The Chronicles August/September

Contaminated marijuana still reaches Oregon consumers

State confirms ‘mixed’ results from independent test

Nine months after Oregon issued the toughest rules in the nation to keep pesticide-tainted marijuana off store shelves, the state acknowledged that some contaminated products continue to reach consumers.

The admission underscores the tricky work of effectively regulating a plant long tied to illegal pesticide use.

The independent tests produced mixed results that reflect the frustration of regulators, state-licensed testing labs and makers of the marijuana products themselves.


Bill aimed at Oregon medical marijuana gets committee nod

Proposed law would breathe life into ailing state program

Medical marijuana growers would be able to sell up to 20 pounds of their crop into Oregon’s recreational market under a bill that has advanced in the Legislature.

House Bill 2198 is another stab by lawmakers at reshaping Oregon’s older, but troubled, medical marijuana program so it can coexist with the booming new recreational market — and doesn’t run afoul of federal authorities.

Source: Oregon Business Journal


American Cannabis Company complaint ignored in Medford

Breidenthal flouts legal action against same-name business

Attorneys for the publicly traded American Cannabis Company filed a cease-and-desist order against Doug Breidenthal’s American Cannabis Company in Medford.

In defiance of the order, Breidenthal placed a new sign on the Medford property proclaiming the name “American Cannabis Company.” The Denver-based corporation claims copyright of the name.

Letters sent to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Breidenthal’s attorney and Breidenthal, himself, for comment on his actions have been ignored, an indication that Breidenthal considers himself above the law and the OLCC!


Dispensary’s advertising runs afoul of city

‘Cannaquins’ cost store owner $3,000 in fines

The Portland Tribune reported that an Oregon dispensary owner has been fined $3,000 by the City of Wood Village, Ore., for setting up mannequins on the sidewalk to advertise his cannabis. These blond “cannaquins” are animated and brandish “Got Chronic” signs at potential clients. This apparently was a no-no.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission advertising rules:

  • That contains deceptive, false or misleading statements;
  • That contains any content that targets minors, such as images of minors, cartoons, toys, etc.;
  • That encourages the transportation of cannabis across state lines;
  • That asserts that cannabis items are safe because they are regulated by the OLCC and have been tested by a lab;
  • That claims recreational cannabis has curative or therapeutic effects;
  • That displays the consumption of marijuana items;
  • That contains material that encourages excessive or rapid consumption; or
  • That contains material that encourages the use of marijuana because of its intoxicating effect.

*The OLCC’s stated goal is to prevent cannabis advertising that is attractive to minors, promotes excessive use, promotes illegal activity or presents a significant risk to public health and safety. More specifically, cannabusinesses cannot advertise cannabis in any way.


Portland startup steps up with home cannabis delivery

Kush Cart is one of city’s first online-only suppliers

By Jonathan Rainbo

Supplying cannabis when it’s most needed is the mission of one of Portland’s newest and most exciting cannabis startups.

Kush Cart is one of Portland’s first online-only dispensaries for citywide cannabis home delivery. Users can quickly, safely and conveniently browse and order a full range of Oregon’s top cannabis products without any of the hassles of a store-front dispensary. Delivery time is guaranteed in less than two hours, raising the standards of cannabis consumption for both recreational consumers and connoisseurs.

The diverse leadership team of Kush Cart — including folks from Hispanic, Asian, and other communities — is building sustainable partnerships with some of Oregon’s most popular and trusted cannabis brands. Kush Cart also is working toward staging informative and engaging events with Sativa Science Club and NW Cannabis Club that promote the positive culture of legal cannabis.

Whatever your recreational or medicinal needs, Kush Cart provides a relaxing, convenient purchasing experience while increasing awareness and driving the enlightened use of cannabis in Portland.


Medford collective fills niche for harvest, distribution

Jefferson Packing House facility is secure, climate-controlled

Cannabis farmers’ flowers have a new home in Medford.

Jefferson Packing House is a collective that offers industrial-level harvest and distribution services. Its team of licensed workers provide precision drying, curing and manicuring of cannabis crops. Climate-controlled storage facilitates long-distance deliveries.

Promoting peace of mind and security for producers, Jefferson Packing House also is centralized, consistent resource for buyers.


National news

Marijuana legalization fuels black market in other states

Rise in domestic smuggling coincides with fewer seizures at U.S. borders

Marijuana smugglers are growing and shipping vast quantities of illicit cannabis across the United States.

They’re mailing it, driving it and, in at least one case, flying it around in skydiving planes. They’re hiding it in truck beds and trunks and vacuum-sealing it to hide the smell as they pass police officers patrolling the interstates.

Many are starting in states, such as Colorado, where growing marijuana is legal and then sending the drug elsewhere.

In June, Colorado prosecutors said they busted a 74-person operation producing 100 pounds of marijuana per month — enough to generate $200,000 monthly, tax-free, for more than four years.

Less marijuana is crossing the U.S. border, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. The agency’s marijuana seizures dropped by almost half between 2011 and 2016, falling from 2.5 million pounds to 1.3 million pounds.


MassRoots focuses business model for regulated cannabis industry

Compliance software links users to Facebook accounts

MassRoots announced that the point-of-sale and compliance software platform it is acquiring, expected to fully close Aug. 5, has been rebranded as MassRoots Retail. Previously known as Odava, MassRoots is prioritizing resources toward its software solutions for licensed dispensaries and connecting its community of over 1 million of the world’s top cannabis enthusiasts with the best products and strains in regulated markets.

“We believe Facebook is the undisputed leader in social networking and rather than trying to compete, we are focusing our efforts on better connecting our users with the best licensed dispensaries and products. Soon, users will also be able to login to MassRoots with their Facebook accounts,” stated MassRoots Chief Executive Officer Isaac Dietrich. “Our business model is expanding to include contractually obligated, monthly, recurring revenue through providing cannabis-related businesses with the software they need to stay in compliance and streamline operations.”


CBD-based products play major role in legal cannabis

Industry’s sales value projected to top $1.8 billion within 3 years

A research report published by the Hemp Business Journal and Vote Hemp estimates that the total retail value of hemp products sold in the United States in 2016 was $688 million. Hemp CBD, a category with $130 million in sales and growing at a 53-percent AGR, have contributed significantly to the $688 million in total sales, according to the report. The hemp industry is projected to reach a value of $1.8 billion in sales by 2020, and the most popular products are hemp food, body care and CBD-based products.


Douglas H. Leighton Joins

Legal industry’s largest online platform gains investor, advisory board member, the nation’s largest online platform for the legal cannabis industry, announced that Douglas H. Leighton has joined them as an investor and advisory board member.

Douglas H. Leighton, a seasoned industry expert in both capital management and business development in the cannabis sector, was appointed to the board in an effort to grow within the cannabis sector and to advise in structure and market expansion.



‘Can’t-miss’ events

Cannabis Science Conference

Oregon Convention Center

777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland

From 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 28, to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug 30

The 2017 event boasts 60,000 square feet of exhibit-hall space and 20,000 square feet of meeting space for keynote presentations and discussion groups.

Doug Benson

5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15

Helium Comedy Club

1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., Portland


Oregon Marijuana Business Conference

Sunday, Nov. 19

OMBC is returning to Ashland. Learn why it’s more important than ever to keep up with medical marijuana and what your options are for Oregon’s recreational market.