Oregon’s Nectar Cannabis Fined $66,000 and AJ’s Nirvana Farm License Revoked

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One of Oregon’s largest and oldest cannabis companies, Nectar was fined for violations on seven of it’s licences across the state. Five of its grow operations were fined, their Portland dispensary was fined and their wholesale division for a total of over 66,000 dollars.

Of course they do have the option of shutting down, instead of paying the fines, for anywhere from 21 days to 120 days for some locations. It all depends on the severity of the violations. The fines can range from a few thousand for selling to a minor, as is the case with the dispensary fine. Or, it can be almost $12,000 for multiple violations in handling and deliveries, as with their wholesale license location.

Few choose to close when facing such penalties since the cost of being shut down is higher than just paying the fine. But, this may have cast some shade on the claim they are the “McDonald’s of Portland cannabis.”

A few others were fined in the month of May, 2020 including one, AJ’s Nirvana Farm licensed to Michael Petrin, which had its license suspended. According to the OLCC report synopsis:

“OLCC Dispatch received a complaint of an explosion at the premises. Investigation revealed that this producer Licensee was processing hemp without either a processor license or a hemp endorsement. The lack of a processor license meant that the processing equipment had not been safety-certified as required as part of the OLCC pre-licensing process. Fortunately there was no report of serious injury.”

So, AJ’s Nirvana Farm was pretty much as far from “nirvana” as you can get. This is why licensing exists.

The OLCC Press Release:

June 3, 2020

OLCC Commission Approves Marijuana

Licensee Stipulated Settlements

Portland, OR — At its regular monthly meeting on May 28, 2020, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved four marijuana violation stipulated settlement agreements:

MANA FARMS * will pay a fine of $2,640 OR serve a 16-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for two violations.

Licensee is: Mana Holdings, LLC; Gordon Massie, Member; WWM, LLC, Member; Morgan Whitford, Member; Shadow Ray Unltd, LLC, Member; Reuben Ray, Manager/Member; Joint Holdings, LLC, Member; Sean Carriger, Manager/Member.

TKO RESERVES* will pay a fine of $4,950 AND serve a 69 day recreational marijuana producer license suspension, OR pay a fine of $9,900 for two violations.

Licensees are: TKO Holdings, Inc.; Charlie Cassidy, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Joanne Beckett, Secretary; Tracy Bouchard, Treas/Dir/Stkhldr; Bruce Beckett, Director/Stkhldr.

TAP RELOOP* will pay a fine of $6,105 OR serve a 37-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for two violations.

Licensees are: Tap-ReLoop, LLC, Co-Licensee; High Spirit Acres, LLC, Co-Licensee; Patrick Pooler, Member.

AJ’S NIRVANA FARM* will surrender its recreational marijuana producer license AND each licensee agrees to accept a letter of reprimand for two violations.

Licensees are: AJ’s Nirvana Farm, LLC; Michael Petrin, Member.

NECTAR in Portland will pay a fine of $3,465 OR serve a 21-day recreational marijuana retailer license suspension for one violation.

Licensees are:  Nectar Markets, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

NECTAR* will either serve a 79-day suspension OR pay a fine of $11,880 AND serve a seven-day recreational marijuana wholesaler license suspension for eight violations.

Licensees are:  Nectar Markets, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

NECTAR/APPLEGATE VALLEY (AVO) (#A0F3)will either pay a fine of $4,950 OR serve a 30-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for three violations.

Licensees are:  Applegate Valley Organics, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Managing Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

NECTAR/APPLEGATE VALLEY (AVO) (#E7E2)will either pay a fine of $8,250 OR serve a 50-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for five violations.

Licensees are:  Applegate Valley Organics, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Managing Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

NECTAR/APPLEGATE VALLEY (AVO) (#7A3E)will either pay a fine of $4,950 OR serve a 30-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for three violations.

Licensees are:  Applegate Valley Organics, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Managing Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

NECTAR/APPLEGATE VALLEY (AVO) (#3833)will either pay a fine of $19,800 OR serve a 120-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for four violations.

Licensees are:  Applegate Valley Organics, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Managing Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

NECTAR/APPLEGATE VALLEY (AVO) (#8267)will either pay a fine of $13,200 OR serve an 80-day recreational marijuana producer license suspension for four violations.

Licensees are: Applegate Valley Organics, LLC; Nectar Holdings, Inc., Managing Member; Jeremy Pratt, Pres/Dir/Stkhldr; Jeffrey Johnson, Vice President; Michael Olson, Sec/Treas.

*The locations of OLCC marijuana producer, processor and wholesale licensees are exempt from public disclosure under Oregon law. 

A copy of the Stipulated Settlement Agreements for Marijuana Violation Cases can be found on the OLCC website, on the Laws & Rules page under the Final Orders section.


For additional information, contact:

Mark Pettinger at 971-235-7561 (mobile)
Spokesperson – Recreational Marijuana Program
mark.pettinger@oregon.gov

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