There’s too much of it to go around, and small operations are suffering
“Currently, we’re operating at a $15,000-per-month loss,” the man says. It’s a trend seen across the state, leaving small growers with few options. They can cut their losses (a federal ban on weed means bankruptcy is out of the question), sell to out-of-state investors or large operations, or sell their product illegally across state lines. Two dozen people in the industry told the Week that legalizing such sales would solve everything. Others believe the OLCC should limit grower licenses—it says it doesn’t have that authority—or crop size. A third option is to let commercialism do its thing. That’s not the choice of Oregon’s top federal prosecutor, though. “We have an identifiable and formidable marijuana overproduction and diversion problem” and “we’re going to do something about it,” US Attorney Billy Williams said earlier this year, per the AP.