OLCC: Cannabis Sales Hit Record In 2020

According to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, recreational-cannabis sales dramatically jumped last year. Citing the coronavirus lockdowns and protests for racial justice, OLCC says 2020 was a record year of business for the state’s marijuana industry. Total marijuana sales in Oregon jumped from $795 million in 2019, to $1,110,520,723 for the year that just ended. […]

New Program Seeks to Close Gaps in US Hemp Supply Chain

High Grade Hemp Seed this week introduced a Farm Partner Program seeking to make consistent, compliant production a reality for the U.S. hemp market. Co-created by Center Pivot Group, the new Farm Partner Program will provide an infrastructure for hemp producers that guarantees a price for hemp flower at harvest. The harvested hemp must be […]

Hemp/CBD Connex Event Gets Underway Wednesday in Portland

The future of the hemp and CBD industry will take center stage at the Portland Expo Center Wednesday and Thursday, during the Connex event.  The two day event will focus on the evolution of the hemp market, talk about what resources and sale opportunities exist for growers and what’s being done to promote hemp across […]

USDA Has Warnings For Growers Looking At Getting Into Hemp Production

Many farmers nationwide and across the Northwest, are excited about growing hemp. However, the USDA has several words of caution. “Just like every other crop has it’s risks and rewards hemp is not without its production risks and difficulties either,” said USDA Undersecretary Greg Ibach. One risk he notes is that  weather or some other […]

Is a Hemp Checkoff Coming from USDA?

A USDA official said earlier this week that the U.S. hemp industry could have a producer-funded checkoff program coming soon.  The Agricultural Marketing Service’s Director of the Specialty Crops Programs’ Promotion and Economics Division spoke at the Hemp Industries Association’s annual conference. Hemp Industry Daily notes that the director said the hemp industry “clearly has […]

Franklin County Reporting Acres Of Illegal Marijuana Grows In Corn Fields

Corn growers in northern Franklin County have reported a problem in many of their fields, illegal marijuana grows.  Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond said these sweeps started a few weeks ago after farmers and citizens reported the pot plants.   “We’ve been doing a lot of drone flights, looking over acres and acres of corn […]

Oregon Marijuana Growers Report Huge Harvest

For the second year in a row, Oregon cannabis farmers have harvested more than a million pounds of usable marijuana.  The huge harvest (more than 453,592 kilograms) is again driving down prices for consumers and putting pressure on growers who aren’t getting the price they hoped for after a similar phenomenon in 2017.  Oregon’s cannabis […]

Oregon Looks At Exporting Marijuana

Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregon’s list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the New Year.  The Statesman Journal reports that the Craft Cannabis Alliance, a business association led by founder and executive director Adam Smith, is working with legislators to […]