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2018 S-4 (current)

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Growing marijuana outdoors in oregon

Tristan Reisfar works part-time for a company, High Desert Pure, that produces vapor cartridges and said he fields phone calls from desperate growers offering to sell their marijuana for as little as $100 per lb. When Oregon launched its recreational marijuana program, it was common for growers to count on bringing in $2,400 per lb.

“If I see an unknown number on my phone, I know it’s going to be someone saying, ‘We’ve got 500 lb,’ ‘We’ve got 2,000 lb … Can you help us?’”

“Every agricultural crop has its highs and its lows,” she said. “No pun intended.”

And because US federal law still prohibits cannabis, Oregon growers cannot legally sell outside the state’s borders.

Buds at a marijuana dispensary in Portland, Oregon. Photograph: Steve Dipaola/Reuters

“A lot of crop got destroyed,” said Pettinger. “It wasn’t salvageable because it had mildew or mold on it. So there was a not a real accurate gauge of what the market looked like.”

But 1,824 marijuana-related business licenses have already been issued, including 981 production operations. Another 967 production licenses are in various stages of approval by the state and could come online later this year.

“You start doing the math on that and it just didn’t make sense how people could be growing that many plants,” Willison said.

Unlike Colorado, which also legalized marijuana, many of the cannabis farms in Oregon are outdoors because the plants thrive in the state’s warm, sunny summers. But the first year that recreational cannabis farms were licensed, a rainstorm hammered the crop just before the prime flower harvest in October.