A Betrayal By a Leader of Oregon’s Cannabis Industry Shows How the Weed Business Went From Down Home to Cutthroat

WWEEK - 05-22

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Beth Schechter's world shattered with a text message. An Atlanta native, Schechter moved to Portland in 2015 to take a job as executive director of a nonprofit called the Open Cannabis Project. Her job: protecting small cannabis farmers by challenging patent claims on commonplace weed strains.