Congress urged to fully open banks to marijuana industry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce crime risks and resolve a litany … Continued

Snowstorm can’t stop women’s cannabis event

Despite a rare low-elevation snowstorm that kept many people off the roads last weekend, more than 65 women braved the snow and ice for the kickoff of a new women’s cannabis group in the Rogue Valley. The event, for the … Continued

The ‘Big Pause’ continues

New cannabis businesses looking to open in Oregon have at least another 12 to 18 months to wait, according to Danica Hibpshman, statewide director of licensing at the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The OLCC, facing a long list of business … Continued

Ashland business unveils hemp cigarettes

Southern Oregon businesses network at the fifth-annual CCC event in Portland Sean Roberts and Thomas Letchworth of Ashland went to a cannabis business conference in Portland last week to sell their new brand of hemp cigarettes. Ted Jared and Hannah … Continued

Out in the open

The cannabis industry may be legal and flourishing here in Oregon, but when it comes to allowing people to consume in social and commercial settings similar to wine-tasting rooms, beer gardens and microbreweries, the state has more to accomplish. A … Continued

Plain Jane

Say you want to smoke a little bud but not get stoned and not create that strong pot odor. Or say you want to have a cigarette and get that relaxed feeling that seems to handle anxiety, but you don’t … Continued

Local growers score at Dope Cup

It was a post-apocalyptic Halloween party for cannabis lovers of all kinds at the 4th annual Dope Cup Awards Oct. 29 in Portland. Held at Staver Locomotive, the event brought together cannabis brands around the state competing in more than … Continued

Madrone Cannabis Club: Modern-day pioneers

People who are starting cannabis farms and opening dispensaries now, in the early years of legal recreational cannabis, are actually pioneers whose stories will likely go down in Oregon history along with the brave wagon train trailblazers and early loggers, … Continued

Ma’at Botanicals: Celebrating powerful women and cannabis

When Ashland resident and businesswoman Delia Gaia was considering a name for her line of hemp-infused beauty products for women, she turned to a goddess — the ancient Egyptian goddess called Ma’at. It shouldn’t be surprising, because Delia had adopted … Continued

House of Leaves scores with customers

House of Leaves was among the earliest cannabis shops to open in Ashland after voters ended prohibition of the long-popular plant. It does business in a converted house on North Main Street, and it merchandises just about anything you could … Continued