.

With hundreds of producer and retail licenses pending approval from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates the state’s cannabis industry, the supply glut is expected to only increase, depressing prices further.

As of Jan. 26, there were 520 retailers in the state, with 141 licenses pending approval, according to the agency’s website.

Compare that to 906 licensed producers, with 858 pending approval.

Retailers apparently are joining growers in a race to the bottom in cannabis pricing.

At $49 an ounce, Oregon’s retail prices are nearing the low mark of $40 experienced by neighboring Washington state.

To ride out even more contraction in the market, businesses – either nascent or long-standing – should be well-capitalized, industry insiders say.

“People would stop trying to get in the industry if they actually knew what was going on here,” said Aviv Hadar, co-owner of Oregrown, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Bend.

“If you think there’s money in growing cannabis, put on a seatbelt and sit back for a 5-10-year ride, because it is not easy.”

Oversupply issues

Cultivators selling outdoor-grown cannabis to processors are getting as little as $50 a pound, according to Hadar.

“(The market) is just decimated. Decimated,” he said. “There’s so much oversupply.”

“I believe it,” said William Simpson, founder and president of Chalice Farms, a vertically integrated marijuana company in Portland.

He said he’s seen wholesale marijuana selling for as low as $100 a pound, but $50 a pound is “absolutely” possible.

Donald Morse, executive director of the Oregon Cannabis Business Council, said he’s heard of some people paying only $50 a pound for outdoor-grown cannabis trim, but it’s more common to see $100-$150 a pound.

“Prices have come down dramatically,” he noted.

Pete Gendron, president of the Oregon Sungrown Growers Guild, said characterizing the situation as dire for growers “is not an overstatement.”

In the past two years, prices have undergone about a 50% annualized drop, according to Gendron, and he expects prices to drop even more next year as the market continues to contract.

Hadar thinks the industry will look a lot different in a couple of years.

“Half of these people are going to be out of business,” he said.

Most of Oregon’s outdoor growers are selling their product to be made into cannabis oil, often contracting out their harvest to manufacturers for two to three years, according to Hadar.

Contracting with a processor ensures a return on their crop and eliminates the risk of shopping it around.

Hadar said there aren’t enough retail outlets to buy outdoor-grown flower.

But, he added, there is a use for outdoor-grown cannabis in the form of vape cartridges, which are driving the Oregon market.

The cannabis oil in vape cartridges also is used for other infused products, including edibles and tinctures. Hadar argues that consumers favor discrete consumption methods.

For consumers who aren’t concerned with discretion, the flower that sits in jars on retail shelves is from indoor grows, and the best of that indoor-grown flower commands a premium.

Oregon is seeing more boutique cannabis farms that don’t harvest a lot of product. These operations are slowly expanding as they pump out high-quality cannabis.

“Quality control really is the name of the game right now,” Gendron said.

“If you still have top-shelf flower, you’re still getting paid a pretty decent price for it.”

Vertical integration

The only way for growers to make it in the current Oregon market is to be vertically integrated, Simpson said.

“There’s so much competition,” he added.

The Oregon Cannabis Business Council’s Morse agreed.

Without a retail license, he said, a grower is competing with all other producers and often getting the lowest price.

“They have to be vertically integrated,” he added.

According to Hadar, retail stores are a necessity in your operation if you want to be successful.

While a customer can buy an ounce of flower for as low as $49 at some retail shops, a similar amount sells for a high of $560 in Hadar’s store. It costs him about $50 to grow a pound.

“That business model works,” he said. “Unless you own your own stores, good luck to you.”

Gendron doesn’t necessarily agree that growers must be vertically integrated to survive.

For example, he said, retail chains are developing in Oregon, and a business with 10 stores is going to need a diversified product pipeline to maintain its supply.

He added that businesses that are better capitalized will weather the fluctuation.

Gendron, who also does some consulting, said he recently was approached by someone with a business plan that allotted $500,000-$1 million to get in the game.

If you’re running an efficient business, Gendron said, that’s enough to get started.

“If you have a business plan that’s designed around lower margins or if you’re internally capitalized, you’re probably going to do fine,” he added.

What to do?

Morse attributes Oregon’s oversupply to a black market that’s more active than ever.

That’s because growers who can’t find a buyer in the legal sector end up selling to the black market, contributing to the supply being produced by illicit growers.

“They’re undercutting the prices in a dispensary,” he said. “We lose a lot of our domestic market share to black-market activity.”

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission could intervene if it deemed such action were necessary.

According to Morse, the agency has the right to evaluate the harvest, compare it to demand, then limit or expand canopy sizes for all grows.

But that’s not the most attractive solution.

“I’m not one for market protection,” Morse added. “I believe in free enterprise.”

Simpson expects the industry to overcome this oversupply situation and get to the other side.

“We will gain more of an equilibrium as an industry and become more of a mature market,” he said.

“It will level out to a market that will sustain.”


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"a “massive” marijuana surplus in the state."
We should have such 'problems' in my state! hahahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/busi...8038d4-07ee-11e8-aa61-f3391373867e_story.html

Oregon’s top prosecutor convenes marijuana summit

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon’s federal prosecutor will hold a marijuana summit to address what he calls a “massive” marijuana surplus in the state.

U.S. Attorney Billy Williams announced the Friday summit after Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a memo outlining how states with legalized marijuana could avoid federal scrutiny.

In an opinion piece, Williams said the surplus attracts drug cartels and fuels a black market. The summit will give Oregon leaders a chance to explain how they will remedy the situation.

States that have legalized marijuana for recreational and medical use have taken varying approaches to satisfying federal law enforcement priorities, in an effort to pre-empt raids or even a DOJ lawsuit that could undermine or destroy the newly regulated markets. They’ve also adjusted their approaches as their markets matured.


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This reminds me of my history...specifically that we once fought a Revolutionary War against remote governance that was unresponsive to the will of the people. While I certainly don't think this will lead to violent revolution, we are about to shake out the true believers of Federalism as enshrined in our Constitution from the fascists who just use it when convenient.

I do think that Sessions and one of his US Attorneys will take action and the uproar will be huge and the battle finally truly joined. IMO the supremacy clause has nothing to do with this....all state programs are strictly intra-state and not the Federal Government's business. But we have been just paying lip service to our form of federal goverment for a long time while politicians and judges in Washington have been busy accumulating power far beyond that envisioned in the found documents of our country (well, IMO that is haha)

US Attorney Providing Price Support for Oregon Cannabis

The state of Oregon has been producing high-quality cannabis for decades. The climate, especially in the southwest corner of the state, is nearly perfect for the plant’s needs and the state’s progressive cultural climate supported people experimenting with marijuana cultivation. Now, with full adult use legalization, prices have dropped substantially. The drop in price per pound has caused havoc for growers, but now Oregon’s US Attorney is poised to provide price support.

For many decades, Oregon has been a leader in cannabis interest, use, legislation, and cultivation. As an agricultural crop, cannabis has long reigned as the state’s leading earner. When most old growth forests disappeared, logging waned as a prosperous industry and was partially replaced by cannabis. Oregon was the first state to decriminalize possession of small amounts. Then, 20 years ago, the state’s voters legalized medical cannabis, creating retail markets and allowing legal home growing by those with a medical card. Finally, in 2014 Oregon voters chose to legalize all cannabis adult use and allowed for four plant cultivation and state-licensed adult use grows. The state does produce a lot of cannabis.

Enter Billy J. Williams, US Attorney for Oregon. Newly encouraged to prosecute pot by US Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Williams is about to do just that. Of all the 94 US Attorneys responding to Session’s ending the protective Cole Memo, the Oregon US Attorney seems the most hawkish. He invoked a widely publicized “marijuana summit,” whined about Oregon’s overproduction of cannabis, and vowed, “Make no mistake. We are going to do something about it.

Presumably, the Oregon US Attorney’s statement means some Oregonians will soon be charged with federal marijuana crimes. Current law makes possession of non-trivial amounts of cannabis one of the gravest federal crimes, punishable by the most severe penalties. Reversing a small measure of sanity from the previous administration, US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has instructed his 94 US Attorneys, including Oregon’s Williams, to seek maximum harm against those charged with drug crimes. Sessions cheers mandatory minimums and asset forfeiture. Some Oregon entrepreneurs are likely soon to suffer both.

For the last half-century, Oregon has likely always produced more cannabis than it consumed. Doubtless, some was distributed to eager markets in other states. With nearly a thousand recreational grow licenses already awarded by the state, and hundreds more on the way, combined with the right to grow 4 plants by all Oregonians and 12 medical plants per household, it is difficult to see how legal Oregon production will not continue to outpace in-state consumption. And this is before considering production by non-legal growers. Oregon Governor Kate Brown, a great friend to the Oregon cannabis industry, somehow assures that legal grows will not be federally prosecuted.

So, what will be the effect of aggressive federal marijuana law enforcement by the US Attorney for Oregon?

  • Some Oregonians will have their lives ruined by federal prosecution. Mandatory minimums will be served, property will be seized.
  • US Attorney Billy J. Williams will get a pat on the back from marijuana-crazed Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
  • Oregon will continue to produce more cannabis than it consumes.
  • The price per pound of Oregon cannabis will stabilize, even rise as it has always done during periods of coercive federal enforcement.
The irony of any federal enforcement action by Williams against Oregonian growers will only serve to provide needed price support for others. The Oregon grow rush is already abating, discouraged by an ever-dropping the price per pound. Federal prosecutions will artificially prop up prices, encouraging increased production.

The true problem, of course, is not over-production of marijuana in Oregon. The problem is the idiotic federal inclusion of cannabis in the Controlled Substances Act, especially its bogus classification as a Schedule I drug. Delisting cannabis from the CSA would allow states their rightful role in marijuana policy and would allow Oregonians to sell their valuable cash crop in other states, just as is done now with wine and timber.

One set of true harms associated with a small percentage of Oregon marijuana grows are environmental crimes. Some pirate growers in woodlands divert streams, poison with pesticides, spew trash, and otherwise degrade the environment. If US Attorney Williams really wants to help his state with marijuana enforcement, this is where he should start. And end.


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"Retail pot prices can be as low as $2 for a single gram, or even less if a customer is buying a larger amount — for example, an ounce, or 28 grams, for $50, or $1.78 a gram."

Wow....just wow. Not happening in MD MMJ program, that's for damn sure, and with what is essentially a 15 cultivator monopoly, I don't expect it will.

Does this OR flower need to be tested by state law/reg? Just curious.

Price of marijuana in Oregon plummets as the number of recreational pot growers explodes

The retail and wholesale prices of pot in Oregon are falling with the proliferation of producers and recreational marijuana shops, according to an analysis by a state economist.

“The biggest thing is just competition,” said Josh Lehner, an economist with the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis in Salem. “As we get more stores, as we get more growers, (as we get) more processors, it becomes a price competition. Prices start to fall, particularly when supply is outpacing demand or supply is ramping up faster than demand is growing.”

Pot prices in Oregon are falling up to 20 percent a year, Lehner said. And he expects the prices to continue to drop.

As prices plummet, marijuana stores are competing to offer the best deals, said Greg Adrianse, the owner of New Millennium, a pot shop at 2893 Oak St.

“Everybody wants to get those customers in, and if the customers can get a better deal elsewhere, they are going to go there,” he said.

Marijuana prices listed online by pot shops in Eugene and Springfield vary greatly, with differences in potency, quality and availability all likely affecting the sale price.

Retail pot prices can be as low as $2 for a single gram, or even less if a customer is buying a larger amount — for example, an ounce, or 28 grams, for $50, or $1.78 a gram.

Lehner found that the average retail price for recreational marijuana in Oregon late last year was slightly less than $7 per gram, down from nearly $10 just months prior.

Continually declining pot prices are “everything a consumer” wants, Lehner said.

“We’re seeing increased competition for the consumer dollar,” he said. “We’re seeing more stores, more retail outlets, so the availability of marijuana for recreational users continues to increase, and prices are coming down.”

Adrianse, who has experience in Colorado’s and Washington’s marijuana markets, said the root of Oregon’s ever-dropping pot prices is the explosion in growers.

“There is too much (marijuana) flower and not enough consumer,” said Adrianse, who grows pot on a farm outside the city along with running the shop in south Eugene.

Statewide, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has 1,114 recreational marijuana producer applications pending; 906 are active. In Lane County, the OLCC has 120 producer applications pending and 122 active.

Recreational marijuana sales began in 2015 in Oregon, and the number of pot shops around the state keeps growing as well. The OLCC has 208 recreational retailer licenses pending statewide and 520 active, including 22 pending and 73 active in Lane County.

“More today, more tomorrow,” Adrianse said. “That is just going to drive the price down.”

Customers at New Millennium browsed Wednesday afternoon through the pot shop’s menu — or list of available marijuana — and many picked strains by the house brand. Like many shops, some of the best prices at New Millennium are for the pot that is grown at the business’ farm and sold at its shop.

Having the farm and the store helps, Adrianse said, but the competition for marijuana consumers all around Oregon is fierce.

“It’s a race to the bottom pretty much,” he said, “to see who can sell their stuff the cheapest.”

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