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  • 28 Jul 2023 2:12 PM | Jesse Bontecou (Administrator)

    For Immediate Release:

    The Cannabis Industry Association of Oregon (CIAO), Southern Oregon Family Farms, and Cannassentials farm have filed filed an emergency motion to halt enforcement of the new Aspergillus testing regulations.

    OREGON, July 28, 2023 - The Cannabis Industry Association of Oregon (CIAO), Southern Oregon Family Farms, and Cannassentials farm today filed an emergency motion to the Oregon Court of Appeals to halt enforcement of the Oregon Health Authority's (OHA) new Aspergillus testing regulations which are causing critical harm to the state's cannabis industry and exceed the OHA’s statutory authority as there are less restrictive Aspergillus testing alternatives. 

    The current testing requirements are inconsistent, confusing, and exorbitantly costly, leading to disastrous financial consequences for cannabis businesses across Oregon. The industry, unique and invaluable to Oregon's culture and economy, is being pushed to the brink of financial collapse by these regulations. This situation calls for urgent intervention to ensure survival of this thriving industry.

    Today, we are calling for an emergency suspension of qPCR compliance testing and METRC reporting for Aspergillus. A pause would afford the industry the crucial opportunity to rectify existing testing inconsistencies and deficiencies, formulate new rules aligned with scientific evidence ensuring regulations are not excessively restrictive, while protecting public safety. This motion will not affect current testing requirements for water activity, mycotoxins, heavy metals, or pesticides. 

    Several factors underline the need for this urgent pause:

    1. Scientific Uncertainty: No clear link has been established between the consumption of cannabis products and Aspergillus-related health issues, warranting further research before enforcement of costly and overly restrictive rules. 

    2. Prevalence of Aspergillus: Aspergillus, especially A. fumigatus & A. flavus are environmentally ubiquitous fungi that Oregonians inhale every day. The strict pass/fail criterion is leading to random and economically damaging failures for cultivators and requires cannabis to conform to standards that no other agricultural product on the market is currently required to comply with.

    3. Legitimacy of Testing: Growing national skepticism around the effectiveness of Aspergillus testing calls for a comprehensive reevaluation of the rule's validity, its economic impacts on the industry, and whether there is any appreciable benefit to consumers. 

    4. Inconsistency in Testing: Significant inconsistencies in testing results and a stringent rule permitting only a single remediation attempt have added to the financial burden on cannabis businesses.

    5. Financial Impact: The current rules disregard additional costs for compliance, threatening to bankrupt cannabis businesses due to factors including - loss of product, increased number of compliance tests, disincentive of composite testing, post-testing remediation, and facilities upgrades. 

    We urge the OHA and OLCC to work with the industry to create evidence-based, economically viable testing reforms that uphold consumer safety and the prosperity of Oregon's cannabis industry.

    Media Contact:

    Jesse Bontecou

    Executive Director | Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon

    jesse@ciaoforegon.org | 503-381-7173

    Download Official Press Release

    Download Our Motion to the Court 

    Sign The Petition

  • 5 Jul 2023 3:26 PM | Jesse Bontecou (Administrator)

    Dear Oregon Cannabis Industry Insiders,

    We hope this message finds you thriving and in good spirits. As valued members of Oregon's vibrant cannabis community, we are reaching out to you with an urgent call to action. Our cannabis farms are currently facing a critical challenge that demands our immediate attention. 

    The new Aspergillus testing regulations are not based on robust science or evidence, and they are causing significant harm to Oregon's struggling cannabis industry. We urgently need your support to rectify these unreasonable testing regulations, enabling Oregon's producers to continue cultivating the safe, world-class cannabis that Oregonians desire.

    In response to this pressing issue, hundreds of cannabis licensees have united to launch a petition advocating for evidence-based testing regulations. By signing this petition, you can make a substantial impact on the trajectory of cannabis regulations and safeguard the livelihoods of countless farmers who rely on this industry.

    We kindly request you to take a moment to sign the petition by visiting the following link: Save Oregon's Cannabis Farms Petition

    Why should you sign this petition?

    1. Fixing Harmful Testing Practices: Oregon's current cannabis testing regime is negatively impacting the industry. The testing process is inconsistent, confusing, and excessively costly, leading to severe financial difficulties for Oregon cannabis businesses.

    2. Preserving Jobs and Boosting the Local Economy: Cannabis farming creates employment opportunities and contributes to the local economy. By supporting evidence-based regulations, we can establish a sustainable environment for cannabis farms to thrive, benefiting our entire community.

    3. Ensuring Safety and Quality: Well-regulated cannabis farms adhere to stringent quality control measures, guaranteeing that consumers have access to safe and reliable products. By advocating for evidence-based regulations, we can promote responsible farming practices and prioritize consumer safety.

    4. Fostering Research and Encouraging Innovation: Evidence-based regulations will foster research and innovation within the cannabis industry, leading to advancements in cultivation techniques, medical applications, and sustainable farming practices.

    Your signature holds significant weight! Together, we can make a difference and secure the future of our cannabis farms. We kindly ask you to sign the petition today and share it with your friends, family, and colleagues who share our passion for supporting evidence-based regulations.

    Thank you for your unwavering support and steadfast commitment to this crucial cause. If you have any questions or require additional information, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

    Stronger Together!

    Jesse Bontecou

    Executive Director | CIAO

  • 12 May 2023 2:53 PM | Doc Collins (Administrator)

    Legislative Action Alert - Part 2:

    Help fight predatory and destructive businesses practices in our cannabis industry. Submit testimony by COB Monday!

     Hey Everyone,

    I know I just emailed you yesterday, but time is of the essence right now and we need you to act by COB Monday! 

    Pleas take a moment to review the email below and then add your voice to this critical effort to save the good reputation of Oregon's Cannabis Industry.

    Oregon's cannabis industry, its good reputation, and political relationships have been severely damaged by the onslaught of negative news stories relating to La Mota

    As an industry it is critical that we come together, take a stand, and tell the true story about who and what this industry is all about. This is essential for passing legislation this year, and more importantly, to our ability to pass pro-cannabis legislation and rule changes in the future.

    That is why the CIAO Board sent a clear letter to every Oregon legislator last Thursday excoriating the business practices used by La Mota and asking for the legislators to take action against those types of practicesNow we need your voice to help pass HB 2515 and save the reputation of Oregon's cannabis industryThis bill will help hold those predatory cannabis businesses accountable and limit their ability to profit off the backs of other business's suffering.

    All of us have to step-up and remind our elected officials of all the good, hard working, and dedicated folks that make this industry what it is.

    How You Can Help

    We need everyone to reach out to your state senator and representative and ask them to support the passage of HB 2515 before COB Monday.

    Below are instructions on how to identify your legislators, a template for testimony, and a description of what HB 2515 will do FYI. We need as many emails sent as possible in the next 48 hours as we have to make progress quickly.

    Find My Legislators:Use this link - Find My Legislators - and enter the address of your home and/or business and select the emails of your state senator(s) and state representative(s). Please Note -  You are a constituent of the legislators that represent your home and your business.

    Importan please CC me when you email your legislators so we can identify legislators we need to focus on - jesse@oregoncannabisretailers.cMessage Template: Please note, you have to edit the first paragraph with your own information. You can download the template here - HB 2515 Messaging Template. 

    Subject: Please Support HB 2515

    Dear (Title) (Name), 

    As your constituent and a member of our state’s regulated cannabis industry, I am writing to ask for your help. My name is [___________] and I (own/work at) [__________] which employees [____] people.

    The recent revelations about La Mota’s business dealings show the urgent need for change to Oregon’s cannabis regulatory system. We must not allow companies like La Mota to continue exploiting that system at the expense of hard working, honest Oregonians. I urge you to support and pass HB2515, which is being amended to ensure cannabis companies in Oregon pay their bills, pay their taxes, and cannot continue to expand through nefarious practices. 

    If you take no action, nothing will change. Companies like La Mota will continue their exploitation of our state’s cannabis system. This is about more than cannabis, and more than La Mota. I ask that you send a strong message that this is Oregon, and that kind of activity has no place here, in our home.


    [_Name_HB 2515 Details: DO NOT INCLUDE THIS IN YOUR EMAIL!

    HB 2515, once amended, will do the following: 

    1. It will tie new licenses to population by preventing the OLCC from accepting new applications for licenses until we achieve more market balance. Specifically, no new applications can be accepted until there is only one producer and one retailer for every 7500 adult residents and one wholesaler and one processor for every 12,500 adult residents.  All existing licenses and licensee rights and privileges will be grandfathered in and will not be affected.
    2. Starting in 2024, it will direct the OLCC to verify that retailers are current or in good standing with the DOR for cannabis sales taxes to be able to renew the license. for the purposes of license renewal. All DOR-approved payment plans entered into prior to 2024 will be exempted from this requirement.  This provision will be limited to cannabis sales taxes only. 
    3. It will also direct the OLCC to investigate ways too help reign in unfair business practices, such as refusal to make good faith efforts to pay vendors.

    Finally: Do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions, fears, concerns, or ideas - Jesse Bontecou, Jesse@oregoncannabisretailers.com)

    Together we make a difference!

    The Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association (ORCA) is becoming:

    The Cannabis Industry Alliance of Oregon (CIAO)!

    Be aware: In the coming weeks, we'll be shifting more and more of our operations under the new CIA banner as we complete the merger process with the other leading cannabis trade organizations here in Oregon.

    ORCA Memberships carry over automatically.

    CIA of Oregon is a non-profit trade association of over 500 member businesses all across the state. We're still fighting for smarter regulations

    and regulatory fairness to help create a thriving cannabis industry for all.


    We really appreciate all of you who make it a point to stay engaged with the work we're doing - and we're confident that your attention will pay dividends!

    It's important - now more so than ever before - that we unify as a community, and speak with one voice to help shape the future of our industry.

    And if you're not currently a member, but you want to support the work we're doing to make the industry more successful for all - then email me to JOIN NOW!

    And please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns about what's happening on the policy front.


    Jesse Bontecou

    Executive Director, CIAO (Formerly ORCA)


  • 4 Dec 2022 1:49 PM | Jesse Bontecou (Administrator)

    Dear Cannabis Licensees and Industry Insiders,

    Great News!

    We are able to proudly report that today the OLCC published its proposed rules for Batch Tagging Mature (Flowering) Cannabis Plants and announced the date for the public hearing for comments: 10:00am on December 19th, 2022.

    For more than four years, the CIA of Oregon’s policy team has been fighting to get rid of single plant tagging in Oregon through advocacy, rule making, legislative action, and media outreach.

    This effort has long been one of our hallmark policy issues, and each and every member deserves credit and thanks for helping to fund and support this effort!

    Since the beginning of Oregon’s recreational cannabis program, Oregon’s cannabis farmers have been paying millions each year to purchase single-use (non-recyclable) plastic plant tags, which provide little-to-no benefit to businesses or regulators. In the 2020 legislative session, we originated this concept and authored the language that would change this in statute - and our lobbying team fought for that bill to get rid of single plant tagging. That effort directly led to this amazing proposed rule change. This victory, however, could not have happened without legislators and OLCC staff working with industry and taking our concerns seriously.

    The draft rule language allows for single METRC plant tag to track up to 100 mature cannabis plants that are the same strain and in the same location as a single plant batch. 

    These proposed rules are a terrific win, but there is a lot that still has to happen before we can claim a complete victory. In the upcoming legislative session, there will be an essential funding component we have to pass for these rules to work.

    Our team will continue to work tirelessly with the OLCC and the legislature to get this thing done once and for all.

    “As a small farm owner, plant tagging has been slow, expensive, and infuriating for me for over six years. I believe it epitomizes the absurdity of much of our regulatory system. The fact that we at CIA of Oregon, and as an industry in general, can and are changing these kinds of regulations gives me hope for the future, even in these difficult times. This fight has been hard, but worth it.”
    ~ Mike Getlin, Owner, Old Apple Farm

    We are deeply grateful to both the OLCC and the legislature for their help and leadership on this issue, and we are looking forward to a future that involves lower costs and easier operations for Oregon’s cannabis farms.

    None of this happens without your support.
    Will this, or our other efforts, help your business?

    If so, consider a contribution to our efforts - and encourage the businesses you work with to become a part of our association too! Even if it’s just our grassroots membership - just $35 per month - it shows our staff that you're invested in this fight, it shows our legislature that we’re all here to support them and our communities, and it keeps us in the game and fighting on your behalf!

  • 24 Oct 2022 2:07 PM | Jesse Bontecou (Administrator)

    Dear Cannabis Licensees and Industry Insiders,

    On October 3rd the OLCC sent out the notice of its proposed rules on "Marijuana & Hemp 2022 Legislation Implementation & Technical Updates".

    TOMORROW - Tuesday Oct 25th 10:00am-11:00am is the public hearing for people to provide verbal comments.

    Monday Oct. 31st 12:00pm is the deadline for written public comments, which you can submit by emailing nicole.blosse@oregon.gov. 

    Here is the link to the proposed rules package: 

    Marijuana & Hemp 2022 Legislation Implementation & Technical Updates

    The CIA/ORCA team is reviewing all the rules and crafting our response that we will submit on behalf of our members. We encourage every licensee to review the rules and submit comments to the OLCC if you feel strongly about a proposed rule change(s).

    There are some very good changes in this package and there are changes that some will find concerning and/or disruptive to established business models and relationships.

    The OLCC's summary with additional CIA/ORCA notes is in the next section to help direct you to the biggest changes.

    Please reach out to us with questions, concerns, or ideas about the proposed rule changes at - Staff@oregoncannabisretailers.com. Licensee feedback is always appreciated and helps ensure that our response is comprehensive and effective.

    Helpful Tips:

    This is a very long rules package at 173 pages however many of the changes aren't going to be relevant to most licensees so you don't have read everything. Here are some tips to help if you have not reviewed rules before.

    1) A large portion of the changes deal specifically with HB 3000 and Hemp so you can skip those changes if they are not relevant to you.

    2) Skim for changes - Everything that the OLCC added is underlined and everything they deleted is strikethrough so you can skim/skip the text that is normal and focus on the proposed changes.

    3) Focus on rules that are relevant to your license type and skip everything else if you don't have time.

    4) Use the summary and notes below and don't hesitate to ask us for help. 

    OLCC's Summary of Proposed Rule Changes

    with CIA/ORCA Notes in RED:

    Rule changes due to legislation:

    1. House Bill 4016 section 6 and House Bill 4074 section 3 amend ORS 475C.105 to provide that the Commission may allow a marijuana retailer to relocate to another premises if the Commission becomes aware that a school was located within 1,000 feet at time of licensure. This amendment requires a change to OAR 845-025-1160, implemented through adoption of OAR 845-025-1180.

    Section 845-025-1180(9) on page 27 covers the changes relating to schools. In the past the OLCC had to deny a renewal application if a license was within 1000 feet of a school. This change allows the licensee to find a new location. 

    2. House Bill 4074 section 4 amends ORS 475C.269 to require individuals who perform certain kinds of work on behalf of a laboratory licensee to hold a worker permit issued by the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC). This amendment requires a change to OAR 845-025-5500.

    Section 845-025-5500 rule changes are found on page 103.


    OLCC initiated rule changes to address technical issues: 

    1. Amending definitions of terms, correcting errors, making minor clarifications, removing language that no longer applies, updating references to rules and statutes, and correcting language to conform to administrative rule conventions.

    These rule changes are found throughout the document.

    2. Specifying violation categories for violations that were not previously categorized, establishing categorizations and penalty caps for packaging and labeling violations, and specifying a process for licensees to request a letter of good standing from OLCC.

    The violation category level changes are found throughout the document. The easiest way to skim through them is to search for the term "Category". Most of these category changes reflect the OLCC either lowering the severity of a violation or clarifying what levels uncategorized violations where.

    *Important* Section 845-025-7170 on page 134 addresses the new penalty caps for packaging and labeling. The new max penalty is $500,000 for the most serious violations. This is an important section for licensees to review.

    *Important* Section 845-025-8706 on page 162 addresses how business can get letters of good standing from the OLCC for submission to other states where a licensee is applying.

    *Important* Section 845-025-8590 on pages 158-160 address how the OLCC will be using mitigating and aggravating factors in violations.  The total level of mitigation allowed has been increased to %30.

    3. Updating license denial criteria. Includes allowing denial for certain types of illicit cannabis activity, allowing denial for co-location with an Oregon psilocybin product manufacturer or service center license, and allowing greater flexibility around denial for co-location with other marijuana licenses under certain circumstances.

    Section 845-025-1115 on pages 17-19 are where most of these changes are found.

    4. Updating laboratory and testing rules to require laboratories to retain samples, specify that relevant agencies may request material from laboratory samples, clarify that laboratory licensees share the same responsibilities as other licensees in certain circumstances, and prescribe a corrective mechanism when audit testing shows significantly different potency than the original compliance test.

    *Important* Section 845-025-5760 on page 107 addresses the changes relating to when the OLCC may require the relabeling of cannabis and cannabis products because of audit testing showing different potency than the compliance test. 

    Everyone should review Section 845-025-5760.  Its purpose is to address issues with inflated/unreliable testing results, however these changes also create new financial risks for businesses relating to the cost of being forced to relabel a batch of cannabis or cannabis products.

    Sections 845-025-5000 to 845-025-5060 on pages 98 to 101 cover many of the other changes relating to labs.

    5. Adopting a rule that modifies how processing is recorded in the Cannabis Tracking System (CTS).

    *Important* Section 845-025-7575 on page 141 covers these changes. This is an important section for processors to reviewas it changes their Metrc reporting regulations.  If adopted it is important to note that this change does not go into effect until April 15th and the OLCC will be working with processors before then to help them understand the change in procedure.

    6. Amending product recall rules to describe the process for a licensee conducting a recall.

    *Important* Section 845-025-5790 on pages 108 and 109 cover these changes. These are new rules, however this was described as the OLCC's basic policy on recalls. Thus these changes are about adding clarity for licensee's regarding their responsibilities in the case of a product recall. That being said the requirements in the proposed changes are comprehensive and should be reviewed. 

    7. Clarifying the duration for which license is issued for an approved initial or renewal application and clarifying that renewal applications must always be submitted annually to keep a license active.

    Section 845-025-1190 on pages 29-30 cover most of these changes.

    8. Clarifying the requirements for testing of hemp and hemp items by OLCC licensees and OLCC industrial hemp certificate holders.

    Sections 845-025-2750 to 845-025-2785 on pages 60-67 covers these changes.

    9. Amending and clarifying the process for change of ownership, change of location, and change of business structure requests.

    *Important* Sections 845-025-1160 to 845-025-1180 on pages 22-28 cover these changes. If you are working on buying, selling, or changing the business structure you should review sections 845-025-1165(3), 845-025-1170(3),  845-025-1170(6).

    10. Removing the fee for a producer licensee to obtain a medically designated canopy registration and clarifying the immature plant transfer privileges for producers with a medically designated canopy registration.

    Section 845-025-2500 and 845-025-2550 on pages 57-60 covers these rule changes along with other changes for the medical cannabis program. 

    11. Updating privileges, prohibitions, and requirements for retailer licensees related to discounts, consumer sales area, walk-up and drive-up windows, and on-site delivery.

    *Important* These are important changes for Retailers to Review!

    *Important* Section 845-025-2800 on pages 69-71 covers the rule changes relating to retailer discounts. The specific language is on page 70 in 845-025-2800(4)(i). This change should allow more pricing flexibility for retailers and enable loyalty programs.

    Section 845-025-2840 on page 73 covers the changes relating to the consumer sales area.

    *Important* Section 845-025-1300(1)(g) on page 38 and Section 845-025-8520(11)(a) on pages 153 addresses walk-up and drive-up windows. Specifically, these changes allow walk-up window saleshowever they ban drive-up window sales. Walk-up and drive-up window sales had been allowed through temporary rules for the last two years. If you want drive-up windows to be allowed make sure you submit comments to the OLCC.

    *Important* Section 845-025-2885(4)(e) on page 75 explicitly bans delivering cannabis to a car (drive-up) if there is someone under 21 in the car.

    12. Adopting a rule to allow marijuana transfers between state and tribal licensees.

    Section 845-025-7725 on page 147 covers these changes.

    13. Amending the labeling rules in divisions 25 and 26 to clarify requirements for labeling of hemp products and labeling of very small containers.

    Section 845-025-7030 on pages 126-128 covers the labeling changes for very small containers with the specific language on 127 at 845-025-7030(11).

    Sections 845-025-7000 to 845-025-7190 on pages 119-136 and 845-026-7000 to 845-026-7070 on pages 168-173 cover most of the hemp labeling changes. 

    14. Clarifying and detailing the recall process for violative products.

    (See "6." Above)*Important* Section 845-025-5790 on pages 108 and 109 cover these changes. These are new rules however this was described as the OLCC's basic policy on recalls. Thus these changes are about adding clarity for licensee's regarding their  responsibilities in the case of a product recall. That being said the requirements in the proposed changes are comprehensive and should be reviewed.

  • 24 Oct 2021 4:19 PM | Deleted user

    Thanks to our friends at The Hood Collective for their partnership on this interview series!

    Meet Marissa Rodriguez; COO of Nimble Distribution and trusted ORCA policy advisor.

  • 5 May 2020 10:17 AM | Jesse Bontecou (Administrator)

    Dear ORCA members and Oregon's cannabis community,

    The ORCA team, industry thought-leaders, cannabis lawyers, and others have once again come together to draft a petition to the OLCC meant to promote safer consumer purchasing options for cannabis throughout the ongoing COVID-19 crisis - and we need your signatures!

    This time, we're proposing an increase in the purchase limits for home delivery orders - from one ounce up to two ounces of usable cannabis.


    There's a compelling public safety argument for doing everything we can to encourage customers to reduce their number of visits to physical retail stores as much as possible, and we believe that incentivizing cannabis consumers to take advantage home delivery ordering options when possible will help do so.

    Here's the contents of the letter attached to our petition:

    Dear Chair, Commissioners, and Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission:

    Thank you again for your tireless work on behalf of Oregonians. As a result of your efforts, marijuana businesses in Oregon have been able to remain open and operating throughout the COVID19 crisis, and public, safe access to marijuana for adults, caregivers, and patients has been maintained. We continue to be impressed not only with the Commission’s professional response, but also with your receptivity and openness to stakeholder concerns. You should be proud of the staff and operations of the agency.

    As you are probably aware, retail licensees have seen an unprecedented increase in the volume of their delivery sales relative to in-person sales. Deliveries appear to create less opportunity for social contact, and thus increase the efficacy of Governor Brown’s social distancing order. Moreover, if the frequency of delivery orders could be decreased, that would in turn reduce the amount of contact between delivery personnel and customers, and thus improve public health and safety outcomes.

    We believe there is a safe and effective way to decrease the number of deliveries while still maintaining safe access, and which also complies with all applicable statutory provisions. In a nutshell, we believe the Commission should consider increasing the quantities of cannabis and cannabis products available for purchase via home delivery.

    This would be permitted under Oregon law; for example, while ORS 475B.337 only allows possession of one ounce of usable marijuana in a public place, it also allows possession of less than eight ounces of usable marijuana in a non-public place, such as one’s home. The latter limit would apply to home deliveries, and thus home delivery of, for example, two ounces of usable marijuana by a retail licensee, would be lawful, if the current rules were changed to accommodate it.

    Because temporary rule changes to allow larger delivery quantities would be both lawful and would promote the goals of Governor Brown’s social distancing order, we humbly suggest that the Commission consider evaluating and adopting such temporary rule changes. Again, thank you for your service in this difficult time, and for your consideration of the foregoing.


    Andrew C. DeWeese
    Attorney, Green Light Law Group
    4531 SE Belmont St.,Suite 207 Portland, OR 97215
    Office: 503.488.5424 Direct: 971.270.4497 andrew@gl-lg.com

    Casey Houlihan
    Executive Director,
    Oregon Retailers of Cannabis Association
    PO Box 42516 Portland, OR 97202
    541-632-4442 casey@oregoncannabisretailers.com


    Members of ORCA have communicated to us that they are very supportive of this proposed change, and that the higher purchasing limit is more in line with the economics of how many consumers purchase cannabis.  Many consumers prefer to purchase cannabis by the ounce for the volume discount, but often they also enjoy more than one type of cannabis over a period of time. It's also more consistent with current regulations for limits on alcohol purchases [Due to other limitations in state law, the OLCC would only have the statutory authority to increase the purchase limit for home delivery orders, and not in-store sales].

    To have the best chance of making a real impact with the OLCC, we need to show how broad the base of support for this change is. Please add your name to the petition and forward this message to others, urging them to join us as well. With this change, we can help out our industry's frontline employees, the cannabis businesses weathering this storm, and cannabis consumers alike.

    If you support our proposal to increase the purchase limits for home delivery orders up to two ounces of usable cannabis, then please join us and add your name (and business name, if applicable) by clicking on the link below.

    We will be sending the letter to the OLCC later this week, so please sign the petition and share it with as many people as possible if you can.

    Together We Stand, Divided We Fall!

    As you all know, we deeply appreciate our member's commitment to ORCA and the health and well-being of the cannabis industry as a whole.

    Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or ideas you may have. Our success is directly tied to your input and engagement.

    In fact, the idea for this very petition came from conversations with members.

    Thanks for taking the time to read our call to action and signing our petition. You're a great citizen, and we appreciate your assistance.

    Stay healthy, stay safe, and stay tuned!

  • 3 Apr 2020 1:00 PM | Jesse Bontecou (Administrator)

    One of ORCA's primary goals is to be of service to our members and the industry in general. To that end, on this page we have consolidated relevant information resources about the coronavirus and government programs to provide valuable reference tool.

    Please note that we are not lawyers or doctors, but we always strive to provide folks with the best and most accurate information available.

    Coronavirus Information:

    Governors Office and Legislative Task force:  The Governor's office has created a great Informational page that has consolidated information from all the relevant state agencies into one location - Bookmark it. Also the legislature's Joint task force has published its recommendations. 

    1. Governor Brown's Oregon Coronavirus Information & Resources page
    2. Governor's 90 day Commercial Eviction Ban
    3. Oregon Small Business Navigator
    4. SAIF $10 Million Coronavirus Worker Safety Fund
    5. What’s the best way to clean my workplace?
    6. Special Joint Committee on Coronavirus Response - Letter of Recommendations

    Oregon Department of Education (ODE)

    1. Graduation Pathways 2020, is their official guidance on how Oregon’s high school seniors can graduate on-time. (NEW)

    OLCC Resources: The OLCC has a coronavirus specific page on their website. It covers both Alcohol and Cannabis, which is at the bottom of the page.  Please be sure you review the OHA Guidance as you are required to comply by the Governor's order. If you have questions or ideas for the OLCC please share them with us at Staff@oregoncannabisretailers.com.

    1. OLCC's COVID-19 Business Continuity Information
    2. OHA Guidance - Social Distancing: Keep Your Distance to Prevent COVID-19
    3. OLCC Temporary Rules FAQs for Curbside pick up and OMMP daily purchase limits.
    4. General OLCC Coronavirus FAQs (Covers a series of questions OLCC has been getting form the industry) (NEW)
    5. Temporary Rules - 845-025-2800 - Retailer Privileges; Prohibitions
    6. Temporary Rules - 845-025-0885 - On-Site Delivery of Marijuana by Retailer

    Oregon Health Administration (OHA): 

    1. Oregon Health Authority - COVID-19 Updates
    2. COVID-19: Frequently Asked Questions
    3. OHA Guidance - Social Distancing: Keep Your Distance to Prevent COVID-19

    Center for Disease Control (CDC) And World Health Organization (WHO): Sanitation best practices for the work place: Please work with your staff to promote and reinforce all the recommended best practices for sanitation and disinfection in the work place. 

    1. CDC Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
    2. Resources for Businesses and Employers
    3. Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
    4. Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility
    5. CDC Keeping the workplace safe
    6. WHO Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public

    The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI): Has a division called Technical Assistance (TA) for Employers and it is an amazing resource. It provides free advice to employers about all labor law and civil rights law in the state, and most importantly it has a strict firewall between itself and the enforcement divisions. Employers therefore can get free advice without fear of self reporting. 

    If you have any questions about sick time or any type of employee leave please do not hesitate to call or email them - 971-673-0824 or bolita@boli.state.or.us.

    1. Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Technical Assistance for Employers 
    2. Oregon BOLI Coronavirus and Workplace Laws
    3. Oregon BOLI COVID-10/Coronavirus in Oregon: Facts about Sick Time - 
    4. Oregon BOLI Sick Time Law
    5. Oregon BOLI Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA)   

    Employment Department: 

    1. COVID-19 Related Business Layoffs, Closures, and Unemployment Insurance Benefits
    2. COVID-19 Workplace Scenarios and Available Sick Leave/Unemployment Benefits
    3. Temporary Rules for Unemployment Insurance Benefits Flexibility
    4. Work Share Oregon - Helps an employer reduces the hours of work for a group of workers instead of terminating staff.
    5. Oregon Unemployment Insurance Benefits FAQS

    Oregon Department of Revenue:

    1. Department of Revenue offices switching to appointment only
    2. Marijuana tax program
    3. COVID-19 tax relief options (Filling extension to July 15) 
    4. Filing Extensions FAQs

    Federal Programs, Resources and Information: (Cannabis businesses won't qualify for these - We are working on it) (NEW)

    1. The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES Act).
    2. SBA Disaster Assistance Funding Programs
    3. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources
    4. Senator Merkley's - Economic Recovery hub for Oregon Businesses and 501(c)(3) Nonprofits
    5. Senator Merkley's - New Federal Emergency FAQs and Resources
    6. List of Federal Agencies' Coronavirus Webpages

    Coronavirus Tracking Resources:

    1. Oregon Health Authority - Oregon Coronavirus COVID-19 Cases
    2. Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE)
    3. Washington Post - Mapping the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. and worldwide
    4. CDC - Coronavirus Cases in the US

  • 27 Jan 2020 7:51 PM | Deleted user

    One conversation topic from our January member's meeting was the importance of parity between Types 1/2 cannabis (highly regulated) and Type 3 cannabis ("Industrial Hemp".)

    Our friends at Leafly recently did an in-depth survey of products on the CBD market that we thought you might find valuable.

    Are you getting the CBD you paid for? We put 47 products to the test

    Bruce Barcott, Ian Chant, and David Downs

    November 18, 2019

    Our national love affair with CBD has hit a rough spot. America, we have trust issues.

    After a flurry of excitement about the wellness benefits of the newly legal cannabinoid, consumers are finding that all products are not created equal.

    Some have too little CBD. Some have too much. Some have none at all.

    Congress’ decision to end federal CBD prohibition in late 2018 opened the door to hundreds of new companies marketing thousands of products. CBD soda, lip balm, gummies, vape pens, and capsules can now be found in supermarkets, gas stations, and drugstores across the United States.

    CBD companies are thriving. But so are scammers and fraudsters....

    For the full article follow this link.

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