Portland City Council Votes Down ‘Green Light’ Marijuana District

OREGON: The Portland City Council voted down the “Green Light District,” deciding against easing restrictions on marijuana sales in the central downtown area by lifting a 1,000-foot buffer between pot businesses.

Mayor Charlie Hales said the idea could be brought up at a later time.

Commissioner Dan Saltzman introduced the amendment. He believes a concentration of pot businesses in the central city including downtown, the Lloyd District and South Waterfront would attract tourists.

It would also keep pot shops from expanding into Portland neighborhoods.

Edible Marijuana Is Booming, But These Aren’t Your Father’s Pot Brownies

COLORADO:  Forty years ago, making a pot brownie meant crushing some buds into your batter and stirring by hand.

Now workers bake marijuana-laced brownies by the dozen in industrial kitchens, and they’re sold in marijuana dispensaries alongside products like Lemon Crinkle Cookies, Bubba Kush Root Beer, Cheeba Chews and Mile High Mint Bars.

The market for marijuana “edibles” has exploded as medical cannabis legalization has spread across the U.S. in 23 in states, from Hawaii to Maine. Four of these states and Washington, D.C., have also legalized recreational use.

“Edibles are a very tantalizing, tempting way for people to experiment because they come in every form you can think of,” said Jim Gerhardt, a longtime police officer and vice president of the Colorado Drug Investigators Association.