Marijuana Activists: Oregon Can Lead Nation in Cannabis Industry

Cannabis industry leaders and activists believe Oregon has the potential to show the rest of the United States what marijuana can do for the economy. Some even say the cannabis industry can become Oregon's new timber industry if the state is able to break down marijuana's stigma.

Posted: Nov 19, 2017 6:42 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 8:22 AM

ASHLAND, Ore. --- Marijuana businesses gathered Sunday at the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference to share new ideas and knowledge about the fast growing industry and network.

"People need things from other people in the industry, vendors, suppliers, whatever it is. Just like any business. and here's the place where people can connect and make life long connections in the industry," said Oregon Marijuana Business Conference CEO Alex Rogers

Cannabis industry leaders and activists believe Oregon has the potential to show the rest of the United States what marijuana can do for the economy. Some even say the cannabis industry can become Oregon's new timber industry if the state is able to break down marijuana's stigma.

Although medicinal marijuana is legal in Arizona, Arizona native Wes Parks moved to Oregon to start his pot farm.

"It's just thriving with great breeders and great growers with a lot of experience. I truly do believe that the Northern California and Oregon market, we're going to set the bar for the rest of the nation and I couldn't be more happy than to be in a place like this to start our brand," Parks said

Leaders at the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference Agree and say Oregon is on the brink of leading the nation in the cannabis industry. Rogers said it’s rapidly growing throughout the US. In the last five years, nine states have legalized recreational marijuana.

"We were legalized before a lot of other states are so this gives us not only advantage to tourism or whatever but this also gives us a competitive advantage in the industry all around as other states begin to follow suit,” Rogers said.

Rogers added Oregon is evolving faster than all of them Oregon State Senator Floyd Prozanski agrees.

"While it’s intrastate we need to do everything we can to position ourselves so that when it goes interstate we’ll be a national leader and we can actually be an exporter to many states who do not have the ability to grow as our former student throughout the state but specifically in Southern Oregon," said Senator Prozanski.

Marijuana activist said in order for Oregon to take on that lead, marijuana needs to be federally legal.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 175121

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34937568
Washington23491229
Marion20195299
Clackamas15386204
Lane11591144
Jackson9923127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes712972
Linn416063
Yamhill410175
Klamath349059
Polk344252
Malheur342858
Josephine306362
Douglas304765
Benton273218
Jefferson207032
Coos197531
Columbia154526
Union141624
Lincoln130220
Wasco129128
Hood River112529
Morrow107915
Clatsop8958
Crook88019
Baker85814
Curry5959
Tillamook5813
Lake4137
Grant4124
Harney3066
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3718210

Reported Deaths: 61038
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122899723653
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2947794555
San Diego2749603674
Orange2689624896
Santa Clara1170812013
Kern1078591322
Sacramento1011721646
Fresno1005621646
Alameda853671477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa67019782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383829
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41157560
San Francisco36032523
Santa Barbara33896446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29696311
Imperial27987719
Kings22774245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16260239
Santa Cruz15571204
Marin13861226
Yolo13580200
Shasta11677217
Butte11573196
El Dorado9719109
Napa966679
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598663
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada445775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362551
Humboldt358737
Lake340943
Glenn235725
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned610
Medford
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 63°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 46°
Feels Like: 46°
Medford
Mostly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 63°
Medford
Partly Cloudy
63° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 63°
Klamath Falls
Mostly Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 55°
Shower chances later tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events