OLCC Rules Advisory Committee Meeting February 12, 2021

Marijuana Violation Reclassification Rules Package

OREGON: This past fall the Commission initiated permanent rulemaking to revise the way compliance actions are administered. The proposed amendments in this package clarify and reclassify current violation categories. The Commission’s proposed rule language that will be discussed can be found here:

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, we are holding Rules Advisory Committee meetings virtually. Please note that invited committee members and OLCC are the only persons allowed to participate in the discussion. Please be respectful and mute your phone.

To listen to the meeting, use the call-in information below:

Date and Time:       9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Friday, February 12, 2021

Location:                 Virtual

To listen to the meeting, dial: 1 (571) 317-3112; Access Code: 886-457-709

MCR Labs ‘Ask An Expert’ Virtual Event Seeks To Clear Up Mass. Cannabis Confusion

Cannabis experts will weigh in on questions submitted by members of the general public as part of a virtual panel discussion hosted by MCR Labs on October 28.

MASSACHUSETTS:  MCR Labs is organizing a virtual panel discussion for members of the public to submit cannabis-related questions to four experts with backgrounds in cannabis testing, research, medicine, and cultivation in order to help new and experienced cannabis consumers expand their knowledge of a complex and often misunderstood plant.

“Even though it’s legal here in Massachusetts, cannabis is still scary and confusing to some and complicated or overwhelming to others,” said MCR Labs President and founder Michael Kahn. “We’re trying to create more opportunities for everyone to get real answers from legitimate sources since there’s still a lot of misinformation being spread about cannabis and marijuana.”

The virtual event, titled “Ask an Expert,” will feature qualified cannabis professionals from a variety of fields and specialties. The panel discussion will include Scott Churchill, Director of Scientific Operations at MCR Labs, a cannabis testing laboratory; Dr. Marion McNabb, President of the Cannabis Center of Excellence, a research and advocacy group; Dr. Benjamin Caplan, Chief Medical Officer at the CED Clinic, a medical cannabis clinic; and Noni Goldman, Co-Founder of Four Trees Management Co., a consulting firm and tier 1 cultivation provisional licensee.

By bringing together experts with a diverse array of backgrounds, the MCR Labs’ outreach team hopes to enable a broad selection of individuals with any level of cannabis knowledge to hear answers to questions ranging from highly complex to basic and introductory.

“COVID-19 has created a significant lack of educational events geared toward cannabis at the same time that many are exploring using, growing, or even joining the industry for the first time,” said MCR Labs Event & Outreach Specialist Melissa Kenton. “So, we’re trying something new for us by hosting this online event because no matter what’s happening with the virus, education is critical to helping people explore cannabis safely.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 starting at 11 a.m. Attendees can register in advance at https://tinyurl.com/MCRLabsAskExpertEvent. Those with questions for the panel can submit them via any of MCR Labs social media accounts by messaging @mcrlabs on most platforms or by emailing the outreach team directly at news@mcrlabs.com.

420MEDIA Trailblazers In Cannabis: Joshua Caruso, The AmeriCanna Dream Festival

Trailblazers In CannabisDigital marketing agency 420MEDIA and the Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) have joined forces to create a series highlighting entrepreneurs trailblazing the cannabis scene. Each week, we profile a noteworthy business pioneer, and ask each 5 questions. This week’s featured trailblazer is Joshua Caruso,  co-organizer of The AmeriCanna Dream Festival.

Tell us about your Company

We are a group of California cannabis pioneers that have come together to bring to you a cannabis event experience like no other.  You will see that we are different than your typical cannabis event. We are a community-based organization that has deep grass roots in the cannabis industry with combined experience of over 65 years.  We are not a corporate new company buying our way in the industry. We hold values and strive to be a good positive example for our growing community. We do not have investors, backers or corporate interests in our company decisions and hold a very high respect for those who have fought to get our industry to where it is now.

The AmeriCanna Dream Festival is California’s premier grass roots cannabis farmers market style licensed cannabis event.  

Americanna Dream Festival

Why did you choose the cannabis/hemp business?

We saw a great number of our peers and family members suffering with pain and forced to use pharmaceutical drugs. We saw a opportunity through event gatherings to educate and provide a natural way for those to medicate without use of those harmful drugs. We also saw that through these events we are providing a safe place for our industry to gather and discuss new ideas, invigorate each other and together kill the negative stigma while having fun.

What change will your firm address in the industry? Does it address an unmet need?  

California cannabis event scene has been a roller coaster with the passing of Prop 64. We hope to provide a prime example of what a licensed non-corporate cannabis event looks like. We support the small business models and those larger businesses that are doing it right. We are not concerned about profits we are concerned about people and the social positive change events like our present.


What has been the reaction to your product/service/technology?

Overall the reaction is good. We are a small fish in an ocean of big fish, so we are working extra hard to make an impact in our industry like no other. We will continue to provide a platform for our community to grow and hope to inspire the next generation to continue down this path cannabis is paving.

Are there any upcoming milestones for your company?

We have done a number of cannabis events, but The AmeriCanna Dream, May 18th & 19th at the Cow Palace in the Bay Area California, is our first licensed event.

Where can readers learn more?


SF Bulls, America's Most Marijuana-Friendly Pro Sports Team, Hosts Weed Fundraiser

CALIFORNIA: The best parts about the Cow Palace these days are the memories. The site of legendary concerts and epic pro wrestling bouts is today best known for gun shows, the annual Dickens Fair, and a hockey franchise that has — so far, anyway — survived playing in one of the poorest venues for hockey we’ve seen.

That said, everyone is lining up behind the San Francisco Bulls, whose second year in Daly City begins tonight when Mayor Ed Lee drops the ceremonial first puck. One reason for the Bulls’ popularity — aside from the quality of play, which is quite good — may be the atmosphere at the Cow Palace on game nights: it’s full of weed smoke. [Read more…]