Oregon’s “problem” with overproduction is actually a problem with being short sighted as to what Oregon really needs. There are five ways that Oregon should utilize it’s stash.
1. End Federal Prohibition by removing cannabis from the Controlled Substances List.
As soon as our nation gets our laws out of the dark ages and we federally de-schedule cannabis, Oregon will cash in. Oregon has more water than some states, so we are an ideal state to grow cannabis for other states or nations that are not as lucky to have our natural resources or climate.
Canada and California have shortages and we could be helping them with their supply problem. One reason Canada has a shortage is because they export to Germany and Ireland who have legalized medical cannabis by prescription that their universal health care pays for. Every day the USA maintains a failed prohibition policy, we lose money.
Because federal change is like watching molasses crawl uphill, here are more options to address the issue.
2. Oregon Health Plan should buy up excess and give it to Oregon Medical Marijuana Patients
People that battle cancer, have terrible injuries or other severe conditions that cause them to need full extract cannabis oil require a lot more than their possession limit (1.5 pounds of cannabis) to produce enough oil for a year. My mother needs 1 gram of full extract oil (FEO) per day to ward off cancer from returning which requires 3/4 of a pound of the plant per month or 9 pounds per year. If only there were 891,670 extra pounds lying around somewhere so all patients with traumatic injury or cancer could have access to FEO. Oh wait, that’s what is lying around in Oregon waiting to be purchased.
Oregon Health Plan could purchase excess medicine and allow patients to obtain the medicine at stores. If patients tried cannabis first instead of pain prescriptions we could prevent a lot of liver failure and opioid addiction.
3. End Employment Discrimination
The US Drug Free Work Act causes employers to drug test to prevent people from being able to use cannabis even if they are using it when they are off work and will be sober by the time they clock in. Oregon can pass a law to end cannabis employment discrimination.
4. Allow Cannabis Producers to give tours of their gardens and allow sales directly to adults like wineries
Being among the sloping hills and beautiful vines at a winery is relaxing. This same relaxation can translate to a cannabis farm. I would like to be able to visit this smell as would many tourists that would bring money to Oregon. There is a limit to the number of visitors a Producer can allow at their farm and direct sales to consumers is not legal. Let’s change that and allow for tasting rooms to exist. This is part of a larger problem which brings us to our fifth need.
5. Remove the word cannabinoids from the Oregon Indoor Clean Air Act
The Indoor Clean Air Act has overreached to try to protect us. This protection is also a protection from tourism. There’s no need to tell small farmers they’ve lost their chance to participate in Oregon’s cannabis community because bad federal policy makes diversion inevitable. Let’s stop shooting ourselves in the foot and legalize use at production farms, clubs, tour buses, hotels and businesses in designated areas. We have a Clean Air Act exemption for tobacco stores and cigar bars. Surely we can find reason to have an exception for cannabis which is believed to be a medicine by 77% of Americans.
Let’s not lose sight of what our real problems are and let’s champion our superior cannabis policies to bring more money to Oregon.
The Let’s Hash It Out crew tackled Oregon’s over-production “problem” and potential solutions at the beginning of the “Operation Crossfire Hurricane” podcast. Well, right after three of the four co-hosts utilized some fine Oregon cannabis that is: