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Oregon Cannabis Community Supporter,
Use this direct link for New Approach Oregon supporters to save on ICBC Portland tickets.
There is still time to get "early bird" tickets to the world's premier B2B cannabis event, the International Cannabis Business Conference in Portland, Oregon, this September 27th-28th, and for small craft cannabis businesses to apply for the $10,000 ICBC Mom and Pop Pitch Event, but time is running out. Early bird tickets must be purchased today, September 12th before midnight to save $200 while Oregon cannabis businesses have until Monday, September 17th, at 5pm to apply for the pitch contest. Mom and Pop Pitch finalists will be announced on the 19th.
If you are in the cannabis industry, or are thinking of joining, the Portland ICBC is the conference for you. As usual, the ICBC will deliver important information and provide networking opportunities unlike any other event (which includes the afterparty with DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill). With State Senator Floyd Prozanski on hand, along with local lobbyists working to improve Oregon's laws, and the top state cannabis regulators available to answer questions, and much more, attendees will have the key info they need to survive and thrive in the ultra-competitive marijuana market. With the Mom and Pop Pitch Event and a room filled with investors and entrepreneurs on hand as usual for the ICBC, attendees have the opportunity to make key connections that can take business ventures to the next level.
Please see the article below from Cannabis Now regarding our Mom and Pop Pitch Event at ICBC Portland, and be sure to get your early bird tickets, and spread the word about the pitch application to any worthy Oregon business:
ICBC Wants to Give $10,000 to One Craft Cannabis Company
ICBC Portland is here to help an Oregon craft business by awarding one local company at least $10,000 on the main stage at the conference on Sept. 28.
The perfect blend of business-to-business opportunities and activism, the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) returns to Portland on Sept. 27 and 28 with the big-name speakers and movers and shakers in media and industry that have become synonymous with the event.
The world's premier global cannabis B2B event made its debut in Portland four years ago, just before Oregon became the third state to pass an adult-use legalization law.
This year, the ICBC Portland event will be opened with a message from Oregon's Sen. Jeff Merkley, the first U.S. senator to endorse a cannabis legalization campaign. Since then, Merkley has emerged to be one of the top elected officials fighting for sensible cannabis laws.
Since recreational cannabis was legalized in Oregon in 2014, the Oregon cannabis industry has created over 19,000 jobs and shattered the expected revenue the state initially predicted, bringing in $80 million a year in new tax revenue when the fiscal estimate was between $17 to $40 million.
However, many businesses are finding it too hard to thrive in an overly-regulated, oversaturated market.
The industry has proven to be ultra-competitive and often too expensive for true mom-and-pop businesses. This year in Portland, the ICBC is hosting its first Mom and Pop Pitch Event that will give Oregon-licensed cannabis company the opportunity to pitch their business in front of a room of investors and entrepreneurs, with one craft company walking away with a $10,000 award, no strings attached.
"We're excited and pleased to give back to the local Oregon cannabis community with a $10,000 award, and more importantly, placing some great folks doing great work, in front of potential investors and partners," said Alex Rogers. "The ICBC is known for our networking opportunities and the Portland event is another great chance for those in the cannabis industry, or thinking of joining, to make the connections they need to thrive."
Finalists participating in this event will have the opportunity to present their business to a sold-out crowd of attendees who perfectly fit their target demographic --- which may be a bigger business opportunity in the long run than winning the $10,000 cash prize.
To qualify, an Oregon business must sign up online. Potential candidates must be an Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) licensed marijuana business and eligibility preference will be given to businesses that have majority ownership from local Oregonian.
Those that wish to throw their hat in the ring must agree to the contest rules and be able to give a five-minute presentation at the 2018 Portland ICBC and answer questions from a group of judges.
Interested? Submit a short essay, no more than 300 words, on why you should be considered. The factors considered, among others, are sustainable practices, any programs that benefit Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) patients, positive engagement with the local community and any work done to help end the War on Drugs.
Don't miss the opportunity to learn the latest and network with the top cannabis industry professionals from around the world. Get your tickets by Sept. 12 to save $200 for the Portland ICBC that kicks off with a VIP party on Sept. 27, before a full program schedule and exclusive after-party on the 28th.
According to a new Gallup poll, a majority of Americans continue to say marijuana use should be legal in the United States, with 58% in support, tying the high point in Gallup's 46 years of polling on the subject. These results are consistent with other state and national polls, both public and private, in recent months. Polls have consistently shown public support for medical marijuana ranging from 70 to 90 percent over the past two decades.
Twenty-three states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico have legalized medical marijuana. In November of 2012, residents of Colorado and Washington took the historic step of deciding to permit the legal regulation of marijuana cultivation and sales for adults 21 and older. Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. voted to legalize marijuana in 2014, and other states are likely to follow suit in the coming years.
“As more states legalize marijuana for medical or non-medical use the pressure to change federal law will continue to grow,” Bill Piper, director of national affairs at Drug Policy Action said. “There is a clear bi-partisan majority in Congress for letting states set their own marijuana policies.”
New Year, New World:
Legal Marijuana Sales Begin in Colorado
- January 1, 2014
At eight o’clock this morning, Iraq War Veteran Sean Azzariti stepped up to the counter at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver and made the first ever legal marijuana purchase in the United States. He didn’t have to show a medical marijuana program card, proving he paid a fee and consulted a doctor, he simply flashed his driver’s license to confirm he was over 21 and bought his cannabis products. This is a first for Sean, who uses cannabis to treat his PTSD, as his ailment was not an authorized qualifying condition for the Colorado medical marijuana program.
The first purchase? 3.5 grams of Bubba Kush and a marijuana infused truffle. Total cost? 58.74 with tax included ($40 plus tax for the Kush and $9.28 plus tax for the truffle. You can view his receipt he tweeted out here.)
So far, the 34 stores that were open for business today are reporting massive lines, but no real problems. The sky has yet to fall, drivers aren’t crashing continuously into buildings, violence has not erupted in the streets. Maybe it is possible, after decades of scare mongering, that regulation just might be the better alternative after all? The program is still in it’s beginning stages, and will naturally need fine tuning along the way, but so far it is already looking like a widely better solution than prohibition ever was. Judging by the lines that extended far outside the door and around the building at all of the retail locations, Coloradans seem to be very eager to give regulation a chance. Let’s work together to ensure this program works and that it sets the shining example for all other states to follow in the coming years nationwide.
Congratulations to Colorado and all those who worked so hard to get us to this point. It is truly a historic day.
Media Awareness Project Drug News
- US OR: Former DEA Agent Joins Pot Investors
Seattle Times, 23 Dec 2013 - A Portland agent of the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has left his position to join a Seattle firm that invests in the marijuana industry. Ten-year DEA veteran Patrick Moen made the jump to Privateer Holdings last month, The Oregonian reported.
- US OR: OPED: Law Enforcement's Pot Claims Inaccurate
Corvallis Gazette-Times, 15 Dec 2013 - We'd like to thank Mr. Odegard and Mr. Hall for their outstanding article in the Dec. 1 edition of the Democrat-Herald and Gazette-Times. While not affiliated, we do wish the gentlemen they referenced in Corvallis the best of luck with their dispensary project.
- US OR: Editorial: Legislature Could Clarify Debate Over Pot
Corvallis Gazette-Times, 09 Dec 2013 - Because the legislative session that starts in February is a relatively short one, it's not the best time to bring up contentious issues - but legislators nevertheless may need to wade into the state's looming controversies on marijuana on a couple of fronts. First, it may well be that the law regarding dispensaries for medical marijuana will need clarification.
- US OR: Editorial: Hemp Not Worth The Risk For Farmers
Capital Press, 06 Dec 2013 - The more we find out about hemp the less we like it as an option for western farmers. The more we learn about hemp, the less enthusiastic we are about it as an option for western farmers. It is illegal under federal law, the market for it is minuscule and it requires a lot of water, which is a precious commodity nearly everywhere in the region.
- US OR: PUB LTE: Prohibition Is Deadly
Albany Democrat-Herald, 06 Dec 2013 - In response to the Dec. 1 letter by Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny et al.: It's true that anyone in California who wants a medical marijuana recommendation can get one. So-called medical marijuana abuses are not to be feared. As long as there is a demand for marijuana, there will be a supply. The medical recommendation allows consumers to purchase locally grown marijuana of known quality and safety from dispensaries that generate tax revenue. Is it somehow preferable that consumers purchase untaxed, unregulated and potentially unsafe marijuana from criminals?
- US OR: PUB LTE: Interesting Choice
Albany Democrat-Herald, 05 Dec 2013 - It's interesting that Venice Beach, perhaps the most bizarre place in California, was chosen ("Law enforcement: Don't let Oregon turn into California," op-ed page, Dec. 2) to demonstrate an excuse to prolong discrimination against people who choose to use cannabis (marijuana), sick or otherwise. While California's laws regulating the plant for sick citizens might not be the best in the nation, perhaps their upcoming laws to completely relegalizing cannabis will be the best. What will Oregon law enforcement agencies and their unions do when Oregon also completely relegalizes the relatively safe, God-given plant?
- US OR: OPED: Dedicate Marijuana Taxes To Oregon Schools
The Hillsboro Argus, 03 Dec 2013 - In 1969 a Gallup poll revealed that 12 percent of adult Americans favored the legalization of marijuana. Now the figure is drastically higher with 58 percent favoring the legalization, including a jump of 10 percentage points just this past year. Washington state and Colorado have now legalized marijuana statewide. It seems the tipping point has been reached and it is a safe bet that marijuana will soon be legalized in Oregon. It is a safer bet that it will be taxed.
- US OR: OPED: Law Enforcement: Don't Let Oregon Turn into
Albany Democrat-Herald, 01 Dec 2013 - If you were to take a walk with your family past storefronts in Venice Beach, California, you would likely pass by a number of "medical" marijuana dispensaries. You would be solicited by a dispensary employee asking, "Are you feeling well today? Would you like to feel better?"
- US OR: State Officials Consider Potential Implications Of Legalizing
The Mail Tribune, 01 Dec 2013 - Ballot initiatives seeking to legalize marijuana in 2014 could put the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in the driver's seat when it comes to regulation and taxes. "It has an integral role, for sure, under any scenario," said Rob Patridge, a Medford lawyer who is chairman of the OLCC and also serves as district attorney in Klamath County.
"People have only as much liberty
as they have the intelligence to want
and the courage to take.”
The officers involved were not punished for this crime. Chief Potter essentially blamed the victim. (the mentally ill) The officers who kicked, punched, and beat James to death (in front of 12 witnesses) were neither disciplined nor prosecuted. There was zero accountability for this crime. And the killings continue. tmf
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BREAKING NEWS AT THE ALLIANCE:
SYSTEM GRAVELY BROKEN:
RESPONSES TO CHASSE DISCIPLINE REVERSAL
The two officers who had been disciplined in
the brutal beating death of James Chasse, Jr. were ordered to have their records expunged and back payments made for the 80 hours each was suspended.
As long as we continue to have little police accountability in Portland,
avoidable killings of innocent people will continue.
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