Oregon House Bill 4014 Signed Into Law by Governor Kate Brown

House Bill 4014 Signed Into Law by Governor Kate Brown

by Larry J. Brant  As reported in my November 2015 blog post, in accordance with Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 280E, taxpayers (for purposes of computing federal taxable income) are prohibited from deducting expenses related to the production, processing or sale of illegal drugs, including marijuana. A Bit of Welcome Relief? Measure 91, officially called the Control, Read the full article…

City Council To Ponder Early Marijuana Sales

Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday.

OREGON:  The Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday, Aug. 31. The most immediate is whether the city is going to allow or prohibit the “early sales” period beginning on Oct. 1, of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana facilities. A decision Read the full article…

The World Famous Cannabis Cafe To Reopen This Summer

The World Famous Cannabis Cafe is set to re-open later this summer.

OREGON:  In 2009, The World Famous Cannabis Cafe became the first cafe in the United States for state-authorized medical marijuana cardholders to socialize and safely medicate. Even though the Cafe had a bumpy start in the beginning, it quickly became legendary—it really was world-famous—but after upgrading their Montavilla location, they closed in June 2014 after the city requested costly Read the full article…

Legislative Panel Backs Sales Tax For Marijuana

A joint House-Senate committee approved a sales tax of up to 20 percent on Tuesday.

OREGON:  The state lawmakers preparing for Oregon’s legal marijuana program are supporting a sales tax for the drug. A joint House-Senate committee approved a sales tax of up to 20 percent on Tuesday, setting the stage for a vote in the full House. The sales tax would replace a tax on growers that was originally approved by voters as part of Read the full article…

Oregon Lawmakers Mull Erasing Marijuana Arrests

Lawmakers are mulling over two bills that could erase marijuana arrests or reduce sentences for certain Oregonians ahead of recreational pot becoming legal in July.

OREGON:   Lawmakers are mulling over two bills that could erase marijuana arrests or reduce sentences for certain Oregonians ahead of recreational pot becoming legal in July. If you were cited with a marijuana-related crime that would have sent you to jail under newer laws, you’re likely not going to get a break. However, if you Read the full article…

Proposed Pot-Plant Limits Spark Outcry From Medical Marijuana Supporters

Defiant medical marijuana supporters urged lawmakers not to set new limits on their growing operations.

OREGON:  Defiant medical marijuana supporters urged lawmakers Monday not to set new limits on their growing operations when the recreational pot market opens this summer. Patients and growers flocked to the Capitol for a meeting of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91, arguing that proposed restrictions would do little to stem the flow Read the full article…

Oregon Marijuana Hearing Packs Chamber

About 500 residents had differing opinions Tuesday night about what rules state officials should write to regulate recreational marijuana.

OREGON:  About 500 residents had differing opinions Tuesday night about what rules state officials should write to regulate recreational marijuana. They did, however, agree on one thing: Make sure out-of-state interests don’t put out of business the small local growers, processors and retailers whom the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin ­licensing next year. Residents Read the full article…

Oregon Home Marijuana Possession Limits Are Too High, John Kitzhaber Suggests

Gov. John Kitzhaber expresses concern about how much marijuana Oregonians would be allowed to possess at home under the new legalization measure.

OREGON:  Gov. John Kitzhaber expressed concern Tuesday about how much marijuana Oregonians would be allowed to possess at home under the new legalization measure – and he indicated that he might ask legislators to seek lower limits. The governor, saying he has “many concerns” about the initiative approved by voters, questioned the logic of allowing Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: Some Oregon Legislators Interested In Changing Law Approved By Voters

Oregon legislators took their first action Wednesday on the state's new marijuana law by approving $583,000 to hire state regulators.

OREGON:  Oregon legislators took their first action Wednesday on the state’s new marijuana law — approving $583,000 to hire state regulators — as several seemed eager to dive in and rewrite sections of the initiative. Ideas expressed during a legislative Emergency Board meeting ranged from keeping pot stores away from day-care centers to simply abolishing Read the full article…

Edible Pot, Packaging Concern Lawmakers

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says he's willing to take the lead in the effort to fight the legalization of recreational marijuana

OREGON:  Lawmakers asked lots of questions about Oregon’s new legal pot law during last week’s first legislative committee meeting since voters approved Measure 91. Starting July 1, 2015, adults 21 and older can possess cannabis for personal use. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin accepting applications for retailers in early 2016. The agency has Read the full article…