One of the things that gives me the most confidence in the success of the Oregon craft cannabis movement, and the Alliance, is the participation of so many brilliant and talented women. Kate Guptill of Eco Firma Farms is all of that and more.
"The plants don’t care I’m female, and neither do the people who enjoy Eco Firma's products. Yes, by the numbers, it is a male dominated industry, but it’s not male dominated in Oregon. Some of the most influential people in the Oregon industry are women. On the whole, we are a new industry—there’s opportunity for women to have a dominating presence."
This week, the Canna Law Blog reports that Craft Cannabis Alliance members East Fork Cultivars and Medicinal Roots played leading roles over the past several weeks in a successful effort to halt proposed regulations that would have shut down fully licensed and compliant producers operating on land zoned Rural Residential.
The Craft Cannabis Alliance is a values-driven industry association whose mission is to define, promote, and celebrate authentic Oregon craft cannabis. Though it has only recently launched, it already counts many of Oregon’s most important local brands among its members, and looks poised to help lead a craft cannabis movement both within the industry and among consumers.
Independent craft breweries have flourished in recent decades, as the market share for craft beer has grown by more than 300% since 2009. But recently, international beverage giants like In-Bev Anheuser Busch, makers of Budweiser, and Constellation Brands, makers of Corona, have begun acquiring a stable of well-known, formerly independent craft brands like Ballast Point, 10 Barrel, and Goose Hollow. Armed with a portfolio of formerly craft names (the Brewers Association calls them “crafty”), and backed by the enormous marketing budgets and powerful distribution networks, the conglomerates have begun pushing truly independent brands off of hard-won shelf space, threatening independent brewers’ access to markets and limiting, once again, consumer choice.
It is no secret that the recommendations of the DoJ's Task Force on Crime Reduction, due on Attorney General Sessions' desk by July 27th, were slated to address potential Federal responses to state-legal adult use cannabis markets. And it is no secret that AG Sessions would very much like to drag the 8 states with legal markets, and the 20% of the US population living in those states, back into the dark days of Prohibition. What IS a secret, apparently, are the recommendations themselves. But it is vital that the legal industry, and the state governments overseeing that industry, are prepared to defend those legal markets and those participating in them from any federal effort to subvert them. Yesterday, US Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon called on Sessions to make the recommendations public. Thank you, Senator, for standing up on this. Senator Wyden's press release below:
The Senate Appropriations Committee struck a blow yesterday for medical cannabis patients and those who serve them when they voted to extend the Rohrbacher-Farr amendment. The amendment, which has been in place since 2014, forbids the Department of Justice and their "beleaguered" Attorney General Jeff Sessions from spending resources to prosecute MMJ providers operating under color of state law. Sessions, who lobbied both publicly and privately for authority to do so, is not having a good week.
We are thrilled to welcome our newest Craft Cannabis Alliance members, Lightscale Labs. Brothers Jesse and Justin Ouellette are smart, funny, and engaging, and their team is first rate, top to bottom. But more than that, they are committed to helping build and support the kind of industry that Oregon can be proud of.
On Friday, June 30th, more than 100 people, including craft cannabis producers and processors, allied businesses and aficionados, gathered for our Craft Cannabis Alliance event at the Wild River Pub, todiscuss craft cannabis and its future in Oregon.
Southern Oregon is home to some of the best cannabis growers in the world, and the region will be a driving force in the future of craft cannabis. Come spend an evening with old friends and new, beer and pizza included, as we hear from some of the top experts in the field on issues such as preserving cannabis biodiversity, extended terpene and cannabinoid profiling, educing overhead through sustainable practices, and the importance of organizing and promoting the local craft industry.