Cannabis in Mexico: FREE Webinar Tomorrow, January 28!

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Mexico will soon be the largest country in the world to legalize cannabis and now is the time to start preparing for that.

Join Harris Bricken, in partnership with Mexico-based law firm, Lawgic, for a FREE hour-long, Q&A webinar tomorrow, Thursday, January 28th, at 12pm PT to learn about cannabis legalization in Mexico and how you can best position yourself to take advantage of it. The panel will be moderated by international cannabis and hemp CBD attorney, Nathalie Bougenies. Adrián Cisneros Aguilar, our lead Mexico cannabis law attorney, will join Lawgic’s Aldo Ricardo Rodríguez Cortés and Roberto Ibarra López to answer your questions.

During this webinar, we will discuss how businesses and investors can participate in Mexico’s soon to be booming cannabis and hemp industries. The panelists will answer the following questions during the webinar:

  • What is the current situation concerning cannabis legalization in Mexico?
  • How imminent is legalization?
  • What can be done now (before legalization occurs) and what can be done once the market is fully legal?
  • What are the major business opportunities for domestic and international companies?
  • What links in Mexico’s cannabis supply chain will be best for foreign investment?
  • What are the main issues for domestic and international businesses relating to cannabis imports, sales and marketing?
  • What should you and your company be doing in Mexico NOW to prepare for when legalization takes place?

The panelists will spend the final 15 minutes answering attendee questions. We will have more than 1,000 registrants so please send us your questions in advance of this event so we can eventually answer all of them here on the blog or in a subsequent session.

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‘Dirt Is Inert, Soil Is Alive’

It’s a dreary late-November day at Alter Farms and Cody Alter is ecstatic. No, not because of the 3,000 plus cannabis trees he and the crew were able to tackle before the rains came. Nor was it the fresh batch of seeds they collected from hand-pollinated varietals. For Alter, the excitement is in the soil.

“We planted our cover crop a little late but it sprouted and by spring these rows will be knee high in vegetation,” Alter says. “We are constantly growing something in our soil, the continuous growth maintains the microbial communities.”

I lean down and stick my hand into the soft earth, layered loosely with decomposing leaf matter and speckled with the tiny seedlings.

“This is some nice looking dirt,” I say.

From the look on Alter’s face, I can tell I’ve said something silly.

“Dirt is inert, soil is alive,” he responds with a grin.

Cody Alter examines the soil. Alter Farms sends soil samples in for regular testing to ensure it contains the right mineral balance for optimal plant growth.

This is my second trip to the licensed recreational cannabis producer outside Grants Pass, Oregon. I had visited earlier in the fall with my wife, a mycologist, who was tasked to sample root tips on the farm for fungal diversity. During that visit, we were blown away by the size and consistency of their acre of canopy, packed with vibrant bushes of colorful colas and buzzing with biodiversity. I had to ask what they fed their plants.

Alter replied proudly with their farm’s motto: “sun, water and soil.”

In an industry fueled by bottled liquid nutrients and heavy chemical fertilizers, it is a rarity to see low-input organic cannabis farming, especially at scale.

A few months later, I returned to the farm to learn some tricks-of-the-trade from Alter and his co-founders, Jason Rambo and Jodi Haines. None of the three 30-somethings match my stereotypical expectations of an organic farmer and neither does their jargon.

Rambo and Haines say they bought the property about three years prior. The grounds are neatly kempt and sprouting garden beds dominate the main field, while two greenhouses, fruit trees and compost piles all claim smaller sections of real estate. A pasture dotted with sheep and goats occupy about a third of the land. The livestock are for meat and their waste is used for compost.

Alter Farms, as viewed from above. The outdoor farm uses cover crops and works to improve the clay soil layer that is common in their growing area by adding all-natural nutrients to the soil.

The trio attributes some of their success to the better part of a decade they’ve spent growing cannabis together. According to Alter, sustainable farming practices have always been a priority. As far as pulling off this season’s massive field of flower with minimal inputs, they say it’s not so simple.

“I’ve done side-by-side comparisons with plants grown in commercial soil mixes and fed bottled chemical nutrients to others grown in a local soil with only top dressing and water,” Alter says. “I noticed a huge difference in flavor and pest resistance and, even though we aren’t able to completely quantify it yet, a more nutritionally complete flower.”

The concept of a nutritionally complete cannabis flower is entirely new to me and takes a few minutes to sink in. We know through scientific research that plants need little more than NPK (nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium) to survive, but if a plant has the option of a complete diet of natural ingredients, won’t it thrive more? Akin to the difference between a greenhouse-grown tomato in a grocery store and a juicy mid-summer varietal grown at home, not all fruits are created equal. The color and shape may be the same, but I can’t shake the feeling one is better for the soul.

All of the founders agree the farm has taken plenty of labor and lots of love. For example, below their land is a common clay soil layer that growers in Southern Oregon refer to as the infamous “red clay death.” While many farmers would truck in hundreds of yards of pre-mixed peat moss, perlite and coco coir to cover the clay soil, Alter Farms took a different approach and worked to improve the clay soil itself.

ETV blooms brightly at Alter Farms.

“Everyone worries about heavy clay soils,” Alter says. “They are mineral rich, but the difficult part is making those minerals available.  We send our samples off for soil nutrient analysis every season and add what we need to allow our plants to uptake what is here.”

It’s only been a few weeks since Alter Farms finished harvesting, and the rows have already been tilled, amended, broad forked, planted with a cover crop and layered with locally collected leaf material.

I ask how much topsoil, sand, pumice or perlite they brought in initially to mix with the clay, and again, I feel as if I’ve said something silly. Their list of soil additives is incredibly short. However, they do admit, almost with shame, that before their first season they had enough forest humus trucked in to cover their rows with about a half-inch of material. Over the last two seasons, they’ve started building their own.

“Our cover crop is a mix of vetch, peas, cereal grains, a couple different mustards and a type of rye that, when we till it in the spring, has a fumigant effect that drives away pathogenic fungi and root-feeding nematodes and symphylans,” Alter says.

He explains that without tilling, the perennial grasses would take over the farm’s garden beds. The cover crop keeps the weeds at bay, adds biomass and restores nitrogen to the soil. In the spring, they till again, add amendments, plant the cannabis and top-dress a few remaining nutrients. Once in the ground, the plants only drink water.

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Cody Alter walks the sprouting field at Alter Farms in November. Continually growing something in the soil helps to restore nitrogen levels.

In the grey gloom of the late fall day, my mind travels back to my previous visit in the sunshine. At the ends of the beds and along fence lines, I saw brightly blooming zinnias, cosmos and sunflowers, with hummingbirds and butterflies sucking their nectar. One entire row was dedicated to herbs and brassicas and a corner of the property covered by a corn and cucurbit patch. The back of the field was dotted with fruit-bearing trees.

Alter Farms’ founders say their land provides enough to feed the crew and supply Haines’ local restaurant, Ma Mosa’s. Their theory is that the cannabis flowers bring beneficial bugs to the farm, and that having a healthy balance of many species will work to persuade any particular pest from taking over.

Even on my return trip to the farm, life is still abundant.

“Our goal is to leave the land healthier than when we arrived,” says Alter. “We are not fertilizer applicators, we are farmers, hands in our soil, and constantly working with and studying the effects of nature.”

I say my goodbyes after the tour. Back in my car, I head down the driveway and an advertisement pops on the radio for a local dispensary offering “Alter Farms Pineapple.” In a region that grows enough cannabis to feed the state and half the nation, I’m happy to hear their name stand out above the pack.

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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Breeding Tropical Genetics With the Hawaiian Seed Company

Hawaii — the name alone evokes glistening visions of paradise; emerald hills and valleys, topaz waterfalls and lagoons, diamond white beaches and shimmering obsidian stretches of volcanic coastline, all sprawled across a sapphire sea and drenched in the floral perfume of perpetual spring.

For lovers of cannabis, that gem-encrusted island cluster possesses an extra layer of allure thanks to the long-standing (and well-earned) reputation it has cultivated where cultivation is concerned. The unfettered fertility of Hawaii’s volcanic soil and the ceaseless beaming of its nearly seasonless sun produce some of the most highly prized agricultural products on Earth, including sugar cane, coffee, pineapple — and yes — cannabis.

Hawaiian bud earned a place in the pantheon of pot during the 1970s, the first golden age of modern ganja. This was long before formal branding was a part of cannabis, but “Maui Wowie” still made a big enough impact to become a global household name. To this day, not only do people still recognize and respond to that name, it’s on the short list of old-school cultivars that are still grown and enjoyed in (roughly) their original form. Bottom line: Hawaiian cannabis is the stuff of legends.

Hawaiian Seed Company co-founder and CEO, River Young, is counting on the tangible expression of that legend in the feeling and flavor of the company’s proprietary genetics to propel the fledgling company to soaring heights.

Powerline 41 is a cross of a Kauai Electric mother plant with a Thunderf*ck father.

Young is no stranger to Hawaiian cultivation. He was raised on Kauai’s North Shore and worked as the manager of a lettuce, tomato and cucumber farm there, giving him an intimate understanding of the unique advantages and challenges of island agriculture.

As far as he’s concerned, finding “the best genetics possible” is the first step in establishing a successful brand.

“We foresee that genetics will ultimately control the growth of cannabis and hemp companies,” Young said. “The genetics here in Hawaii can withstand trade winds and high humidity, so they tend to be tougher strains, meaning people in Florida and other climates with high humidity find them especially appealing.”

But those hardy genetics didn’t just appear from thin air: they’re the result of the fastidious seed hoarding of his business partner, co-founder and head breeder Sol Kahn.

From Bags to Riches

About 25 years ago, in 1994, Kahn planted the literal seeds that would eventually blossom into Hawaiian Seed Company. As is often the case in these stories, they were generally unremarkable bag seeds he just happened to find, but when they bloomed, so did his lifelong passion for cultivation.

“I started breeding in 1994  and I haven’t stopped since,” he said. “I remember exactly what that plant looked and smelled like. It was this light green and orange with popcorn nugs and a very tropical sweetness, like mango. I grew them out, I had some males and grew them all, then realized they crossed and created seeds.”

That simple discovery inspired Kahn to pursue increasingly complex breeding projects in his backyard and at hidden spots up in the mountains, using seeds which he obsessively collected — a habit that Young, a childhood friend, used to laugh at, until it formed the foundation of their company.

Sol Kahn, the head breeder at Hawaiian Seed Company.

“I thought he was completely nuts for collecting seeds all these years and it looks like he was correct — there’s definitely value in those genetics,” Young said.

What started as an eccentric hobby has grown into a massive private stock of cannabis genetics, encompassing over 60,000 seeds, including the heirloom island genetics (and accompanying tropical flavors) that serve as the brand’s signature.

It’s worth noting that, despite the brand’s island roots (and still island-bound leadership team), the official corporate headquarters of Hawaiian Seed Company is in Oregon, where the laws are already in place for this level of cannabis commerce. The company is working towards bringing their company “full circle” with operations in Hawaii, but for now, Oregon provides them not only the legal freedom to operate but a unique space to do so — a former elementary school.

“We didn’t kick any kids out. It was vacant and had moved to a new location,” Kahn said. “It turned out to be a perfect location for us and we’re ultimately hoping to turn it into a cannabis learning center.”

Hawaii’s Colorful, Unstable, Terp-Filled Edge

There’s a lot of different factors involved in growing a trusted cannabis brand, but chief among them is establishing the legitimacy and value of your signature strains. Like many contemporary cannabis cultivators, Hawaiian Seed Company utilizes the massive — and ever-growing — Phylos Galaxy to identify and validate their flagship strains.

Khan said Phylos — a company he describes as “frickin’ awesome” — offers him and other cultivators the perfect tool for elevating their brand above the noise of a crowded field and protecting their genetics from unscrupulous dudes looking for a quick come-up at the expense of someone else’s hard work.

“There’s so many bullsh*tters out there who will take your strain and change the name, and [the Phylos Galaxy] just keeps the growers honest and keeps track of strains so they don’t get lost in the wind,” he said, adding that the ability to quickly discover other strains with both similar and distant genetics helps him “map out a more visual interpretation of the genetics’ travels.”

That ability to map the ancestry of cannabis cultivars has proven invaluable when working with the ephemeral genetics endemic to Hawaiian herb. Some cultivators, at least publicly, place a high premium on genetic stability, but Kahn is not among them. He typically just lets Mother Nature do her thing when it comes to phenotype variation, a philosophy rooted in the aggressively diverse lineage of old-school Hawaiian pakalolo.

“I don’t really worry too much about stabilization. Back in the day, there was none, everything just got cross bred with each other,” he said. “In Hawaii especially, everything was breeding and getting crossed with all kinds of pollen — Thai, Afghani, everything got so mixed up — so I’m not trying to make one pheno that’s ‘perfect’ and then clone it.”

Midnight Splendor, a Kali Mist hybrid crossed with GDP and Kauai Purple, creates a beautiful fuschia flower. The flavor of this cultivar include bubble gum, butter pie crust and sharp lemon.

But when he does find a need to stabilize something or just feels like jazzing around with genetics, the year-round sunlight of the North Shore allows him to do so in less than half the time it would take a breeder on the mainland

Another thing Kahn doesn’t worry about much is potency. Most of his creations test in the high teens to the mid-20s for cannabinoid content. This is partially because he personally prefers lighter, more mellow effects, but mostly it’s the result of an intense focus on other characteristics like terpene profile and — here’s a novel idea where flower cultivation is concerned — color.

That success of that last mission, discovering vibrantly colored cultivars, is immediately apparent in the mature flowers of Akala Kush, a deep lime-green flower punctuated by dazzling bursts of pink and fuchsia pistils sprawling out like glowing antennae.

And while color is an important (and deeply undervalued) aspect of cannabis, it’s practically impossible to overstate the importance of a strain’s terpene profile when it comes to how it’s received by the public. At a time when potency is more or less a given — particularly for cannabis destined for extraction — the smell and flavor of a strain is the main source of its unique identity.

Young is confident that those searching for terps will find much to love in the distinctly Hawaiian flavor profiles of the company’s flowers.

“From the lab tests and feedback we’re getting it seems like these strains do hold some tropical flavors in terms of terpenes,” Young said. “If you’re a processor and you get a hold of some of our flowers the terps are going to have a very unique flavor, so it’s very attractive to them and it stands out for growers as well.”

Coming to the Mainland

Those living in Northern California will soon be able to see (and smell) for themselves: Hawaiian Seed Company has coordinated with Dark Heart Nursery to make some of their top strains available to consumers as clones, including Kahn’s undisputed favorite strain, Midnight Splendor, an “absolutely fantastic mix” he’s been working on for nearly a decade.

“It’s Kali Mist, an old school strain that’s been grown on Kauai forever, crossed with Kauai Purple — a deep purple indica I got from an uncle a couple years ago — crossed into Girl Scout Cookies for potency and flavor and then crossed with Grandaddy Purple for a little more color,” he said. “What we got was giant, long fuchsia spears of amazingness. It’s covered in resin and when you grind it up, it’s purple, pink, green and beautiful.”

Kahn is proud of the terpene profiles he’s harnessed and excited for people to taste them, whether that means smoking a bowl or dabbing concentrate extracted from his flowers, but he’s most enthusiastic about the whole plant — and much less so about the direction and character of the industry surrounding it.

Hawaiian Seed Company searches for terpenes that evoke tropical flavors.

He hopes his love of the whole plant will translate to the final product and help those who enjoy it embrace a more holistic view of cannabis.

“Part of why we founded Hawaiian Seed Company was to bring that retro ’70s vibe back to cannabis,” Kahn said. “There’s a lot of disrespect in the new cannabis industry… we do this because we love it, we love this amazing plant and we want to share it, but we want to respect it.”

No matter how you feel about the direction of the cannabis industry, it’s hard to find anything bad to say about beautiful cannabis cultivars with unique terpene profiles, and that’s exactly what Hawaiian Seed Company is all about — providing a mouthwatering slice of the islands.

“It’s the originality of the flavors, just having something that’s tropical and different,” Young said. “Maybe there’s a certain connection to vacation or something, but people just seem a little more relaxed when they smoke our strains.”

There’s no substitute for experiencing the North Shore in person, but breathing in a fragrant, intoxicating cloud of its tropical essence and sinking gently into a mellow, productive buzz is almost like a smokeable Hawaiian vacation — and it’s certainly cheaper than buying a plane ticket.

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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Oregon Cannabis 2021: Legislative Forecast and Report

The Oregon legislative session kicked off in earnest last week, with 28 proposed cannabis bills crowding the docket. In this post, I will run down the list and offer brief comments on each offering, as I do every year. Before diving in, though, some context will be useful.

First, the Oregon legislature is somewhat dysfunctional. Last year, the session was cut short when Republican legislators skipped town to protest the Democrats’ climate change bill. A series of draft cannabis laws (along with everything else) was left in the lurch. This year, the legislative focus seems centered on crisis response (COVID, wildfires, etc.) with big policies taking a back seat. In a sense, that bodes well for cannabis bill prospects, alongside the fact that the session is slated to last a full five months. But the Democrats still do not have a quorum-proof majority, so really, anything could happen.

Second, the recent success of ballot Measure 110 (which decriminalized all drugs in Oregon) will have a significant, unpredictable impact on cannabis legislating. Most immediately, it will peel off about 75% of current statewide marijuana tax revenues. This is because Measure 110 “dedicates all marijuana tax revenue above $11,250,000 quarterly [to ‘addiction recovery centers].’” As such, we should expect to see a lot of discussion around bills to raise marijuana taxes. (I’ll probably be pilloried for saying this, but Oregon is a comparatively low-tax, high-cannabis consumption state, and taxes could go higher.)

Third, something needs to be done about hemp. The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) recently withdrew the hemp plan it had submitted to the feds. This means we will proceed for one more growing season under the 2014 Farm Bill—which is a not a bad thing—but the program is at a regulatory crossroads, of sorts, on certification and other issues.

And fourth, if we are ever going to see a cannabis social equity bill become law, this should be the year. We have engaged with various stakeholders on the $100 million Oregon Cannabis Equity Act and things seem to be progressing well– although the proposed bill has not yet been introduced. In my view, the big challenges here are going to be:

  1. Finding money (there’s not much lying around right now, although Oregon may get see more support from the feds this year);
  2. Surviving the Ways & Means committee (the bill would almost certainly “create a fiscal” and be sent to W&M);
  3. Dialing in the best possible language to survive equal protection challenges; and
  4. Unfortunately, this ship has sailed to some extent. There are thousands of cannabis industry licenses issued at this point in Oregon, and would-be beneficiaries of the Oregon Cannabis Act will start from a moored position. The legislature should have dealt with this way back in 2015.

So that’s the big picture. In the long list of bills below, I’m going to keep the comments brief– not so much for timing or readability concerns, but because it’s hard to know what to make of all the cannabis bills this year (and there will likely be another 12-15 introduced in the coming weeks and months).

In most sessions we begin with a clear idea of which bills have momentum, which have none, which could be patched in elsewhere, and which could be gutted and stuffed. At this point, though, the Joint Committee on Marijuana Legalization is a few years gone and the legislature’s composition has changed dramatically over a short period. There are many just a lot of new people and ideas, with COVID throwing a wrench into all of it.

House Bills (20)

HB 2014.  Distributes marijuana tax dollars to certain cities determined by population and location of city, and based on share of retail sales of marijuana items in state. This would be an exception to standard distributions based on city share of population and of licenses for marijuana- related businesses.

I am not sure this is going anywhere. Some jurisdictions will love it and some will hate it, for obvious reasons.

HB 2015.  Increases maximum percentage of tax that a city or county may impose on sale of marijuana items, from 3% to 10%.

I believe the rates will increase, unless the state wants to claw some of this back from the localities. One way or another, I think marijuana taxes will go higher.

HB 2111.  Changes name of “Oregon Liquor Control Commission” to “Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission.”

By keeping the OLCC acronym, at least they’ll be saving on stationery! I do expect this one to pass, either on its own or as part of a cannabis Christmas tree elsewhere.

HB 2263.  Directs OLCC to study recreational marijuana tracking. It requires a report and sunsets in a year.

To me, “marijuana tracking” doesn’t seem to be a pain point in the OLCC program right now, but let’s see what happens here.

HB 2265.  Directs OLCC to study cannabis. It requires a report and sunsets in a year.

Obviously, this is really general. Someone needs to dial this in or drop it.

HB 2281.  Directs ODA to administer Oregon Hemp State Program for production, processing and sale of hemp. [Status quo.] Changes term “industrial hemp” to “hemp.” [Good idea.] Requires department to conduct criminal records check of applicants for licensure to grow hemp. [Mirrors 2018 Farm Bill protocol. Would exclude the bad guys but also hurt people who were unfairly victimized by the War on Drugs.] Allows department to identify and require by rule licensure for other activities related to hemp. [OK.] Directs department to establish by rule requirements for shipment manifest for commercial hemp shipments. [Sounds good.] Becomes operative January 1, 2022.

HB 2284.  Establishes an Oregon Hemp Commission.

More and more, I’m thinking we don’t want a special commission for this one commodity crop. I may pick up this topic in a future post.

HB 2294.  Imposes tax on wholesale sales of marijuana items across county borders, occurring on or after January 1, 2022.

I don’t like this one. I love the simplicity of Oregon’s current retail tax model. From an administrative perspective, it’s so easy to deal with. I also dislike the “county” issue here. There is no reason to discourage cannabis being transported from where it grows (and should be grown) to where it will be sold.

HB 2296.  Allows ODA to enter into agreements with law enforcement agencies to assist the department in carrying out certain inspections of industrial hemp.

Obviously the concern here is diversion and disguised THC crops. But there are a lot of challenges with a set-up like the one proposed here, from how the testing is actually done to general policing and delegation issues.

HB 2416.  Directs ODA to advance design of cannabis business certification program. Directs Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to allocate moneys from Marijuana Control and Regulation Fund to department for purposes of cannabis business certification program.

More red tape. No.

HB 2445.  Enacts a 2028 sunset for exemption of medical marijuana registry cardholder or primary caregiver from tax imposed on retail sale of marijuana items.

Expect serious pushback, even with the date kicked out so far. Oregon has never been able to tax medical marijuana, although I wonder how strong the patient lobby is anymore.

HB 2519.  Allows delivery of marijuana items to consumers within a city or county in which a marijuana retailer is located and to consumers in cities or counties that have adopted ordinances allowing for delivery of marijuana items from adjacent cities or counties.

Absolutely. Delivery is working great with COVID and was before, too.

HB 2671.  Hemp. Directs ODA to issue research licenses to qualified applicant. Allows licensed researchers to collect samples of industrial hemp crops that exceed tetrahydrocannabinol limit to perform studies related to crop biochemistry.

Sounds good although I doubt they’d get many applications.

HB 2973.  Prohibits adults from possessing more than two ounces of usable marijuana in public place. Provides that delivery of not more than two ounces of usable marijuana to adults is exempt from certain laws regulating marijuana. Directs OLCC to adopt rules in accordance with possession limits.

So it keeps the personal possession limits in place, but only at a residence. The trick here, or one of them, would be getting the “public place” definition right. Not an inspiring idea overall.

HB 2982. Prohibits OLCC from disciplining a licensee or licensee representative for violation if violation is result of theft.

Absolutely! I have been complaining about this since the day the rules issued. 

HB 2990.  Requires Oregon Health Authority (OHA) to share specified information related to marijuana for medical use with authorized employees of local governments for certain purposes.

State and local law enforcement already have access to this information by statute. Not sure what the policy concern is here, with respect to local government employees.

HB 2996.  Directs OLCC to establish by rule process to register medical marijuana grow sites. Defines “medical marijuana grow site.” Allows medical marijuana grow sites to apply for registration no later than June 1, 2022. Establishes plant production limits for medical marijuana grow sites registered by commission. Specifies that marijuana grow sites registered by Oregon Health Authority may produce marijuana for no more than two registry identification cardholders. Becomes operative January 1, 2022.

This bill is trying to wind up a years-long process of moving medical marijuana regulation from OHA to OLCC. We saw this one coming many years ago.

HB 2997.  Directs Department of Revenue, OHA, OLCC, ODA and the Governor’s office to consult with Oregon Cannabis Commission and other cannabis entities to develop plan to address issues related to regulatory authority over marijuana, over the course of one year. Requires plan to be submitted to interim committees of Legislative Assembly. Directs OLCC to adopt rules to develop compliance education programs for cannabis entities regulated by commission.

I don’t see it happening. Too many bigger fish to fry.

HB 3000.  Directs OLCC to “study cannabis”: for a year. Requires report to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary.

Mirrors HB 2265. Please provide details Representative Wilde!

HB 3013.  Same as HB 3000.

Senate Bills (8)

SB 35.  Directs ODA to administer Oregon Hemp State Program for production, processing and sale of hemp. [Status quo unless the state gives up next year and doesn’t submit a USDA plan.] Changes term “industrial hemp” to “hemp.” [Good.] Requires department to conduct criminal records check of applicants for licensure to grow hemp. [I don’t like it. Mirrors 2018 Farm Bill policy.] Allows department to identify and require by rule licensure for other activities related to hemp. [OK.]

This one will probably be reconciled with HB 2881, and merit some real discussion.

SB 96.  Defines “cannabinoids” for purpose of inhalant delivery systems. Authorizes OHA to consult with OLCC on adoption of rules related to inhalant delivery systems containing cannabinoids. Authorizes commission to regulate testing and labeling of inhalant delivery systems that contain cannabinoids derived from industrial hemp.

The state has been grappling with vape laws and rules for a while. Will be interesting to watch this one.

SB 157.  Enacts 2028 express sunset for exemption of medical marijuana registry cardholder or primary caregiver from tax imposed on retail sale of marijuana items.

cf. HB 2445 above.

SB 307.  Waives fees for obtaining medical marijuana card for veterans who have total disability rating of at least 50 percent as result of injury or illness incurred or aggravated during active military service, and who received discharge or release under other than dishonorable conditions.

Seems like low-hanging fruit, with the only question being whether 50% is the right number.

SB 400.  Directs OHA to study medical marijuana registry identification cardholders, for a year. Requires report to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to judiciary.

More information — the right kind of information — would be fine. May not go anywhere.

SB 402.  Allows hemp grower or handler to sell or transfer hemp cuttings. Defines “cutting” as any part of the hemp plant that (A) has been removed or has fallen off the hemp plant; (B) is not dried; and (C) does not include any roots, or parts or roots, of the hemp plant.”

The discussions here will be pretty fun! It’s obvious why industry wants this; cops not so much.

SB 408.  Allows marijuana producer to track mature marijuana plants by “batch” [as opposed to by plant]. Allows marijuana producers owned at least 51 percent by same person to transfer to one another marijuana and usable marijuana. [Producers cannot currently transfer to producers, at all.] Allows marijuana producer to receive specified marijuana items from marijuana processor. [I want to understand the policy here.] Specifies information required in transfer manifest for transport of marijuana. [OK.]

Interesting bill overall; some atmospheric OLCC issues.

SB 411.  Directs OHA and OLCC to study cannabis packaging and write a report by next session.

Hopefully the idea here is not to go more restrictive.

Stay tuned as always. We will update during the course of the next five months on any big developments, and recap per usual at the end of the session.

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