OR Legislature passes interstate trade bill

OR Legislature passes interstate trade bill

In a harbinger of the future of the cannabis industry, the Oregon Legislature today passed a measure that will allow the governor to enter into agreements with other states for the licensed transfer of cannabis between legal markets. Senate Bill 582, which passed the House in a bipartisan vote of 42 to 17, would take effect when the federal government signals that it will tolerate interstate trade in cannabis. The bill now goes to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for her signature.

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Oregon Senate Passes Licensed Interstate Transfer Bill

Oregon Senate Passes Licensed Interstate Transfer Bill

The Oregon State Senate today approved a bill that would set the stage for cannabis sales between legal states. Senate Bill 582 allows Oregon’s governor to enter into agreements with other states for the licensed interstate transfer of cannabis as soon as the federal government, which has long banned interstate trade in cannabis, indicates that such transactions would no longer be subject to prosecution under federal law.

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Breaking news! Oregon export bill advances!

Breaking news! Oregon export bill advances!

This morning, the Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee sent Oregon’s cannabis export bill (SB 582) to the floor on a bipartisan 5-2 vote. The vote brings Oregon one step closer to being the first state to lay the groundwork for the licensed interstate transfer of cannabis to other legal states.

From the Portland Business Journal:

A bill that would allow Oregon cannabis to be sold outside the state — pending federal approval — passed a legislative committee Wednesday.

Senate Bill 582 comes in response to an Oregon cannabis glut that has sent prices plummeting and raised fears that growers could turn to lucrative illegal out-of-state markets.

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Farmers know: the future of cannabis is not 50+ isolated industries

Farmers know: the future of cannabis is not 50+ isolated industries

A note from CCA founder and director Adam J. Smith

I was thrilled to be invited to address the directors and secretaries of agriculture for 50 states and four territories as part of the only cannabis panel at the 2019 NASDA Winter Policy Conference — and an honor to share the stage with Scheril Murray Powell Esq., President of Green Sustainable Strong in Florida, and Massachusetts Cannabis Commissioner Kay Doyle.

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Legislative alert! Oppose the canopy tax

Legislative alert! Oppose the canopy tax

House Bill 2382 would allow certain counties to impose a tax of up to $1 per square foot on marijuana production.  This coming Monday, March 11th, there will be a hearing on the bill in the Revenue subcommittee of the House Economic Development Committee.

Such a tax would be onerous, if not ruinous for the local industry, and we must make sure that it doesn't pass.  But we should also recognize that bills such as this will be a regular occurrence unless producer counties are given the resources they need to deal with the expenses that adult use, medical, and unregistered production impose on them.

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Telling Oregon's story on Capitol Hill

Telling Oregon's story on Capitol Hill

A note from CCA founder and director Adam J. Smith

It was so powerful to be on Capitol Hill and around DC last week, sharing real Oregon craft stories like that of Rhea and Matthew Miller of Millerville Farms in Takilma. Matthew's family has been in the Illinois Valley for 60 years, and he is a second generation grower. His dad, in fact, served time for production, and today Matthew is responsible for introducing some of the region's most important genetics. The Millers, who made the decision to move from Medical to Rec after Measure 91, are struggling like everyone else and need access to markets where their products can sell for a fair price.

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To Discuss Oversupply, We Must Discuss Export

To Discuss Oversupply, We Must Discuss Export

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.

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New York Governor Cuomo Looking for Legalization Plan – He Should Look West

New York Governor Cuomo Looking for Legalization Plan – He Should Look West

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.

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It's Time To Start Talking About State-To-State Transfers

Craft Cannabis Alliance founder Adam J. Smith has an Op-Ed today in the Portland Business Journal on the need to allow licensed transfers of cannabis between legal states.

Allowing legal state-to-legal state transfer of cannabis would reduce the illicit market on the west coast (and nationally) and save hundreds of companies and thousands of jobs.  It will also save the locally owned Oregon industry from being crushed and swallowed up by deep pocketed out of state and international corporations.

https://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2018/05/02/guest-opinionwhy-its-time-to-let-oregon-cannabis.html

Too Much of a Great Thing

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.)

http://www.wweek.com/news/2018/04/18/oregon-grew-more-cannabis-than-customers-can-smoke-now-shops-and-farmers-are-left-with-mountains-of-unwanted-bud/

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Craft Cannabis Alliance Announces Founding Board of Directors

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.

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CCA Founder Adam Smith on Periodic Effects podcast

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!

www.periodiceffects.com/episodes/e023

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CCA Director Adam J. Smith on Marijuana Today Podcast - Oregon, our Oregon

CCA Director Adam J. Smith on Marijuana Today Podcast - Oregon, our Oregon

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.

http://mjtodaypodcast.com/episode-175-marijuana-rises-alcohol-falls/

 

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CCA Members Featured in OLCC's "Go Legal" Campaign

This week, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates cannabis, launches its "Go Legal" campaign with a series of videos featuring some of the industry's leading companies and entrepreneurs.

Hannah Hayes of Oregon Coast Cannabis, Christine Smith of Gron Chocolates, (sorry Christine, I can't figure out how to get Squarespace to do the umlaut), Antonio Harvey of Terra Mater Craft Cannabis, Cedar Grey of Siskiyou Sungrown, and Noah Stokes of The Cannabis Distribution Company all represent the industry, and in particular the craft industry, beautifully.

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Giving Thanks in a Time of Drug War

Twenty years ago, I wrote this piece as my Thanksgiving editorial for The Week Online, a publication that I launched, wrote, edited and published for its first 137 issues.  It was the nation's first online news magazine covering domestic and international drug policy from a reform perspective.  That publication, which was later re-named "The Drug War Chronicles" will soon publish it's 1,000th issue.

A lot has changed in drug policy since Thanksgiving 1997, but far too much has not. And today, under the current administration, we are threatening to reverse the important progress that has been made towards a more rational and humane approach toward drugs of all kinds. And so I leave this Thanksgiving editorial here as a reminder that while things have gotten better, the drug war, and the movement to end it, is far from over.

Giving Thanks in a Time of Drug War

- Adam J Smith, November 23, 1997

If neither you nor someone you love has had to decide between the relief of pain, the suppression of life-threatening nausea, or the loss of sight, and the prospect of risking arrest and conviction under state or federal marijuana laws, give thanks.

If neither you nor someone you love has had the experience of armed agents of the state kicking in your door, terrorizing your home's occupants and damaging your personal property, give thanks.

 If neither you nor someone you love has contracted injection-related AIDS, or Hepatitis, because there was no legal source of clean needles for themselves or a present or past sexual partner or a parent, give thanks.

 If neither you nor someone you love has been the victim of Prohibition-related violence or crime, give thanks.

 If neither your child nor another child that you love has been lured by the siren song of the black market, or by gangs, or been shot at by a law enforcement agent for being in the wrong place at the wrong time (and for being the wrong color), or been saddled with a life-long criminal record for youthful experimentation, or been banished from school for possession of an aspirin, or been tried in court as an adult, give thanks.

If neither you nor someone you love has had property taken by the state without so much as being charged with an offense, give thanks.

If neither you nor someone you love has had to suffer the indignity of urinating in a cup, on demand, for the privilege of maintaining menial employment, give thanks.

 If neither you nor someone you love has sought drug treatment and found that it was unavailable to those of modest means save through the processes of the criminal justice system, give thanks.

If you and everyone that you love can go through this list and be thankful for each and every entry, know that you are among a shrinking group of Americans who have managed to avoid some of the most common consequences of the War on Drugs.

But know too, that your tax dollars, in ever-increasing amounts, are helping to make the number of citizens like you smaller each year.

So give thanks. But remember too that there is work to be done. Happy Thanksgiving.

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Members in the News: Kate Guptill of Eco Firma Farms

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.

She spoke recently with Viridelife.com.

"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."

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