New Regulations For Oregon Hemp Come Down

As of January 5, The Oregon Liquor Control Commission(OLCC) is enacting new rules for hemp regulation. Hemp was previously regulated by The Department of Agriculture. The new law left hemp in a state of limbo from the end of 2017 until today, when the new rules were officially announced. The new state law requires hemp growers or processors to obtain an OLCC certificate to bring their products into the OLCC system. Also, OLCC-licensed marijuana processors will need a special endorsement to process hemp. The Oregon Department of Agriculture already licenses hemp growers, processors (called handlers) and seed providers. The state […]

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California Marijuana Laws

California Marijuana Laws, We Point Out The Details

California Marijuana Laws – In California, New Year’s Day 2018 brought more than just a hangover and a handful of half-baked resolutions. It brought sweeping change as the state’s much-anticipated Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act fully comes into effect. Passed by voters in November 2016, Proposition 64 legalized recreational cannabis for people 21 and older. The initiative allowed for possessing, transporting, and sharing up to an ounce of cannabis and eight grams of cannabis concentrate, as well as growing as many as six plants at home. But unlike other states that have legalized weed, California has more than […]

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OLCC Regulations Regarding Transfers

New OLCC Regulations Regarding Transfer for Testing

OLCC Regulations Regarding Transfers – The Oregon Liquor Control Commision has released new guidelines for how producers/processors can legally transfer product to be tested for cups, etc. Bulletin CE2017-16 covers the following issues: Competitions and Promotional Events Competitions and Promotional Events The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been receiving an increase in questions regarding how licensees can enter into Cup Competitions and remain in compliance with recreational marijuana laws and rules. Although you may have entered Cup Competitions in the past as an Oregon Medical Marijuana Program registrant, the allowances in the OLCC system may differ from what you are […]

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Ohio Universities Medical Marijuana Testing

Ohio Universities Are Supposed To Test MMJ, But They Don’t Want To

Ohio Universities Medical Marijuana Testing – Part of the agreements when Ohio legalized medical marijuana was that their universities would be the ones doing testing for quality and other factors. This is theoretically a nice idea, except they don’t want to. It’s actually a bit more complicated than not wanting to: it’s more like caught up in the tensions between state and federal law. Universities often depend on both federal and state grants and funding. Agreeing to do testing on medical marijuana could potentially jeopardize the federal dollars they rely on. The current view of the federal government is that marijuana […]

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ORELAP Labs Not Ready For Oregon Producers / Processors

Needless to say, things have not been going smoothly when it comes down to getting new cannabis products on dispensary shelves after the new regulations went into place this past Saturday October 1st.  Under new regulations mandated by both OHA and OLCC, any company that wants to sell their product to a dispensary needs to have that product tested by an ORELAP certified lab. This opens up a bevy of complicated issues for growers and processors. To start off, there are not enough ORELAP accredited labs in Oregon.  Labs have been trying for months to get their accreditation, but due […]

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October 1st Compliance Clarification for Medical Marijuana Dispensaries and Processors

With the new rules that just came into play, some clarification on what is changing and what to expect for the rest of the year is good to establish. Based on the informational bulletin sent out earlier in the week by Governor Kate Brown, here’s a brief overview of what’s going on with the compliance deadline. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Program’s (OMMP) compliance deadline was October 1, 2016, this impacted testing, labeling, packaging, and concentration/serving size. The OMMP did not push back the compliance deadline date in relation to any of these items but did make a few modest modifications in the […]

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licensed oregon recreational marijuana shops open

Licensed Oregon Recreational Marijuana Shops Now Open

The OLCC approved licenses for 26 recreational marijuana shops on Sept. 30, as well as modified rules regarding state licensee testing requirements and labeling and packaging restrictions. Approved marijuana shops were finally able to open their doors for business and sell recreational marijuana Oct. 1 according to Cannabis Business Times. The OLCC established temporary changes to lab testing rules to decrease the stress experienced by labs able to test recreational marijuana products. Out of the 26 licensed marijuana shops who were approved, 12 were able to open Saturday, according to Steve Marks, executive director of the OLCC, in a conference call with reporters Sept. 30.  According […]

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oregon cannabis testing deadlines

Push back on the October 1st deadlines for cannabis testing

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that a marijuana industry group is asking Oregon lawmakers to push back the October 1st deadlines for the state’s new cannabis testing, packaging and labeling rules by at least 30 days, calling the rules more than unbeatable opponent. Last week the Oregon Cannabis Association asked the joint committee that oversees marijuana rules for a time extension in order to meet regulations about cannabis testing, packaging and labeling. Oregon Cannabis Association attorney Amy Margolis says many businesses simply aren’t ready to comply and can’t afford to shut down while they get everything in order. “This extension is crucial for the survival of many, many […]

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irish pharmaceutical startup cannabis research

Irish pharmaceutical startup receives funding for cannabis research

The Irish pharmaceutical startup GreenLight Medicines has secured €500,000 in funding from a pool of Irish investors in order to further research cannabis extracts. The phase-two funding comes after an initial €100,000 seed investment into the company that is looking to use the marijuana extracts to cure illnesses, according to Independent IE. GreenLight won’t actually be using or consuming marijuana to conduct their study and research but instead will be using CBD hemp oil, which is legal. CBD includes cannabinoids, the part of the plant that may be able to treat a variety of diseases but is not psychoactive. The Wicklow-based company was founded and […]

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Washington Agencies will Test Marijuana for Pesticides

Washington State Agencies will Test Marijuana for Pesticides

New Cannabis Ventures says that the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and Washington State Department of Agriculture will be working together to test marijuana for illegal pesticides, the two agencies announced Thursday. The WSLCB will pay for the specialized equipment necessary to test for pesticides and two WSDA employees who will be committed to performing pesticide tests. This agreement is for pesticide enforcement, random testing and testing when illegal pesticides are suspected. The agreement is for pesticide enforcement, random testing and testing when illegal pesticides are suspected. “This agreement will significantly expand the state’s ability to test for pesticides,” said […]

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