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US Attorney Providing Price Support for Oregon Cannabis

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MARIJUANA POLITICS – The News Source For an Informed Citizenry Post by Don Fitch

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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June 26 – Morning Headlines

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Headlines

Yes your honor, it’s officially a catch and release policy at the Lane County Jail.
  • Kids Scale Trees Outside Hayward Field
    As world class athletes sprinted towards london kids are having fun just hanging outside Hayward. The Pacific Tree Climbing Institute tied ropes to an old tree outside the field. It’s all part of a demonstration of what the institute do..

Keep Current: – EDN Headline News, Sports and Weather

Tim Chuey Weather:

Today we will see quite a bit of sunshine with a good chance of more showers. We will dry out a bit mid week, then the chance of showers will return.

High: 77
Low: 45
Forecast: showers

An upper level low is siting off the Oregon coast spinning showers toward us from the South producing some pretty serious rainfalls. A frontal system will approach the Pacific Northwest about midweek, weak high pressure will take over after that, then another frontal system returns more clouds and the chance for showers on Saturday. The pollen count will stay high enough when the showers taper off to bother those athletes who are allergic. So far, at least, we don’t have smoke from wildfires or grass field burning as we did during the previous Olympic Trials held here.

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The pollen count for the Eugene-Springfield area is:
Grass- High (80)
Trees- Moderate (27)
Data from Oregon Allergy Associates www.oregonallergyassociates.com.
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Forecast for the Southern and lower Mid Willamette Valley including Eugene-Springfield and Albany-Corvallis: A mix of clouds and sun with a good (50%) chance of showers today (0.10 in. of rain possible), partly cloudy with patchy fog late tonight and Wednesday AM, mostly sunny and warmer Wednesday afternoon, partly cloudy Wednesday night, partly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Thursday afternoon and Thursday night lows 45-54 highs 65-77 cooling to 74 Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers  Friday AM, a (30%) chance of showers Friday afternoon through Saturday night, a mix of clouds and sun with a (30%) chance of showers Sunday AM, a slight (20%) chance of showers in the afternoon, mostly cloudy with a slight (20%) chance of showers Sunday night, then a mix of clouds and sun with a slight (20%) chance of showers Monday highs 75-72 lows 54-48. (seasonal averages high 76 low 49)

Because weather forecasting is a combination of science, intuition, and timing there can be no absolute guarantees that individual forecasts will be 100% accurate. Nature is in a constant state of flux and sudden unexpected weather events can happen.

Keep Current on the Weather: timchueyweather4u.com

16th Ranked Ducks Blank Portland State 3-0

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Oregon’s 16th ranked volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-21) blanking of Portland State (4-5) Tuesday evening at Matthew Knight Arena. The victory improved the Duck’s season mark to 6-1.

Outside hitter Alaina Bergsma and middle blocker Ariana Williams each posted 10 kills to lead the Ducks, who were never really threatened by the Vikings.

Haley Jacob’s 17 digs was tops for the Ducks, paving the way to a 61-47 team advantage. That defensive advantage has been a theme so far this year; it was the fifth consecutive whitewash for Oregon. The Ducks haven’t dropped a set since the second match of the season.

Lauren Plum dished out 33 assists directing the Oregon offense and added 10 assists for her ninth career double-double.

“I thought Lauren Plum played great tonight …” Moore said. “She dug a lot of balls, she had a lot of energy … I am most happy she had energy, she dug balls, she did the things she was supposed to.”

Oregon’s forward block smothered the Viking offense, holding the visitors to a paltry .077 hitting percentage.

The Vikings held a lead only once, at 2-1 in the opening minutes but Oregon rallied on five straight points and never trailed again.

Moore and his squad have a full week of practice to work out the kinks before facing Cal-Poly next Tuesday at Matthew Knight Arena. So what to work on before then?

“We need to improve on everything,” Moore said. “We have been pretty good offensively but we weren’t tonight. Serving… I’m growing impatient I guess is the only way to describe that. We will spend the rest of this week and next week to get ourselves situated so we get back to serving smart as well as tough. We have to get better.”

Rick Morgan for EDN