Oregon Hires Manager To Oversee Pot Regulations

By Jim McCoy Tue 16th December NewsmarijuanaOLCCTom Burns
An Oregon official who oversaw the rollout of medical marijuana dispensaries will now lead preparations to regulate recreational marijuana. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced Tuesday that Tom Burns will be the director of marijuana programs.Read More »

Oregon Tribes Wary Of Getting Into Pot Market

By Jim McCoy Fri 12th December NewsIndiansmarijuana
Many in Indian Country are wary of the idea of legalizing marijuana on tribal lands, even if the U.S.Read More »

Funding Approved For Regulating Pot

By Jim McCoy Wed 10th December Newsmarijuana
Oregon lawmakers have approved nearly $600,000 so the Liquor Control Commission can begin making rules for legal marijuana. The Legislature's Emergency Board approved the funding on Wednesday. The move will allow the commission to hire four workers: a program manager, two policy analysts and a public affairs staffer.Read More »

Oregon Master Gardeners Mum On Marijuana Growing

By Jim McCoy Thu 4th December Newsmarijuana
Starting this summer adults in Oregon can grow up to four marijuana plants in their home. But they won't receive any growing advice from the Oregon State University Extension Service master gardeners. The Register-Guard reports ( ) the university sent a reminder to the community volunteers this week reminding them to remain mum on marijuana. AlthougRead More »

Recreational Pot Use Remains Banned At University of Oregon

By Jim McCoy Tue 18th November NewsmarijuanaUniversity of Oregon
Oregon voters may have legalized recreational marijuana but it will remain banned from the University of Oregon campus. KEZI reports ( ) marijuana use is prohibited by the student conduct code. If the university relaxed rules it could risk losing money from the federal government, which still outlaws the drug.

Congressmen From Pot-Friendly States (Including Oregon) Teaming Up On Capitol Hill

By Jim McCoy Thu 13th November Newsfederal drug lawsmarijuana
Members of Congress from states with legal pot say their colleagues should not stand in the way of expanded legalization. Democratic Rep. Earl Blumenauer of Oregon says ending marijuana prohibition was the "one clear winner" in the midterm elections. Voters in Alaska, Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives to legalize marijuana possession.Read More »

Springfield Says Yes, Eugene No To Local Marijuana Taxes

By Jim McCoy Tue 21st October Newsmarijuanataxes
The Springfield City Council said yes Monday evening to a local tax on marijuana, but the Eugene council said no to the possibility. The Register-Guard reports ( Eugene and Springfield are among dozens of cities and counties considering local taxes before Oregon voters decide next month whether to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. The local jurisdictions hopeRead More »

Fish & Wildlife: Pot Grow Poisons Affect Weasel-Like Animal

By Jim McCoy Mon 6th October Newsendangered speciesfishermarijuana
Citing the threat from rat poisons spread around illegal marijuana plantations, federal biologists are proposing Endangered Species Act protection for West Coast populations of the fisher, a larger cousin of the weasel. The U.S.Read More »

Highway 140 Stop Leads To Pot Seizure

By Jim McCoy Thu 4th September Newsdrug bustmarijuana
A traffic stop along Highway 140, two miles west of Lakeview Saturday led to the seizure of 33 pounds of marijuana. 24-year old Matthew S. Balukas of Barrington, New Hampshire was arrested. A drug sniffing canine discovered the drugs while Balukas was being stopped for a traffic violation. The estimated value of the seizure was $80,000.

Marijuana Taxes Approved by Ashland City Council

By Jim McCoy Wed 2nd July NewsAshlandmarijuana
Taxes on marijuana sales have been approved by the Ashland City Council. The exact percentages will be determined at later date, but the council Tuesday night approved a tax of up to five percent on medical marijuana and 10 percent on recreational marijuana. The council also approved medical marijuana dispensaries for certain sections of Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland Street and Main Street.


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