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What glut? Cannabis prices rise as oversupply worries ease

Oregon legislators established a moratorium on new recreational marijuana producer licenses earlier this year to manage an oversupply of product in the state. But not everyone agrees there’s an oversupply. SB 218 authorized a producer moratorium through Jan. 2, 2022, based on a January 2019 OLCC study that said in part, “As of Jan. 1, 2019, the recreational market has 6.5 years’ worth of theoretical supply in licensees’ inventory accounted for and contained within Oregon’s Cannabis Tracking System.” Some wholesale and retail outlets at an OLCC listening session in July in Ashland said they were having trouble sourcing quality product.

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Nitrogen-fresh flower

Grown Rogue of Medford has started marketing Nitrogen-Sealed Pre-Rolls, which it creates by sucking out all the air, then introducing inert nitrogen, thus “ensuring customers they’re getting it as close as possible to the state it was in at harvest,” says CEO and founder Obie Strickler. The half-gram joints, which hit the shelves in September, come two to a tube or similarly sealed flower jars — both of which offer a satisfying “poof” sound when you open them, letting in air, which is 21 percent oxygen — and that’s the stuff that, over time, breaks down weed and just about

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Horn Creek Hemp Company is a family affair

    Remember the good old days of the family farm, where kin of all generations showed up each day to plow, plant, weed, water and harvest crops and share in the fruits (biological and financial) of their labors — and the sense of security and community that brought? We’ve lost most of that to urbanized living and corporate ag — but, say the Murdochs of Jacksonville, hemp is helping their family bring it back. It’s a crop with the potential to do a lot of good in the world, so demand is high, and the long labors on their

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‘Blasting’ mold into green gold

Vaping is in the crosshairs of health officials, raising questions about how closely cannabis products sold in Oregon are regulated, particularly the lack of testing for mold that has decimated crops in the fall. Brent Kenyon, a local cannabis expert who runs Oregon Original and Kenyon and Associates, said the recreational cannabis industry already has enough oversight, and mold can be safely resolved through the use of extraction equipment. He said the problem is the lack of oversight of products derived from nicotine or hemp, which has become Jackson County’s biggest crop. Kenyon, who sat on the Oregon’s Marijuana Rules

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The alphabet soup of hemp

Sky-high hemp prices are expected to fall back to Earth this fall, but that doesn’t mean the green rush is headed for a crash landing. “We’re looking at around $18,000 an acre — last year we were four times that amount,” predicted “Pioneer” Pete Gendron, president of Oregon SunGrown Growers’ Guild. Despite the steep drop, he said it’s still not so low that most farmers won’t make a profit, and he said seed producers are ready to pivot to the next big thing derived from this cousin of cannabis. Other industry leaders don’t think prices will fall as low as

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Rogue Valley Cannabis stresses product knowledge

You would be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful and comfy dispensary than Rogue Valley Cannabis, situated just off downtown Ashland in the Italianate jewel of a house built by E.V. Carter in 1886. The 3-year-old shop, one of three locations the store owns in the valley, carries a wide range of cannabis products, but specializes a bit more in CBD and offers guidance on pain relief, inflammation, anxiety and depression and can walk you through the “entourage effect,” that is, the amount of THC, from 0.3 to 33 percent that can best activate the CBD, says manager Sage Piersel.

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CBD is beautiful

Cannabis body care products have made the leap from dispensaries to beauty salons, massage studios, high-end salons — even Costco, Food 4 Less and other neighborhood grocery stores — and the market shows no signs of slowing down. Hemp oil has long been used in skin creams, massage oils, lip balms, shampoos and other body care products, but with the explosive growth of hemp, CBD is increasingly finding a place in the beauty realm. White Lotus Day Spa in the Medford Center offers CBD facials that cost $90 for 60 minutes. Siskiyou Sungrown in Grants Pass is introducing bath bombs

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Managing the surplus

Matt Miller’s family has farmed pot in Oregon since well before it became legal. But since the market flooded after recreational use was approved by state voters in 2014, prices have plummeted, putting strain on the operation he runs in Takilma with his wife, Rhea. Oregon’s lush climate and weed-tolerant culture have long resulted in large and potent harvests. Seeking to fold black market growers into its budding legal industry, the state has distributed licenses liberally, leaving Oregon saddled with an enormous surplus of legal cannabis — more than its population of 4 million would ever be able to smoke.

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Market Street Wellness is a cannabis hub

The building that houses Market Street Wellness in Medford covers approximately 9,000 square feet, and Stacy Page has owned it for more than two years. In that time, he’s transformed the building, which was “sitting on the market for seven years,” into a mixed-use space for a multitude of cannabis ventures. Page wears many hats. The most obvious is owning and managing Market Street Wellness, which is really two stores in one — a recreational dispensary with a wide range of cannabis products, and Market Street CBD, a retail shop that focuses on medicinal, hemp-based products. Page, who lives in

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Grow bags: an alternative to plastic pots

Many growers who opt for containers have switched to using grow bags (often referred to as Smart Pots) as an alternative to plastic pots. Many grow bags are made of sturdy, breathable fabric with durable stitching. They come in a variety of sizes, and some have handles that make it easier to move around heavy plants. Because root development, and thus plant size, is restricted in any container, be sure to select grow bags for final plantings that are big enough to accommodate the size of the mature plant you want. Patrick Scroggins of In and Out Ag Services in

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