Public meetings are every Tuesday at 7 pm at our Office. Our address is 2580 NE Stephens St, Roseburg. Up the stairs on the 2nd floor by the 420 club.

9/6 – Currently, our nonprofit organization is working tirelessly on getting the word out on our county’s ban on all OLCC licensed businesses in the unincorporated areas of Douglas County. Hopefully, you were able to get some good information from our booth about these bans, and are letting people know that we have to overturn them!

There are so many opportunities in our area to create a great number of jobs and revenue for Douglas County.  Those of us who live, love, and work here know we desperately need more places for employment, and certainly more money flowing into the county!  And while most of us wouldn’t argue that fact, it’s astonishing to find out how few people even knew there was such a thing to vote on this November.

The Umpqua Cannabis Association (UCA) has many things planned in the near future to spread the word on voting YES on Measure 10-143 (concerning recreational businesses in unincorporated Douglas County) and YES on Measure 10-144 (concerning medical businesses in unincorporated Douglas County). We will be having weekly public meetings at our office, which is located in the same building as 420 Club and Kid Cents. Our address is 2580 NE Stephens St, Roseburg. The public meetings are every Tuesday at 7 pm. Currently, our office hours are Monday 12-5 and Thursday 11-4. We have yard signs to promote our YES votes. They are available at our office, and we’ll be getting some out to the local dispensaries soon!

Please also note that there are other city measures on our voting ballots this November. Measure 10-146 is a vote on a 3% tax on recreational sales in the city of Roseburg. 10-147 is a 3% tax for recreational sales in the city of Myrtle Creek. 10-148 is to allow medical businesses in Canyonville. 10-149 is to allow recreational businesses in Canyonville. 10-151 is a 3% tax on recreational sales in the city of Drain.

It is important to know that, later this year when the OLCC begins to work with the recreational cannabis market, the current 25% tax will decrease to 17%. Cities, such as the above mentioned, will have the opportunity to add the additional 3% tax, which will directly benefit the city in which it is paid.

There are so many issues for our community to be aware of and stay focused on right now! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the UCA through either our Facebook page or via email. To make a donation to help us overturn the ban, or just to support our cause, click on the ‘Membership’ tab on our website, and scroll down to the ‘one time donate’ option. Together, we will reverse these unnecessary bans, and help make cannabis a profitable and commonplace industry in the magnificent Umpqua Valley!

Thank you for your time…we’ll be sure to keep you posted on new events and issues!

-Umpqua Cannabis Association



2016 OLCC Business Readiness Guide – Recreational Marijuana.pdf

12/8/15 – We are canceling our Public Meeting planned this week. The OLCC is doing workshops right now. We would like to gather the info from these so we can share at our next event. More details soon and happy holidays from the UCA!

+++OLCC Recreational Marijuana License Workshops+++


Press Release

New Threat to Local Marijuana Crop

For immediate release June 24, 2015

New Threat to Local Marijuana Crop

A new pest is giving local medical marijuana growers big problems as the fall harvest approaches. Russett mites have invaded dozens of Douglas County farms and are causing serious damage. Some growers may lose their whole crop. The tiny bugs which can’t be seen with the naked eye suck the juices out of the leaves and destroy marijuana flowers. Russett mites are a new problem for marijuana farmers so the best practices for eradicating them are not clearly established. Because of federal prohibition, no pesticides are approved for cannabis and agriculture colleges have not yet studied cannabis farming to establish best practices.

The Umpqua Cannabis Association is holding a symposium on the russett mites and how medical marijuana growers and adult households can effectively combat them. Will Feetham, a local expert on the mites and Board member of the Oregon Sungrown Growers Guild will give a presentation, and other local experts will present their treatment strategies.

“We are encouraging local growers to examine their plants for the signs of Russet mites. The sooner they are treated the better. Many people have never seen this problem and don’t know what to look for. Taking our class will help,” said John Sajo, executive director of the Umpqua Cannabis Association.

What: Russet Mite Symposium

Where: UCA, 906 SE Mill St. Roseburg

When: Tuesday September 15, 2015 – 6pm

For more information contact John Sajo 541-530-2220

Updated list of the Cities and Counties that have voted for a ban. Also shows if the issue is going to a vote…

Public Action Victory Recap!

Roseburg votes to allow October 1 marijuana sales

Last night after a public hearing that packed every seat in the Roseburg City Hall, the city council rejected a motion to prohibit October 1 sales to adults at existing licensed medical marijuana dispensaries. The vote followed several hours of intense political action by Umpqua Cannabis Association members and others.

UCA members rallied on the Douglas County Courthouse lawn, next door to city hall, at 5:30 pm. Well over 100 people showed up. I spoke to the crowd and we organized our public testimony. We distributed green ribbons which dozens wore to indicate support for Umpqua cannabis. We had enough people show up that we were able to send a smaller contingent to the Sutherlin city council meeting which also took place at 7pm that evening. County Commissioner Chris Boice who already voted to ban all marijuana licenses on July 15 came out of the Courthouse to listen to my speech.

Just before 7pm we headed over to City Hall for the City Council meeting. As we walked in and it became obvious we would fill every seat in the room, one councilor was overheard saying, “Oh, there are more of them this week.” Eventually every seat was taken with dozens of people standing in the back of the room. Commissioner Boice had to listen to the hearing from the hall just outside the doorway along with a local judge. Commissioners worked through their normal business including allocating $2400 to a local brew festival, saying it would bring in tourists.

The marijuana portion of the agenda began with city staff explaining the details and timelines of the ordinance opting out of early sales which SB 460 allowed. They incorrectly told the councilors that OHA would decide which products dispensaries could sell. Several speakers corrected them during their testimony pointing out that early sales would be limited to marijuana plants and up to 1/4 ounce of flowers. Sales of extracts and edibles will not be allowed for non-patients until OLCC rules are promulgated. Around 25 people spoke. Every speaker except the director of the local ADAPT drug treatment program and his underling spoke in favor of allowing October 1 sales. The testimony was passionate, informed and ran the gamut from dispensary owners to a veteran with PTSD who said he couldn’t afford the OMMA card and just wanted to be able to go to a store and try marijuana. One man described how marijuana was his gateway off of meth and heroin. The crowd burst into loud applause after each speaker even after the mayor asked people to refrain from such displays to expedite the process. Speakers pointed out that Roseburg was declining economically and needed the marijuana revenue to keep the schools and library open. Many speakers called the council out on their hypocrisy of promoting alcohol but banning marijuana. UCA President Nathan Marsh pointed out that Oregon had over 1500 alcohol related deaths last year. Many people who had not signed up to testify were motivated by the electric energy in the room and spoke when the mayor asked if anyone else wanted to testify. The testimony in favor of early sales was suberb and I was proud an honored to be part of it.

After the public testimony the councilors spoke. Andrea Zielenski said she was worried about the kids. Tom Ryan said he thought the citizens should vote again before allowing early sales. Lew Marks (OLCC Director Steve Marks father) and Mayor Larry Rich said we should wait until the rules were in place. They voted for the ban. Ken Fazio, a former teacher, was eloquent in his descriptions of the failures of prohibition. He talked about being surprised at learning of former students that were now marijuana growers who were passionate, eager and willing to compromise to improve the community. He described his visit to a local dispensary and being impressed with the level of regulation. Alison Eggers described herself as a single mother who had never smoked marijuana but recognized that this is the future and “we aren’t going back”. John McDonald said it was a tough issue but that he could not support the ban. Steve Fazio, a local business attorney and possible swing vote, addre!
ssed his concerns with the inadequacy of current testing but said the rules will never be perfect but they are better than the black market and we shouldn’t let the perfect be an enemy of the good. He warned the crowd that if they applauded after he spoke he would change his vote and support the ban. Councilor Victoria Hawks, a local realtor, said she had come to the meeting expecting to vote for the ban but said comments by Fazio and the public had changed her mind. She also mentioned visiting Cougar Cannabis, a local dispensary, “It wasn’t at all what I expected. Kids going to the Subway next door wouldn’t even be able to look in the windows and see the product.”

When the Mayor called for the vote and asked for a show of hands opposing the motion to ban, Fazio, Eggers, Kaser, Hawks and McDonald raised their hands. The room erupted applause and cheers. Kaser joked, “I’ll change my vote” adding a little drama at the end but the meeting adjourned and Roseburg will allow early sales.

County Commissioner Boice shook my hand as I left the council chambers and said, “I’m ready to talk.”

Some of us went out the local McMenamins to celebrate with a beer – because there is still no place where we can enjoy marijuana together publicly.

The vet with PTSD met a local grower who offered to pay all his OMMA fees and provide him free medicine.

As my friend Lindsey Bradshaw used to say, “90% of politics is just being there!”

John Sajo
Director, Umpqua Cannabis Association

PS: A few observations

People opposing marijuana commerce are afraid of the unknown. When they understand the robust regulation of cannabis from OHA and OLCC they are less afraid. Public discussion of these issues invariably changes hearts and minds. The truth will set you free.

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