A conversation with the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Cannabis Policy Coordinator, Sunny Summers, regarding how the agency defines pesticides and handles pesticide drift issues. Sunny previously served as an inspector for the agency and is an invaluable resource for information concerning pesticide use, regulation, and testing across the state. Her expertise specifically applies to those who grow cannabis and hemp crops, or who experience pesticide drift and damage from pesticide application on neighboring properties. Q&A to follow.
Sunny Summers, Oregon Department of Agriculture
Sunny Summers is the Cannabis Policy and Special Projects Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Agriculture, a position she has held for nearly six years. She coordinates rulemaking policy for hemp and works with state and federal partner agencies on all cannabis policy, as well as rulemaking processes for canola and Brassica crops. Ms. Summers is an advocate for science and supports the proper use of pesticides. Prior to making the leap to the wonderful world of cannabis, she worked in pesticide regulation and enforcement for 10 years at ODA. Ms. Summers has a B.S. in Bioresource Research degree from Oregon State University, and is currently pursuing a Masters of Legal Studies from Willamette University Law School.
Andrew DeWeese, Green Light Law Group
Andrew founded the Oregon Cannabis Law Group in 2014 and merged with Green Light Law Group in 2019. He has long been on the forefront of the novel legal issues concerning the emerging cannabis industry. Andrew represents and advises cannabis business clients on state law compliance and licensing issues, as well as in civil litigation and private arbitration. In 2019, Andrew led the Green Light Law Group legal team that prevailed against the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in the Oregon Court of Appeals, striking down Oregon’s short-lived ban on flavored cannabis vape products. Read Andrew's full bio here.