Oregon’s Big Marijuana Harvests: How Do You Bring All That Pot Into The Legal Market?

OREGON:  More than any state that has legalized marijuana, Oregon is a champion when it comes to producing the drug.

Seth Crawford, a marijuana policy researcher at Oregon State University, estimates the state grows three to five times the 150,000 pounds or so consumed by Oregon pot users — a crop potentially worth more than any other single agricultural commodity in the state.

A report from a Seattle venture capital firm specializing in pot says the state’s legally allowed producers – those who grow for medical marijuana patients – harvest enough to meet the needs not only of patients in Oregon but in Washington, Colorado and Arizona as well.

“We’ve got plenty of supply,” says Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, and a member of the committee overseeing implementation of the pot legalization initiative. He wholeheartedly endorsed the common quip that Oregon is the “Saudi Arabia of marijuana.”