Oregon Governor Signs Marijuana Penalty Reduction Bills Into Law

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announces his resignation following allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes.

OREGON: Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) Monday signed into law two measures that will reduce the punishments for certain marijuana-related offenses. The changes go into effect immediately. The first, Senate Bill 40, lowers the penalties for possession of more than an ounce of pot. Under the old laws, possession of more than four ounces was a Class B felony punishable Read the full article…

Oregon: Mandatory Minimums Repealed For Drug Offenses; Probation Expanded For Marijuana

Strategy Intended To Avert Prison Growth

By Steve Elliott, Hemp News OREGON: The Oregon Legislature has passed a broad criminal justice bill, HB 3194, that is projected to avert all of the state’s anticipated prison growth over the next decade. The bill repeals mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, and expands the use of presumptive probation in marijuana offenses. The Oregon House Read the full article…

Oregon: Mandatory Minimums Repealed For Drug Offenses; Probation Expanded For Marijuana

Strategy Intended To Avert Prison Growth

By Steve Elliott, Hemp News OREGON: The Oregon Legislature has passed a broad criminal justice bill, HB 3194, that is projected to avert all of the state’s anticipated prison growth over the next decade. The bill repeals mandatory minimums for nonviolent drug offenses, and expands the use of presumptive probation in marijuana offenses. The Oregon House Read the full article…

Oregon Senate Committee Tweaks Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Oregon Senate Committee makes changes to MMJ bill

OREGON:  A committee in the Oregon Senate has amended a House-approved bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide. Two significant changes were made to the bill Saturday by the Senate Committee on Rules following concerns voiced from the Oregon District Attorneys Association, who changed their position on the bill Read the full article…

Oregon Senate Committee Tweaks Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Pot shops in Oregon that already sell medical marijuana have made big plans for the historic day - and hope there is enough supply to meet what is expected to be a huge demand.

OREGON:  A committee in the Oregon Senate has amended a House-approved bill that would expand the state’s medical marijuana program to license and regulate medical marijuana dispensaries statewide. Two significant changes were made to the bill Saturday by the Senate Committee on Rules following concerns voiced from the Oregon District Attorneys Association, who changed their position on the bill Read the full article…

Oregon House narrowly approves bill legalizing medical marijuana dispensaries

Rich Studley of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce says businesses are in a “no-win situation.” He says employers would have to ignore marijuana use or else pay higher unemployment taxes if a fired worker collects unemployment aid.

OREGON: The state House voted 31-27 on Monday to legalize and regulate dispensaries. The bill goes next to the Senate. Under existing law, the state’s nearly 55,000 medical marijuana cardholders must grow the pot themselves or find a person to grow it for them.