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Women Grow Portland Chapter Co-chair Embroiled in Disputes and Lawsuits

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By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection

1-25-2016 6:00PM (updated 1-26-2016 6:45PM)

 

A newly-formed cannabis business networking group called Women Grow has burst onto the national scene and opened chapters across the country in the past year, but allegations in multiple lawsuits against one of their Oregon leaders raises questions about the new organization's own leadership.

A “Radical” Interview

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OCC Sits Down With Oregon's "Radical" Russ Belville

"Radical" Russ Belville has been advocating for the end of marijuana prohibition for over a decade. He is a proud Oregon transplant, as so many of us are, and is instrumental in informing everyone about cannabis in this nation through his internet radio show The Russ Belville Show. We are glad to have him contributing to the Oregon Cannabis Connection and wanted to give everyone a bit more insight into his motivation, inspiration, and plans for the future. Luckily for me, Russ was able to sit down and chat with me during the Thanksgiving weekend, and this is our conversation.

 

OCC: When did you become involved in the marijuana legalization movement?

Acclimatized Seeds for Southern Oregon

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By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

There's a new cannabis seed company providing unique strains to the Southern Oregon region, which are uniquely suited for the climate. Moonflower Gardens is now providing strains such as Royal Blue Durban to the market, especially aimed at the commercial outdoor growers.

Richard Reames, the company's founder, is a resident of Oregon and lives in the Applegate Valley, where he has spent many years as a tree sculptor. He is a certified arborist and can create living sculptures with trees. He has clients across the country who have employed him to design pieces of living art for their gardens. His property is covered in arboricultural masterpieces, too. They are a tribute to his prowess with plants.

Major Changes Ahead For Cannabis Testing in Oregon

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By Keith Mansur,

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

After nearly two years of inadequate testing rules and poorly operated laboratories across the state, Oregon Health Authority adopted new temporary rules in hopes of combating what is a growing problem. After the passage of HB 3460 in 2013, no certification rules for testing labs were ever adopted in the state, as Oregon Cannabis Connection pointed out in “Problems with Oregon Cannabis Testing” (Aug/Sep issue in 2014).

A subsequent investigation by the Oregonian in June of this year discovered that major problems did indeed exist with contaminated cannabis at Oregon dispensaries, especially concentrates:

Oregon Marijuana Business Conference a Great Day of Cannabis Activism and Entrepreneurism

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From Marijuanapolitics.com

 

Marijuana Politics is proud to help organize the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC) and the turnout and feedback only encourage us to help educate the Oregon cannabis industry and community and provide a networking opportunity to help any marijuana business entrepreneur. More than 700 people packed into the Ashland Hills Hotel and Suites to hear from policy experts, established entrepreneurs, activists, legislators and attorneys who covered a variety of topics regarding marijuana business and licensing. We are energized by the conference to not only continue future work in Oregon, but also for the upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco on February 13th and 14th.

Medford City Council Drops Ban, Opt For Referral To Residents

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By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

November 20, 2015

Medford's City council, during their afternoon session yesterday, voted to postpone the councils discussion and second reading of their controversial ban on all residential marijuana cultivation in the city. The motion, made by councilman Kevin Stein, was seconded by Councilman Clay Bearnson, and passed with a 6-2 vote. Even Councilman Tim Jackle, who supported the ban strongly, voted to continue the conversation in the evening session.

OLCC to Hold Recreational Marijuana License Workshops

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Will Provide Overview of Temporary Rules, License Application Process

November 13, 2015

Women Grow Portland Chapter Co-chair Embroiled in Disputes and Lawsuits

Leah Maurer - Image: The Weed Blog

By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection

1-25-2016 6:00PM (updated 1-26-2016 6:45PM)

 

A newly-formed cannabis business networking group called Women Grow has burst onto the national scene and opened chapters across the country in the past year, but allegations in multiple lawsuits against one of their Oregon leaders raises questions about the new organization's own leadership.

Acclimatized Seeds for Southern Oregon

RB_mana_durban.jpg

By Keith Mansur
Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

There's a new cannabis seed company providing unique strains to the Southern Oregon region, which are uniquely suited for the climate. Moonflower Gardens is now providing strains such as Royal Blue Durban to the market, especially aimed at the commercial outdoor growers.

Richard Reames, the company's founder, is a resident of Oregon and lives in the Applegate Valley, where he has spent many years as a tree sculptor. He is a certified arborist and can create living sculptures with trees. He has clients across the country who have employed him to design pieces of living art for their gardens. His property is covered in arboricultural masterpieces, too. They are a tribute to his prowess with plants.

Major Changes Ahead For Cannabis Testing in Oregon

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By Keith Mansur,

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

After nearly two years of inadequate testing rules and poorly operated laboratories across the state, Oregon Health Authority adopted new temporary rules in hopes of combating what is a growing problem. After the passage of HB 3460 in 2013, no certification rules for testing labs were ever adopted in the state, as Oregon Cannabis Connection pointed out in “Problems with Oregon Cannabis Testing” (Aug/Sep issue in 2014).

A subsequent investigation by the Oregonian in June of this year discovered that major problems did indeed exist with contaminated cannabis at Oregon dispensaries, especially concentrates:

Medford City Council Drops Ban, Opt For Referral To Residents

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By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

November 20, 2015

Medford's City council, during their afternoon session yesterday, voted to postpone the councils discussion and second reading of their controversial ban on all residential marijuana cultivation in the city. The motion, made by councilman Kevin Stein, was seconded by Councilman Clay Bearnson, and passed with a 6-2 vote. Even Councilman Tim Jackle, who supported the ban strongly, voted to continue the conversation in the evening session.

OLCC to Hold Recreational Marijuana License Workshops

OLCC

Will Provide Overview of Temporary Rules, License Application Process

November 13, 2015

Colombia President To Legalize Marijuana

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By Jason Shams
Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

Colombian President Juan Manual Santos will soon sign a law that will legalize medicinal marijuana within the country. The new policy will allow the cultivation, processing and sale of marijuana for medical and scientific purposes.

Justice Minister Yesid Reyes announced the new policy on Thursday, November 12th in an interview with a Colombian radio station. The new law will allow and regulate everything from licensing of growers to the eventual export of products made from marijuana. Colombia is already the largest exporter of cocaine to the United States, and home to a number of potent strains of marijuana. Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria stated in an interview with Blu Radio that he hopes to see Colombia become a major exporter of marijuana products, with investors and businesses already showing interest in the country’s marijuana sector.

Humble Pie for the Marijuana Movement

No Issue 3

Ohio's Issue 3 Goes Down Hard

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

Ohio took a shot at legalizing marijuana yesterday, and fell far short. They were so far short that they not only failed to pass a voter initiative, the electorate voted to ban monopolistic control over markets that deal in controlled substances...most specifically, Cannabis. So, not only did Ohio fail with a yes vote of only 36%, they managed to put a major roadblock in the way of future legalization efforts for medical or recreational by passing the opposing measure, Issue 2.

Lets break this down into the major parts that were at play in the failure of Issue 3 on November 3rd.

First, the measure was too broad for a state like Ohio.

Oregon Sold 11 Million in Cannabis The First Week of Sales

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Will Communities Change Their Mind On Bans? Will Patient Fees Go Down?

By Keith Mansur

Oregon Cannabis Connection

 

After a full week of legal marijuana sales to adults in Oregon, the numbers have completely blown Washington and Colorado out of the water! Even being the first to legalize, Colorado's first week of $5 million dollars in sales paled in comparison to Oregon's $11 million. And...Oregon has HALF the population of Colorado!

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