‘Talk About Clusterf—’: Why Legal Weed Didn’t Kill Oregon’s Black Market

Politico (USA) | Jan 14, 2022 at 5:30 AM
  • The first unlicensed cannabis grow popped up near Gary Longnecker’s remote Southern Oregon home seven years ago.
  • What is happening in the woods of the southern Oregon represents one of the most confounding paradoxes of the legalized marijuana movement: States with some of the largest legal markets are also dealing with rampant illegal production — and the problem is getting worse.
  • There are just more than 1,000 licensed marijuana and hemp farms in Jackson and Josephine counties, but a recent test of the region’s hemp farms found that more than half were illegally growing marijuana — not the low-THC hemp.