OREGON: OLCC Commission Approves Permanent Rules for Curbside Delivery

Continues social distancing approach to prevent spread of Covid-19

OMMP cardholder daily purchase increased

Marijuana license stipulated settlements approved

OREGON:

At its regular monthly meeting on September 11, 2020, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved permanent rules allowing licensed recreational marijuana retailers to continue curbside delivery transactions, and increased the marijuana flower purchase amount for OMMP cardholders and caregivers. The Commission also approved ten marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements.

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic started, the OLCC approved temporary rules designed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The change encouraged social distancing by allowing licensed marijuana retailers to conduct limited transactions outside but close to their physical location. Under the permanent rule licensed retailers can continue to take orders and deliver product to a person outside the store and within 150 feet of the retailer’s licensed premises.

The Commission believes this has proven to be an effective approach to limiting interactions and exposure to COVID. Although this rule is being made permanent due to the pandemic, commission staff will revisit this rule at a later date.

Commissioners also approved continuing the daily purchase limits for OMMP cardholders and caregivers that were approved in temporary rule on March 22, 2020. OMMP cardholders and caregivers will continue to be able to purchase up to 24 ounces per day and no more than 32 ounces per month.

The permanent rules take effect September 18, 2020.

The Commission also ratified the following violation fines and suspensions based on stipulated settlements (detailed information on specific cases can be found here on the OLCC website):

Green Valley Wellness in Talent will pay a fine of $4,950 OR serve a 30-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for one violation.

Licensee is: Green Valley Wellness, LLC; P&M Holdings, LLC; Peter Gross, Member; Michael Monarch, Member.

Ahanu Yates; permitee will serve a 30-day marijuana worker permit suspension or pay a $750 fine.

Crystal O’Connell; permitee will serve a 30-day marijuana worker permit suspension or pay a $750 fine.

Juliet King; permitee will serve a 30-day marijuana worker permit suspension or pay a $750 fine.

Tyler Kinert; permitee will serve a 30-day marijuana worker permit suspension or pay a $750 fine.

Heiple L3 will pay a fine of $1,155 OR serve a seven-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Heiple L3, LLC; William Ng, Member.

Yachats Cannabis Company in Yachats will pay a fine of $1,155 OR serve a 7-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Yachats Cannabis Company, LLC; Aaron Bishop, Member; Kati Bishop, Member.

Dark Star Productions will pay a fine of $8,085 OR serve a 49-day recreational marijuana wholesaler license suspension for three violations.

Licensees are: Dark Star Productions, LLC; Kinyon Case, Member; Michelle Case, Member; Diania Turner, Member; Kacie Hersh, Member.

Lucky Lion/Dutch Alchemy in Eugene will pay a fine of $4,950 AND serve a two-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension, OR serve a 32-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are: Dutch Alchemy, LLC; Hilltop Consulting, Inc., Member; Jake Hill, President, Director, Stockholder; Jacqueline Hill, Secretary, Treasurer, Stockholder.

Greenhill Cannabis Farms will surrender its recreational marijuana producer licenseAND each licensee agrees to accept a letter of reprimand for six violations.

Licensees are: Greenhill Cannabis Farms, LLC; Joshua McNamara, Member.

MJBA Week In Weed: April 9, 2015

By TwicebakedinWA

WASHINGTON: Spring is in full effect at Marijuana Business Association headquarters as we entertain upcoming events in the cannabis industry.  With a Meetup in Denver, NCIA policy meeting, and retail pot shops opening in the neighborhood, it promises to be a full week.

There is much anticipation building for next week where MJBA will be welcoming Senator Nelson and his delegation from the US Virgin Islands not to mention attending a special talk by world renowned cannabis researcher, Dr. Ethan Russo. Stay tuned for full coverage of those special events.

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Peace, from MJBA.

 

USVI Senator “Positive” Nelson To Meet With Washington Marijuana Business Leaders April 14th @ Green Lion Farms

WASHINGTON: Senator Terrence “Positive” Nelson and a delegation of pro-pot politicians on a fact-finding mission from the U.S. Virgin Islands will be visiting Washington next week and meeting with Washington’s legal cannabis business community leaders, as part of the Senator’s efforts to legalize and implement a Medicinal Marijuana industry in the USVI.

While in Seattle, Senator Nelson will be the guest of honor at a “High Tea” event, presented and hosted at the SODO headquarters of Green Lion Farms, a licensed cannabis producer/processors,  and attended by leading members of Washington’s legal cannabis business community.

“The success of Washington’s Marijuana industry is very commendable and one to be imitated. Recognizing this, a delegation from the U.S. Virgin Islands will be making an exploratory trip, with the sole purpose of meeting with business owners/participants in the industry and government officials, to gather information and discuss the strategies that could assist the USVI in duplicating Washington’s success with the transition of legalizing and implementing this industry,” the Senator told MJ News Network.

The Marijuana Business Association (MJBA)  is a co-sponsor of the prestigious gathering, and MJBA CEO David Rheins has volunteered to act as emcee. High Tea takes place on Tuesday, April 14th, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM (PDT). Tickets are $150 and available via Eventbrite.

The Saturday Pot Shop Tour

WASHINGTON:  I was cooking a late breakfast in my pajamas on Saturday morning when I received a message from Jessica Jordan, a gal I met through MJBA, asking if I might join her in a day tour of cannabis retail shops in Washington.

Jessica is about to start building her own I-502 retail cannabis shop in Everrett, WA called Mari J’s Highway Pot Shop and was taking the day to see how other retail shops are operating and designed. I have to say there are not too many people I would be into doing this with, but she apparently is one of them. I turned off the stove, threw on some clothes, declared it a hat day, and flew out the door for another cannabis adventure.

The Social And Political Responsibility Of The Legal Cannabis Industry

By David Rheins

This week nearly 100 women gathered at a restaurant in downtown Seattle to listen to local politicians and activists discuss their role in shaping Washington’s emerging legal marijuana industry.  The “Power of Politics” was organized by the Marijuana Business Association’s Women’s Alliance for its many women-run cannabis businesses, including sponsors Eden Labs, Washington Bud Company and Cannabis Basics.

Laughter, tears, passion, and personal herstories – there is something undeniably powerful about a gathering of women who turn out to talk about politics. The energy and determined strength that emerges when the community focuses on an issue of concern is palpable, and when those 100 women represent nearly as many legal cannabis businesses – the energy they create can transform the political and cultural landscape.

For while ostensibly the vote and the voice of every woman – and every man – are equal in importance to our representatives in government, those in the know will attest that the opinions of business owners speak loudest of all to politicians. For small and entrepreneurial businesses represent jobs, and jobs represent votes and tax revenues, and those are the things that elect and re-elect politicians.

The Marijuana Business Association (MJBA) believes that as the first generation of cannabis business owners and operators we have a unique opportunity and responsibility to positively shape the emerging marketplace and our local communities.  The new industry that we are building already represents millions of dollars of tax revenues and thousands of jobs and will only get bigger. As the first crop of business operators in the country’s fastest growing industry, we speak with loud voices.

After 75 years of prohibition and propaganda have demonized cannabis and its consumers, industry participants must be involved in the political process – as individuals through our political donations, votes and vocalizations, and as business leaders in the manner in which we conduct our trade.

The MJBA does not endorse any individual political party or politician, we see it our role to host the forums for cannabis businesses to gather, parse, discuss, distill and build consensus around relevant policy issues.  We facilitate discussion and of dissemination of relevant business intelligence and market data through our media properties like MJNewsNetwork and Marijuana Channel One, and professional education events like the MJBA Women’s Alliance “Power of Politics.”

The first legal cannabis businesses and the people who operate them are inherently political.  Each day we open our doors for business – planting, processing and selling the plant, or otherwise supporting the cannabis economy – we effect social change.  Every participant in the new legal cannabis economy is a revolutionary, changing public perceptions at every consumer touchpoint.  Each new brand identity that we create makes a political and cultural statement.

Post-prohibition culture is beginning to emerge one legal state at a time. The tone and ethos of that culture is being set by the first crop of legal cannabis brands. It is being shaped by the company cultures that we create, and in how we compensate and treat our employees. We are establishing our social values in the quality and purity of the products that we build and market, and in the manner in which we treat our customers.  Our success and sustainability as an industry will be dependent upon how we conduct ourselves as ethical businesses respectfully serving the needs of our local communities.

Senators Ann Rivers, Jeanne-Kohl Wells Keynote “The Power of Politics” on Wednesday, March 25th in Seattle

WASHINGTON: The legal landscape for marijuana businesses in Washington is about to change radically as a result of new legislation under consideration in Olympia designed to bring the state’s unregulated MMJ system together with its nascent I-502 recreational pot industry. The authors of two leading marijuana bills are veteran women lawmakers – and to sell these changes through to the cannabusiness community – both will be featured speakers at “The Power of Politics,” a gathering of the important female cannabis executives. Organized by the MJBA Women’s Alliance, and sponsored by Eden Labs, Washington Bud Company and Cannabis Basics, the exclusive evening of information, inspiration and activation takes place on Wednesday, March 25th, 6PM at the Palace Ballroom in Seattle.

Republican Senator Ann Rivers, author of the market consolidating SB 5052, and Democratic Senator Jeanne-Kohl-Welles, author of SB 6083 calling for home grow for all adults 21+, will explore how Washington’s medical and recreational laws are changing, and how those changes will impact operators of the state’s cannabis businesses.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that women are poised to lead an industry,” mistress of ceremonies and Washington Bud Company founder Shawn DeNae told MJNN in an exclusive conversation.  “Blame it on the Age of Aquarius, on [Facebook COO]  Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In’ or the female nature of the plant we love! Now is the time the important foundation of legal cannabis is being planned and women are helping guide that conversation.”

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Joining Senators Kohl-Welles and Rivers, will be Bellingham City Councilwoman Pinky Vargas, Mayor of Sultan Carolyn Eslick and Seattle City Councilwoman Jean Godden, along with the MJBA Women’s Alliance’s cadre of  business leaders, including Cannabis Basic’s founder Ah Warner – who helped to write the HABA bill, which would allow for the legal sale of  “topicals” — salves and lotions made with low-levels of THC, and Joy Beckerman, President at WA State Chapter of the Hemp Industries Association, a leading activist helping to legalize industrial hemp in the state.

“Direct communication with our lawmakers is vital and that is why the MJBA Women’s Alliance chose to have this event now,” DeNae explained. “ We do not have the luxury of decades to become part of each other’s circles of influence.  We need to know our lawmakers and they need to know the pioneering women, the entrepreneurial women and the legacy women of cannabis.  We must build trust so we can cross the bridge to legitimacy in every corner of politics beginning at the local level.”

MJBA Women’s Alliance’s “The Power of Politics” takes place on Wednesday, March 25th at 6PM at the Palace Ballroom in downtown Seattle. Tix are available online via EventBrite: 

Pot Politics And The Power Of The Purse

Politics is the reflex of the business and industrial world.

Emma Goldman

By David Rheins

All of us working in the legal cannabis industry owe a great debt to the selfless sacrifice of the many political activists who came before us.  Generations have stood up, protested, gotten arrested and worse over these many decades in a struggle to end the federal prohibition of our beloved plant.  Without the efforts of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) and the grassroots efforts of groups like Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) and Seattle Hempfest, there would be no legal marijuana industry – medical or recreational – in this country, and certainly no Marijuana Business Association (MJBA).

Today, a second phase of the marijuana reform movement is beginning – one propelled by the massive economic and social power of the fastest growing industry in the country, and driven by a new crop of canna-business leaders who are knitting together the fabric of post-prohibition America faster than anyone could have predicted.

The power of the purse magnified by the resonance of digital and social media is normalizing once verboten cannabis use in America. Pot Smoking Presidents, epileptic children and marijuana moms have all contributed to the process. Yesterday’s radical has adopted new rules and morphed into today’s business pioneer. Reflecting this change, NORML has unveiled a business partnership program, Seattle Hempfest has added its own business summit to this year’s venerated music and free speech festival, and even right-wing business magazine Forbes has launched a pot blog.

Prohibition was always political. Pot smokers were – and in many places remain – outlaws.  Yippie! founder Abbie Hoffman once declared that “Every time I smoke pot it is a revolutionary act.”

It wasn’t until the 1990s that medical cannabis and patient’s rights began carrying the heavy water for the reform movement.  Compassion for dying AIDS patients drove the establishment of those first California MMJ regulations, and today children with seizure disorders and soldiers with PTSD continue to sway public opinion.  With nearly half of the United States having some form of medical marijuana law on the books and poll after poll showing the majority of us favor the legalization of cannabis for medical use, it is clear that some sort of national tipping point has been surpassed.  Just last week, a bi-partisan effort from Senators Cory Booker, Rand Paul and Kirsten Gillibrand to reschedule cannabis at the federal level was introduced to Congress.

Still, MMJ patients represent only a fraction of the Americans who use cannabis, and our prisons and unemployment ranks are filled to overflowing with the economic victims of the failed “War on Drugs,” a disproportionate number of whom are black and brown.

Capitalizing on pot’s refurbished image, voter initiatives in four states have made the production and sale of recreational marijuana legal, and several more including massive California and lucrative Nevada are poised to join them in 2016. It doesn’t take a weatherman to know that Federal Prohibition has blown its course.   With $700 million dollars in cannabis sales in Colorado in 2014; another $100 million in sales to date in Washington – a new chapter in American society is being written, and anyone answering the call to become a participant in the new legal cannabis industry is both a pioneer and a revolutionary.

While here in Washington, laws are being hammered out that seek to bring the state’s unregulated medical marijuana system and I-502 recreational marijuana industry together, a larger war for the hearts and minds of the public at large is being waged in the great marketplace of ideas.  Once our drug laws have been rewritten, the long process of the normalization of cannabis and cannabis users into the fabric of the culture and society begins. Each of us involved in the industry serves as an ambassador and a representative of this brave new world, and as such we must comport ourselves with the highest professional standards.

At the MJBA, we believe that through the establishment of a legitimate, profitable regulated industry – one that generates living-wage jobs, ample tax revenues and renewed economic activity – we can reintegrate disenfranchised citizens back into the mainstream workforce and reinvigorate our local communities.

The Marijuana Business Association serves its membership – licensed producers, processors, retailers and the many professional service companies who support them – by providing the digital and physical environments where our emerging business community can gather to share information, network and explore opportunity.  Members rely upon the MJBA for:

  • Business Intelligence – MJBA’s extensive network of targeted web sites, e-letters, publications and MJ Research programs keep track of a dynamic marketplace
  • Community and Networking  – MJBA monthly meetups and our many professional education seminars, Vendor Fairs and Job Fairs across Washington, Colorado and Oregon, bring together the industry’s leading players
  • Commercial Opportunity  – MJBA members rely on member referrals, lead generation and affinity programs to grow their businesses

The MJBA Women’s Alliance provides a unique platform for industry thought leaders to convene around issues particular to women in cannabis.  Past event speakers have included activists LEAP’s Diane Wattles Goldstein, Ladybud’s Diane Fornbacher, SSDP’s Betty Aldworth, Washington Bud Company’s Shawn DeNae and Cannabis Basics’ Ah Warner.  On March 25th, MJBA Women’s Alliance will host, “The Power of Politics” – an evening of insights on how Washington cannabis laws are changing, who’s changing them, and how you can influence the outcome to benefit your business.

These are exciting times. Scary, uncertain, fluid times.  I would encourage you all as you face these unprecedented pressures to remain positive and focused on working collectively to find solutions that work for all of the community.  As Martin Luther King, Jr once taught us: “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”

MJ Research Report: Washington Recreational Marijuana Sales Grow By More Than 20% In February

By Joe Armes

WASHINGTON: Combined Producer, Processor and Retailer monthly sales in Washington State grew at its fastest rate since November, growing by 20.5% from $18.5M in January to $22.7M in February, a month with 3 fewer days.

Retail sales grew at 22.2% from $12.7M in January to $15.52M February while Producer/Processor sales grew by 16.6% from $5.77M to $6.73M.  Both are great news for producer/processors sitting on surplus inventories left over from last fall’s big harvest and are indicators surplus inventories will continue to burn down over the coming months.

Here are some other insights from the Washington State Recreational Cannabis Business Intelligence Dashboard:

  • Year-to-date combined producer, processor and retailer sales as of March 9th have totaled $49M, resulting in $12.3M in excise taxes due to the state.
  • There are currently 127 approved retail stores in Washington State and as of March 9th 107 of these retail stores had recorded sales.
  • A new single day sales record was recorded on February 27th with $1.55M in combined producer, processor and retailer sales.

If you are a producer, processor or retailer who would like to be a confidential data provider for the dashboard and receive custom business insights or would like more information about business intelligence and analytics feel free to contact Joe at joe@analyticallycorrect.com.

 

About Joe Armes: Joe is the founder of Analytically Correct, a data analytics services company that provides custom analytics solutions that transform data into insights to allow decision makers to focus on what adds most value. His passion is to work with organizations with deeply rooted causes to help them gain access to the knowledge needed to make timely and informed decisions.

Hmm..Did You Know Shifts Perceptions With Rich Media Cannabis Portal

WASHINGTON: Marijuana marketing is coming of age now that legalization is growing both the need and the branding budgets of the cannabis industry’s first crop of pot products.

Cannabis media too is evolving – moving beyond the stereotypical High Times and Cheech & Chong 1970’s sensibility into the modern era of integrated digital marketing.   Meeting the growing need for reliable information — about the laws, the culture, the science and the new cannabis brands —  New York filmmaker Kerri Accardi and her 420MEDIA agency are rolling out a new platform called “Hmm did you know?”

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In an exclusive interview with MJ News Network, Accardi explains that HDYK will be a visually-inspired rich media web destination designed to serve as a comprehensive source of information, education, and entertainment about cannabis and hemp.   “We are creating an online platform featuring professionally-produced series, commercials, digital media, and integrated marketing. HDYK is a place to see faces of the cannabis industry.”

Accardi came to the industry first as an activist, pursuing a passionate drive to raise the awareness of medical marijuana.  Through project work with several leading dispensaries and an assignment shooting last summer’s Seattle Hempfest,  she developed strong personal connections with pioneers and industry leaders, many of whom have agreed to participate in HDYK, including Hempfest’s Vivian McPeak, CCSE’s John Davis and MJBA’s David Rheins.

“The idea manifested when my Aunt Kathy was sick and I was trying to convince my family that cannabis was medicine,” the Staten Island native told MJNN. “There was no where for to me to show them other than scattered websites that were far and few between.  Grateful and beyond humbled I’m now aligned with pioneers and industry leaders to share education and information on a global level through visual entertainment and media.”

The multi-media platform will focus initial content offerings in five key channels: Healing, Science, Business, Hemp and Organic Growing, with an emphasis on programming that shifts public perceptions shaped by years of propaganda. “HDYK will shift consciousness and change the way people perceive our miracle plant, ” she said. “It will give the industry a place to share their products and information while providing the knowledge to those seeking.”

Advertising opportunities begin as low as $1000, and scale all the way up  $50K primary sponsorship packages.

For more information about getting involved with Hmm Did You Know? Email info@420MEDIA.us; or call (425) 420-0585

MJBA’s Cannabis Job Fair Brings Together Top Employers and Job Seekers

WASHINGTON: The legal cannabis industry in Washington is poised to scale in 2015, as more licensed retail stores come online and relatively low price points drive consumer demand.  According to the latest MJ Research report, Washington’s cannabis industry has surpassed $100M in sales in its first 33 weeks of legal sales, and that is in turn creating jobs.In response, many canna-businesses are getting into hiring mode.

The legalization of marijuana has created thousands of new jobs — 10,000 in Colorado last year.  This year that trend will only continue, as more stores open and more product becomes available.

This weekend in Seattle, the MJBA Job Fair will become ground zero for those interested in a career in legal cannabis — bringing together Washington State’s top cannabis industry employers and HR professionals and industry thought leaders with local job seekers.

MJBA Job Fair March 3, 2015 at Red Lion Hotel Bellevue WA

MJBA Job Fair March 3, 2015 at Red Lion Hotel Bellevue WA

The full day event includes a 2015 Jobs Outlook, and featured employer presentations from Producers, Retailers, Processors and service providers. Author and motivational speaker Tiffany McVeety will speak on “Being Your Own Boss” and CTI’s Greta Carter will talk about the importance of training and certification.

Job candidates will have the opportunity to take the stage and deliver their 60-second elevator pitch.Last fall’s MJBA Job Fair garnered tremendous publicity, and attracted approximately 500 people, according to organizers. More than 30+ employers turned out as sponsors seeking to fill more than 140 jobs. This year’s event, is being sponsored by RMMC Consulting, Eden Labs, Cannabis Training Institute, Viridian Sciences, 420MEDIA, and Weedhire.com, and looks to be even larger.

Here are some highlights of the media coverage of Job Fair Seattle last fall:

http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2014/09/29/washingtons-top-pot-companies-recruit-at-seattle-job-fair/

http://www.bellevuereporter.com/business/277490131.html

http://viridiansciences.com/first-pot-job-fair/

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