Oregon

Tue
30
Nov

Police clearance rates for violent crimes improves after cannabis legalization: Study

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"Legalization may contribute to an environment that positively affects police officers’ performance in solving serious crimes."

Police solved more violent crimes in Oregon after cannabis was legalized, states a new study from The International Journal of Drug Policy.

Oregon legalized cannabis in 2014 and the study tracked crime reports from 2007 to 2017.

Tue
09
Nov

Migrant Cannabis Workers In Oregon: Squalid Conditions Amid Illegal Cultivation Boom

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Thousands of immigrants working on southern Oregon's illegal marijuana farms are living in squalid conditions, reported Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), prompting Jackson County and Douglas County to declare a state of emergency. County officials requested state funding and other resources, including deployment of the National Guard, to enforce cannabis laws. (Article originally appeared on Benzinga)

Oregon State Rep. Lily Morgan noted that some of the workers have no identification papers, do not speak English and have no food.

Fri
05
Nov

Landowners warned about renting to illegal pot growers

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Warning included in Jackson County property tax bills

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is warning property owners they could face huge fines and even criminal charges if they lease their land to people growing illegal marijuana.

The warning letter by Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler went out with this fall’s property tax bills.

Josephine County also sent out a warning in its property tax bills this fall, telling property owners they could lose their land through civil forfeiture for illegally growing marijuana or allowing someone else to do it.

Sickler said the Rogue Valley has seen a massive influx of cannabis cultivation over the last year. While most growers are following regulations and doing the right thing, many are not.

Tue
02
Nov

Oregon Authorities Link Illicit Pot Farms to Mexican Cartels

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Oregon authorities are trying to shut down any illicit cannabis grows with ties to Mexican cartels.

Law enforcement officers and other authorities in southern Oregon say that a rash of illegal marijuana cultivation operations in the area are linked to Mexican drug cartels intent on overwhelming local resources as a strategy to maximize profits. 

In Jackson County, officials declared a state of emergency last month and said that the proliferation of illicit pot farms had strained local law enforcement and other resources. In a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown and state lawmakers, the Jackson County Board Commissioners called for more funding and personnel to support law enforcement and code compliance efforts in the area. 

Thu
28
Oct

Marijuana,The Drought Boogeyman

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When it comes to farm crops, hemp and marijuana aren't the water hogs.

If you are reading this, it is likely that you have also read a recent rash of Oregon and national media outlets bemoaning the criminal marijuana conspiracy that is consuming Southern and Central Oregon's water.

"'Blatant theft': Illegal pot farms in Oregon taking drought-stricken state's scarce water," screamed Eugene's The Register-Guard on Sept. 17 above an Associated Press story by Andrew Selsky. Less than a month later, on Oct. 13, Selsky wrote a follow-up of sorts, which made its way to The Washington Post: "Overwhelmed by Illegal Pot, Oregon County Declares Emergency."

Mon
25
Oct

State officials ask Oregonians to share how illegal hemp, cannabis grows affect them

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OUTHERN OREGON, Ore. — State and county officials are hoping to hear from Southern Oregon residents on the impacts of illegal hemp and cannabis grows have on their communities.

On Tuesday, Oregon State Rep. Pam Marsh is hosting the virtual community forum to discuss the issues which have increased with the illegal cultivations, including water usage, working conditions, and permitting.

“There is a real sense of concern that so many operations seem to have a level of comfort in running illegal operations within our community, it is shocking, and I think it’s not acceptable,” Marsh said.

The issue has become so severe, Jackson County declared a state of an emergency on October 13 over the increase in illegal cannabis farms throughout the region.

Thu
14
Oct

Cannabis commerce company Dutchie doubles valuation following new funding round

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Dutchie, a four-year-old, Bend, Oregon company that charges cannabis dispensaries a monthly fee to create and run their websites and manage orders, is on a roll this year, raising its second large round of funding — this time a $350 million Series D at a $3.75 billion valuation. (Photo Credit: Dutchie/Dutchie Co-founders Ross Lipson and Zach Lipson)

The new valuation is more than double what was announced in March when Dutchie brought in $200 million in Series C funding at a $1.7 billion valuation. At the time, the valuation was roughly eight times the $200 million valuation the company had after closing on $35 million in Series B funding last August.

Thu
14
Oct

Marijuana legalization used to right wrongs from drug war

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 Nearly a decade after the first states approved recreational cannabis, righting wrongs from the drug war --including making the business accessible to minorities -- is driving implementation across the country.

The wave of recent legalizations in the Midwest and on the East Coast have made social equity a key component of their new regulatory frameworks. Western states that legalized the drug earlier are also following suit.

Thu
14
Oct

Illegal marijuana farms prompt Oregon county to declare state of emergency

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 A county in southern Oregon says it's so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms that it declared a state of emergency Wednesday, appealing to the governor and the Legislature's leaders for help.

Wed
13
Oct

Oregon State University Hemp Center Receives $10M Grant

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The Global Hemp Innovation Center at Oregon State University announced last week that it has received a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and define the economic opportunities for hemp in the western United States. 

Provided by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Sustainable Agricultural Systems grant program, OSU scientists plan to use the funding to partner with eight institutions across the country in a five-year research program.

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