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Washington And Oregon Marijuana Regulators To Discuss Impact Of Hemp On The Northwest’s Marijuana Market

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Policy Experts at Hemp-CBD Connex Conference to Meet with Hemp Industry

OREGON: The top regulators from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Washington Liquor & Cannabis Board will discuss how hemp is influencing the legal cannabis industry in their respective states at the Hemp-CBD Connex conference.

On Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Portland Expo Center. OLCC Executive Director Steve Marks and WLCB Director Rick Garza will talk about the intersection, integration and divergence of the under-regulated hemp market with the regulated marijuana markets in Oregon and Washington.

OLCC staff and policy experts will be on hand to answer questions during both days of the conference according to the subject matter schedule below.  Look for OLCC and policy experts from other government agencies at Booth 218.

Wednesday January 29, 2020

10 AM to 12 PM Packaging & LabelingOMMP & Recreational Marijuana Programs
11 AM to 1 PM Hemp & Marijuana RulesMetrc cannabis tracking system
12 to 2 PM Hemp & Marijuana Rules
1 to 3 PM Packaging & LabelingMetrc cannabis tracking system
2 to 4 PM Recreational Marijuana Program

Thursday, January 30, 2020

10 AM to 12 PM Licensing
11 AM to 1 PM Metrc Cannabis Tracking System
12 to 2 PM Hemp & Marijuana Rules
1 to 3 PM OMMP & Recreational Marijuana ProgramsMetrc cannabis tracking system
2 to 4 PM Compliance

 

USDA To Present At Oregon Hemp & CBD Connex Conference

OREGON: The HEMP & CBD CONNEX CONFERENCE will take place January 29-30, 2020 at the Portland Expo. 

GROWING HEMP IS NOT THE “FIELD OF DREAMS”
What you need to know before you grow: From seed to harvest to shelf, invest in two days in educating yourself in all aspects of the industry.

When the farm bill passed in December 2018, there were 500 farmers growing 11,000 acres of hemp. We saw a demand for hemp biomass and smokable flower with a limited supply. Biomass was selling for $35-$45 a pound. Fast forward to 2019: this looked like the “Field of Dreams”. Applications increased to 1,900 farmers registered and over 60,000 acres farming hemp. We estimate that over 50% of the crops failed in 2019 for many reasons: lack of planning, bad genetics, and harvest and drying roadblocks. Mother nature brought record rainfall and a hail storm that damaged over 1,000 acres. With any new industry and no limit to how many acres could be grown, farmers planted too many acres, not realizing the massive undertaking and hurdles they would encounter. In 2019, farmers soon realized this was not the “Field of Dreams” with overproduction and prices plummeting to $5-$15 per pound and finding reputable buyers makes for a challenging year.

The Hemp & CBD Connex Conference is a collaboration of the entire hemp supply chain from seed to harvest to products on the shelf. Invest two days in educating yourself in all aspects of the industry. Here is your chance to have one-on-one contact with the pros that will guide you in best practices for your business. Oregon & Washington Department of Agriculture and the USDA will present updated rules and regulations and offer clarity to the confusing, evolving nature of these regulations. The conference will feature hands-on displays and demonstrations, will address roadblocks and offer solutions for best production and profit. Visit the “Farmers, Processors & Buyers Lounge” to consult on selling your biomass. Learn about crop insurance, farmer co-ops, futures contracts and partnering with processors for splits and toll processing.

With 30+ educational seminars and nearly 60 speakers, the CCC 6.0 Hemp + CBD Connex offers educational sessions, providing up-to-date data on Regional and Federal legislation. We are honored that USDA Under Secretary, Greg Ibach has the Chief of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Plan for the USDA, Bill Richmond, joining us to review and provide updates on the Interim Hemp Regulations. Ben Thiel, USDA Risk Management Agency Regional Director, will discuss NEW Hemp Crop insurance as well as Whole Farm Revenue Protection. Regionally, both Oregon and Washington will be providing updates via their Departments’ of Agriculture representatives, Sunny Summers and Steve Howe, and via their cannabis programs with Steve Marks and Rick Garza.

Dr. Jeffrey Steiner from the Oregon State University Global Hemp Innovation Center will touch on Hemp Research. Economic analysts Beau Whitney and Chase Hubbard will discuss issues regarding economic impact and global market hemp supply chain that limited the market in 2019, and what it will take to be successful in the future. Additional topics below will be covered by representatives from the likes of Big Sky Scientific, Canopy Growth, CO2 Dynamics, Empower Bodycare, Lazarus Naturals, Strength of Hope and Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

The INDUSTRIAL HEMP SHOWCASE will feature displays of the many industrial uses made from hemp-fiber, including hempcrete, biofuel, livestock feed, paper, rope, bioplastics. The is even discussion about Hemp as a replacement for Kevlar. Hemp offers many different uses that can promote a more sustainable world. Hemp products can be recycled, reused and are 100% biodegradable. Proponents of hemp claim that it can help reduce global warming because it takes out large amounts of carbon dioxide per acre, more than most plants.

The CBD MARKETPLACE, a shop within the expo, will offer a wide variety of hemp and CBD products to review and purchase, from health food products, topicals, transdermal patches, edibles, beverages, pet brands and much more. On January 30th, consumers are invited to try products, meet the producers and consult with medical professionals about the benefits of CBD products.

In this 6th year of the conference, we explore the expansion of the Hemp industry highlighting the vast potential of HEMP and CBD products. We are grateful for the many people who donated their time to help others in this industry, including top pros and regulators sharing their insights. We’re proud to offer this conference at an amazing value compared to other higher-priced events. Oregon is at the forefront of establishing a business model that can be shared with other states. We’re focused on fostering the innovators so they can learn, share and help build the industry. The Hemp & CBD Connex Conference is brought to you by the Cannabis Collaborative Conference.

 

Oregon: OLCC Issues Marijuana Product Recall

Winberry Farms Sweet Leaf Blend Pre-rolls Failed Pesticide Test 

Portland, OR — The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is issuing an immediate health and safety advisory due to the identification of potentially unsafe pesticide residue on plant material used in a packaged retail marijuana product.  The product in question was cultivated by licensed marijuana producer Ard Ri and packaged for sale to retailers by licensed wholesaler DYME Distribution.

The affected marijuana flower failed its pesticide test, because it exceeded the acceptable level, known as the “action limit”, for the insecticide Imidacloprid*.  The flower was incorporated into pre-rolled joints marketed under the Winberry Farms Sweet Leaf Blend; the strain name is Trap Star.

The impacted product (see above images) has a Unique Identification (UID) number of 1A4010300022859000015892.

The OLCC has locked down the product in the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) to prevent further distribution or sale to consumers.  The product was sold through nine OLCC licensed marijuana retailers around Oregon.  DYME distributed approximately 700 units of the contaminated pre-rolls; retailers have pulled the remaining 328 packages from their shelves.

Screenshot 2020-01-17 07.43.34The impacted Winberry Farms Sweet Leaf Products were sold from December 17, 2019 through January 8, 2020 at the following licensed retailers:

  • Spark, 5103 NE Fremont Street, Portland
  • Ancient Remedies, 2350 State Street, Salem
  • Puff Oregon, 47700 NW Sunset Highway, Manning
  • Rogue River Herbal PMC, 510 East Main, Suite C, Rogue River
  • The Joint, 3270 Market Street NE, Salem
  • Stoney Only Clackamas, 10289 SE Highway 212, Clackamas
  • Tsunami Marijuana LLC, 36412 Highway 26, Seaside
  • Track Town Collective, 3675 Franklin Blvd., Eugene
  • Green Room, 2521 NW 9th Street, Corvallis

Initial test results for the source marijuana flower produced by Ard Ri was entered into CTS by PREE Laboratories in Corvallis on December 4, 2019; the test results indicated that both test samples failed.  PREE re-analyzed one of the samples, as allowed under marijuana testing rules, on December 11, 2019 and the sample passed.  However marijuana testing rules then require a second lab to re-sample and re-test the original product That verification test never took place.

Because of PREE Laboratories’ incorrect entry of test results into CTS the tracking system designated the marijuana flower as having passed its pesticide test.  Subsequently DYME Distribution packaged and distributed the contaminated marijuana as pre-rolled joints.

The OLCC detected the discrepancy January 6, 2020 when conducting a monthly audit on products that have failed pesticide tests at the point of origin – in this case the marijuana flower.  When the OLCC initiates an administrative hold of a product it automatically puts a hold on any product produced from the original flower.

OLCC is investigating both the contamination test failure, and the licensees’ use of CTS.

Consumers who have these recalled products should dispose of the products or return them to the retailer where they were purchased.  Consumers can follow these instructions found on the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program website to destroy marijuana on their own.

There have been no reports of illness. The possible health impact of consuming marijuana products with unapproved pesticide residues is unknown. Short and long-term health impacts may exist depending on the specific product, duration, frequency, level of exposure, and route of exposure. Consumers with concerns about their personal health should contact their physician with related questions. Consumers with questions or concerns about recalled product or pesticide residues in marijuana products are encouraged to contact the product retailer and/or the Oregon Poison Center at 800-222-1222.

The Oregon Department of Agriculture maintains a guide list for Pesticides and Cannabis that be found here.

*The Oregon Health Authority is responsible for establishing pesticide and solvent action levels for marijuana testing.

 

 

OLCC Creates Podcast Focusing On Oversight Of Oregon’s Recreational Marijuana Industry

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Flavored Vaping Ban Spotlighted in Latest Episode of “In the Weeds — The Ultimate OLCC Potcast”

OREGON:The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has published the latest episode of its occasional podcast, “In the Weeds – The Ultimate OLCC Potcast.”  Episode Four of “In the Weeds” focuses on the THC vaping respiratory illness crisis and Oregon’s ban on flavored THC vaping products.

“In the Weeds” launched in April 2019 using the podcast format to provide more digestible details and nugget-sized information about the regulations and rules governing Oregon’s regulated marijuana industry. The podcast, aimed at OLCC recreational marijuana licensees, their employees and others interested in the legal marijuana industry, is a more conversational approach to explain the expectations and guidelines for operating a legal marijuana business.

“It’s just the three of us – sometimes with a guest – sitting around talking about the rules, which is something we do every day anyway,” said Amanda Borup, OLCC Recreational Marijuana Policy Analyst, and one of the co-hosts of “In the Weeds.  “And although listening to our discussion should be helpful, it doesn’t mean listening to the podcast is a substitute for reading the rules.”

The other co-hosts of the “In the Weeds” podcast are TJ Sheehy, Manager of the OLCC’s Marijuana Technical Unit, and Mark Pettinger, OLCC spokesperson.

“We figured this would be a good way to help people working in the industry understand what is and isn’t allowed in the rules,” said Sheehy.  “People in the industry, whether they’re in the front office or on the farm in-the-field, can listen and hopefully share what they learn.”

The fourth episode of “In the Weeds” includes a discussion about the ban on flavored THC vaping products; a conversation with Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director, about the vaping crisis and on-going compliance activities.  The podcast also covers changes in the marijuana license application and renewal process.

The podcast is available through SoundCloud as well as on iTunes, GooglePlay, Spotify, and TuneIn.

Audio From Oregon Liquor Control Commission Meeting On Vaping Rules

OREGON: Special Oregon Liquor Control Commission Meeting Audio from October 11, 2019: Discussion of Vaping Rules.OLCC Special Meeting Notes

Friday, October 11, 2019

AUDIO

Staff presentation of the issues and 
Commissioners discussion and decision of vaping rules.

For more information, contact: 503-872-5006 / 1-800-452-6522

laura.paul@oregon.gov

Commission Meeting Calendar

Oregon Health Authority & Oregon Liquor Control Commission Will Hold Press Conference On Temporary Vaping Ban

Agencies Will Explain Temporary Rules & Implementation Process for Banning the Sale of Flavored Nicotine and THC Vaping Products

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) will hold a joint press conference Friday, October 11, 2019to discuss the adoption of temporary rules resulting from an Executive Order issued by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to address the vaping health crisis.

Leadership and staff from the OLCC and OHA’s Public Health Division will explain the implications of and the implementation process of their respective temporary rules which establish a temporary ban on the sale of flavored nicotine and THC vaping products.

The press conference will take place approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the OLCC Commission’s special meeting, and will be held in the Commission meeting room at OLCC headquarters in Portland.

There will NOT be a public live audio or video feed from the press conference.

The OLCC special commission meeting will start 11:30 AM.

The OLCC Headquarters is located at: 9079 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland, OR 97222.

 

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center Receives $1M For Genetics Research

OREGON: Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials.

The gift to the OSU Foundation was provided by Oregon CBD, a hemp seed research and development company.

The Global Hemp Innovation Center was launched in June by OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and is the largest, most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation. Led by Jay Noller, the center is based in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with faculty from multiple disciplines and colleges across OSU, and has a global reach that includes partnerships in four countries.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and interest in our work,” said Jay Noller, an OSU professor and internationally recognized hemp expert.

Noller said that while some private sector genomic studies of hemp have taken place, very little information is available publicly for research.

“There is a tremendous amount of possibility with hemp, and understanding the genetics is key,” said Seth Crawford, who with his brother Eric, co-own and manage Oregon CBD. “Philosophically, we believe the public land grant university needs to be the epicenter of that research so that all can benefit from the findings.

“We believe OSU is the right place to lead this research,” Crawford said.

Oregon CBD is a family-owned business with longtime ties to OSU that go back several generations. Seth and Eric Crawford both have several degrees from the university and prior to starting the family business Seth taught in the School of Public Policy for 13 years and contributed in 2015 to some of the Oregon Health Authority’s early cannabis policies.

“This also provides us the added satisfaction of giving back to the university that has been a part of our family since my grandfather Loren Gardner graduated in 1954,” Seth Crawford said.

The gift is the first major private donation the center has received since its launch, and is unique in that it allows scientists to publicly share data and collaborate with others engaged in the study of hemp.

“This investment accelerates our leadership and establishes OSU at the forefront in genomic research in hemp,” said Alan Sams, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Noller said genomic research tools will allow better understanding of the DNA present within different hemp varieties. He said this information will provide insights for developing specific hemp varieties for uses ranging from health and nutrition products, to the manufacture of textiles, and use in construction materials. The research also may lead to stronger, more disease resistant, higher yielding plants, and provide understanding of the genes that influence the production of chemical compounds in the plant. With this knowledge, Noller said growers might be able to better predict the levels of hemp essential oil components that are synthesized in different plant varieties.

Kelly Vining, an assistant professor and researcher in OSU’s Department of Horticulture, will lead the university’s hemp genomic research.

“Looking at the most intimate secrets of life in plants is powerful,” Vining said. “With hemp, the prospects are additionally exciting because it not only holds such interesting promise, but it is just a gnarly plant genome – the bioinformatics are challenging. We are now able to explore that promise and challenge, while also being among the first to share our findings with the world.”

OLCC Holds Commission Meeting In Southern Oregon

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Approves Alcohol and Marijuana Licensee Stipulated Settlements

OREGONCapping off a trip to southern Oregon to meet with cannabis and wine industry stakeholders, the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission held its monthly meeting on June 18, 2019 at Southern Oregon University in Ashland.

The OLCC is conducting listening sessions around the state with recreational marijuana licensees, and grape growers and winemakers, to learn about the concerns of, and issues facing these industries. Commissioners spent two days in the Rogue Valley learning about economic development and regulatory challenges.

“It’s critically important for people in southern Oregon for to see the people making these decisions about their businesses and important for us to have input from stakeholders here,” said Paul Rosenbaum, OLCC Chair. “We want to have an open mind and we wanted to express to folks here that we’ll listen to them, and then we’ll make decisions that are best for everybody.”

During its Ashland meeting, the Commission approved three alcohol violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Pine Shed Ribs and Barbecue, 17730 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego, will pay a $1,485 civil penalty or serve a 9-day suspension for licensee permitting its Managing Member to mix, sell and serve alcoholic beverages, or supervise those who do, without a valid service permit. Licensee is Ribworks, LLC; Matthew Ramey, Managing Member; Jennifer Peterson, Member.

Yvonne’s / The 818 Lounge, 818 Main St., Ste. A & B, Oregon City, will pay a $1,485 civil penalty or serve a 9-day suspension for licensee permitting its employee, agent or representative to mix, sell and serve alcoholic beverages, or supervise those who do, without a valid service permit. Licensee is Yvonne’s LLC; Yvonne Haney, Managing Member; Raymond Haney, Member; Christopher Larsen, Member.

Gil’s Speakeasy, 609 ½ SE Taylor, Portland, will pay a $8,745 civil penalty or serve a 53-day suspension for the following three violations: 1) Licensee’s employee knowingly sold, gave or otherwise made available alcoholic beverages to visibly intoxicated person(s); 2) Licensee’s employee drank an alcoholic beverage while on duty; 3) Licensee permitted alcoholic liquor to be sold, dispensed, served or consumed on the licensed premises between 2:30 am and 7:00 am. Commission staff added two days of aggravation because violation one was repeated, and four days of aggravation because violation one and three each involved more than one patron. Licensee is Brett Gilhuly.

Commissioners also approved eight marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

The Commission approved the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions, license surrenders, or marijuana worker permit surrender based on stipulated settlements:

Green Depot* will surrender its recreational marijuana wholesaler license for six violations, and each licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensees are: Green State Wholesale, LLC; Odeh Halhouli, Member/Manager; Sadallah Kahuk, Member; Wahid Barghouthy, Member.

Oregon Grown in Portland will surrender its recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for three violations and the licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensee is: Oregon Grown Gift Shop LLC; George Haney, Managing Member.

The Local Market in Bend will pay a fine of $2,970 or serve an 18-day recreational marijuana retail license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: High Desert Equity Partners, Inc.; Mustafa Soylemez, Pres/Dir/Stockholder; Jacob Onat, Treas/Dir/Stockholder; Mark Weisheit, Sec/Dir/Stockholder; Elizabeth Weisheit, Director/Stockholder.

Pilot Farms* will pay a fine of $2,805 or serve a 17-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for two violations.

Licensees are: Pilot Farms, LLC, Matthew Dolinar, Member; Christopher Dolinar, Member; Louie Ryan, Member.

Weirdhouse Farms* will pay a fine of $8,085 or serve a 49-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for four violations.

Licensees are: WH Enterprises, LLC; Kristina Schluter, Member.

Ghosttown Organix* will pay a fine of $4,950 or serve a 64-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension OR pay a fine of $10,560 or serve a 30-day license suspension for five violations.

Licensees are: GhostTown Organix, LLC; Chris Strawn, Member; Sheri Ramirez, Member; Rene Ramirez, Member.

Happy Camp* will pay a fine of $4,950 or serve a 30-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Happy Camp, LLC; Kaitlyn Hartford, Member

Joint Effort Farms* will surrender its license for 10 recreational marijuana producer violations and each licensee will receive a letter of reprimand.

Licensees are: Joint Effort Farms, LLC; Cody Lowe, Member; Jose Orzoco, Member.

*The locations of OLCC marijuana producer, processor and wholesale licensees are exempt from public disclosure under Oregon law.

A copy of the Stipulated Settlement Agreements for Marijuana Violation Cases can be found on the OLCC website, on the Laws & Rules page under the Final Orderssection.

Oregon Liquor Control Commission Seeks Input On Recreational Marijuana Regulations

OREGON: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will hold several Rules Advisory Committees (RACs) beginning in late summer and continuing into this fall. The purpose of an advisory committee is to increase the public’s involvement in the drafting and development of administrative rules.

These meetings will focus on reviewing legislative changes made during the 2019 session and address other issues that have arisen within the licensed and regulated marijuana industry.

In order to fill the RACs, the Commission is asking licensees, partner agencies and businesses associated with the cannabis industry, to apply to be on the committees.

The Commission will use this recruitment process to obtain fresh perspectives on both the condition of the industry’s operating environment and the current state of the rules and regulatory process.

To apply to be considered for appointment to the committee please fill out this survey by August 1, 2019.

The Commission will review all responses and fill the membership of the committees in a manner that best represents the industry and reflects a wide range of perspectives on industry issues.

Following the completion of the committee work, the Commission will hold both a Public Hearing and provide a subsequent two-week comment period in order to acquire additional perspectives on the proposed changes considered by the committees.

Stakeholders and other interested parties will be notified about all committee and hearing dates, and the information will be published on the Commissions’ website.

Click here to apply for the OLCC Recreational Marijuana Program RACs.

OLCC Commissioners Adopt Rules For Regulating Industrial Hemp Entering Oregon Regulated Marijuana System

Stipulated Settlements for Recreational Marijuana Violations Approved

OLCC LogoOREGON: At its monthly meeting on February 21, 2019 the Commissioners of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved rules for regulating industrial hemp that enters into the OLCC regulated marijuana system.

The new industrial hemp rules implement the provisions of House Bill 4089 approved by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law in 2018.  HB 4089 alters the way hemp items can enter the OLCC licensed system.  The rule change allows for additional OLCC recreational marijuana license types to receive industrial hemp items from growers and handlers registered with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

A key element of the rules requires that hemp items received by OLCC licensees be tracked using a seed-to-sale tracking system; this means hemp items will be tracked using the same Cannabis Tracking System (CTS) required for marijuana and marijuana products.

The new hemp rules can be found here on the OLCC website.

The Commission also approved the following fines and/or marijuana license suspensions or license surrenders based on stipulated settlements:

CR HEALTHY OPTIONS* will pay a fine of $1,485 or serve a nine day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for one violation.
Licensees are Linda Mayfield, Co-Licensee; Larry Mayfield, Co-Licensee.

Phillips Field Facility* will pay a fine of $7,755 or serve a 47-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for two violations.
Licensee is Phillip Field Facility, LLC; Susan Phillips, Member.

Kleen Karma Gardens* will pay a fine of $2,640 or serve a 16-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for two violations.
Licensee is Kleen Karma Gardens, Inc.; Oregon Care 4 You, LLC, Stockholder; Mark Mobray, Pres/Sec/Dir/Member; Kimberly Bottaro, VP/Director.

Lunchbox Alchemy*; will pay a fine of $8,415 or serve a 51-day recreational marijuana processor license suspension for two violations.
Licensee is CHC Laboratories, LLC; Cameron Yee, Managing Member.

Gorgeous Green Farms*; will pay a fine of $7,260 or serve a 44-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for three violations.
Licensee is Gorgeous Green Farms, LLC, Dungey Holdings, LLC, Member; Scott Dungey, Member; F&P Investments, LLC, Member; Jeffrey Froug, Member.

Panda Farms*; will surrender its producer license on the date the transfer of ownership of the business is completed or at 7:00 AM on May 21, 2019, whichever is earlier, and each licensee agrees to accept a letter of reprimand for nine violations.
Licensee is Geiger Industries, LLC; Kali Mata, LLC, Managing Member; Nitin Khanna, Managing Member; Karan Khanna, Member; Portsmouth Enterprises, Managing Member; David Alport, Stockholder.

*The locations of OLCC marijuana producer, processor and wholesale licensees are exempt from public disclosure under Oregon law. 

A copy of the Stipulated Settlement Agreements for Marijuana Violation Cases can be found on the OLCC website, on the Laws & Rules page under the Final Orders section.