Federal cannabis prohibition is ending. And while Oregon has legalized its market sooner than others, interstate transfer is inevitable. The only question is when. We call for our leaders to support interstate cannabis transfers as soon as it is safe and practical to do so.
Oversupply and illicit cannabis production are interconnected problems, but to address either, we must recognize that Oregon and California are natural producer-states, that with normalized markets our cannabis is a bounty, not a problem, and that interstate export - and soon - is the answer that everyone is looking for.
Federal prohibition is dying, but it could still take three years, or five years, or seven years to make it official. In the meantime, there is no reason for the federal government to prevent legal states from moving product between their tracking systems via licensed distributors. Allowing states like Oregon and California to send their excess product into other legal markets, while eliminating the need for newly legal states like New York to create even more redundant production capacity, and will go a long way towards reducing the flow of cannabis into illicit markets.
Everyone in the Oregon industry knows that we are facing an oversupply problem. Too many growers for too small a market. The result is that tons of world class flower, less expensively and more sustainably grown than most legal cannabis sold anywhere, is sitting in bins, virtually un-sellable. People argue for fewer licenses, and that would help. But Oregon is a natural exporter of cannabis, and the answer lies in allowing us to share this bounty with the world (or at least with other legal states.)
In Oregon, craft is more than a buzzword. Whether it’s craft beer, or artisan wine, or craft distilling, or cannabis, Oregonians place a premium on world-class products made by people who care. Now, a group of leading Oregon cannabis companies are coming together to help cannabis lovers find and support authentic craft products, made by Oregon-owned companies dedicated to clean product, sustainable methods, ethical employment practices, community engagement, and ending the failed drug war.
This week, the Craft Cannabis Alliance announced its founding board of directors, a group that includes the leaders of some of Oregon’s most well-known brands, as this mission-driven industry association prepares to move from start-up to action.
Had a great time talking with host Wayne Schwind, CEO of Periodic Edibles, on this week's Periodic Effects podcast. We covered a lot of ground, including the future of craft cannabis and the Oregon industry, the rescinding of the Cole Memo, and the path to federal legalization by 2021. Thanks so much to Wayne and his crew. Check it out!
Marijuana Today is a national podcast, but this week we focus a lot on Oregon, where we discuss the OLCC's Go-Legal campaign and the future of the Oregon cannabis industry. Also, a special segment with Adam and Kris Lotlikar on the occasion of the 1,000th weekly issue of the "Drug War Chronicle" (formerly The Week Online) the nation's first and longest-running drug policy reform publication, that Adam launched way back in 1997.