TV Anchor Fired After Testing Positive For Marijuana

By Jim McCoy Fri 24th July NewsCyd Maurerdrug testingKEZI-TVmarijuana

An Oregon television anchor has turned into a marijuana activist after being fired for testing positive for the drug.

Cyd Maurer, a morning weekend anchor at Eugene's ABC affiliate KEZI-TV, said she was fired in May after getting into a minor accident while on assignment.Read More »

Dispensary Sues City Over Pot Sale Ban

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd July NewslawsuitmarijuanaMaryJane's Basement

Medford's ban on pot sales is facing a lawsuit from a medical marijuana dispensary.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports ( Circuit Judge Timothy Gerking shut down MaryJane's Basement and Attic a year ago, saying state laws did not trump the federal Controlled Substances Act.

Shop owners Richard and Marlene Nuckols were allowed to reopen the attic Read More »

Medford, Grants Pass Take Up Pot Growing Ordinances

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th July Newsmarijuana

The Medford City Council has said it will allow residents to grow up to four marijuana plants in their gardens. Growers may have to pull some of them if neighbors complain about the odor. At the same session, councilors passed an ordinance giving neighbors of homes where noxious odors are produced a channel for their complaints.

The ordinances take effect November first.Read More »

Representatives From Legal Pot States, Others Meet

By Jim McCoy Wed 10th June Newsmarijuana

Dozens of government officials and researchers from a half-dozen U.S.Read More »

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 »


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