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 wi…
Recreational marijuana prices are falling and, in much of the state, retail options are plentiful. It appears to be a cannabis consumer’s dream, or at least what voters hoped for back in 2014 when Measure 91 was passed. Now, it has not been an entirely smooth ride to date, and concerns remain. Chief among them, […]
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The Cannabis Industry Is Booming But Companies Still Face Challenges The first law in America regarding marijuana actually required farmers to grow cannabis in order to support the textile industry, yet today, the plant is banned at the federal level. Yet finally, legislation is easing with more than half the United States ending prohibition. Social acceptance is also blossoming, but compared to other industries, it has far to go. Cannabis companies today–from corporate conglomerates to small-time ganjapreneurs–are faced with challenges that business owners in other sectors don’t face. This is unfortunate for communities and dangerous to businesses. Ultimately, it’s not
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The big news this morning is that the federal government, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to rescind the so-called Cole memo, or memos as the case may be. For those who don’t know, the New York Times describes it as “an Obama-era policy of discouraging federal prosecutors from bringing charges of marijuana-related […]
SB 845, among other things, would give our office the recreational marijuana forecast responsibility. While not current law yet, we went ahead and produced such a forecast for the first time in our most recent quarterly forecast. What follows below the fold is an extended summary of our forecast work, including lots of pictures, I […]
The Department of Revenue processed $6.84 million in marijuana tax payments through the end of March.
Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill into law Tuesday that integrates Oregon’s medical and recreational marijuana programs.
EUGENE, Ore.— Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are working with other lawmakers to pave the way for marijuana businesses to get access to bank accounts.
The owners of K-9 Chronic in Springfield, Eric Stevens and Chris Curtiss, said business is booming since they opened six months ago. However, business is bittersweet because they are afraid their success may turn them into targets.
“None of us feel safe even leaving here because we always think that somebody thinks that we have money,” said Stevens. “It would be easy to have a bank. It would be simple.”
According to the owners, running a cash-only business is not only inconvenient, but risky.
“The state puts a requirement that the safe has to be at least 800 pounds or bolted to the ground, so all the product as well as the money has to go in the safe at the end of the night,” said Curtiss.
Senator Wyden said he’s working with Senator Merkley and lawmakers in Colorado and Washington where marijuana is also legal. They sent a letter to federal financial regulators Thursday pressing them to provide banks with clear guidelines.
Marijuana is legal in several states, but many business owners are forced to make business payments with cash because many banks won’t give them access to an account, fearing backlash from the federal government.
“We have got to make it possible for people at these lawful businesses to be able to use banks,” said Senator Wyden.
Stevens and Curtiss said new guidelines would allow them to focus less on accounting and more on their growing business.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has updated the list of Oregon cities and counties which have prohibited the establishment of licensed recreational marijuana producers, processors,…
February was the first month for medical marijuana dispensaries to remit the taxes they collected on their previous month’s recreational marijuana sales.