Is It Moral To Use Marijuana Recreationally? Portland-Area Faith Leaders Weigh In

OREGON:  Recreational marijuana might be legal in Oregon come July 2015, but is smoking pot moral? That’s a question many Oregonians of faith are already wrestling with, including religious leaders in the Portland area. While some faith leaders surveyed in the aftermath of Measure 91‘s passage took a stand against any recreational drug use, most identified the issue of Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: Oregon Lawmakers Will Be Asked To Decide Whether To Allow Local Pot Taxes

OREGON:  City officials seeking to levy local taxes on legal sales of marijuana in Oregon plan to take their fight to the state Legislature next year. The League of Oregon Cities says it will ask legislators to amend the marijuana legalization measure passed by voters two weeks ago to explicitly allow local taxes being sought Read the full article…

Despite Law, Oregon Cities Pass Pot Tax. What Now?

OREGON:  Cities scrambled to pass taxes on marijuana before a legalization measure went before voters. Their bet: That the taxes would get grandfathered in. But Measure 91, passed by voters on Nov. 4, has a clause forbidding any taxation on marijuana except by the state. Now, those cities say they are prepared to defend their Read the full article…

Marijuana Legalization: The Rise Of A Drug From Outlaw Status To Retail Shelves

OREGON:  After voters in Washington and Colorado voted to legalize marijuana in 2012, Alison Holcomb would tell pot activists it was too early to say that the rest of America was ready to accept the drug. Holcomb, an American Civil Liberties Union official who managed Washington’s legalization campaign, recalled that nearly a dozen states – Read the full article…

Oregon, Alaska Are Ground Zero In Pot Fight

OREGON:  From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. But backers of the legal-pot ballot measures in both states have a challenge that their predecessors in Colorado and Washington Read the full article…

Washington State Sheriff Endorses Oregon Marijuana Regulation Measure

WASHINGTON:  The Sheriff of King County, which includes the greater Seattle area, has taken the unprecedented step of endorsing a marijuana regulation measure on the ballot in the state next door. King County Sheriff John Urquhart supported Washington state’s successful 2012 initiative to regulate marijuana, and he said he supports Oregon’s Measure 91 because Washington state’s regulated Read the full article…

Marijuana Initiative Under Fire In Oregon

OREGON:  Oregon voters recently received an anti-marijuana postcard in the mail which is covered with a lot of ostensible reasons to vote against a pending ballot measure. The No on 91 campaign seeks to inform Oregon voters to the ills of marijuana using undocumented claims and fear tactics. The shadowy organization is rumored to be Read the full article…

Pot Legalization And GMO Labeling May Eke Out Victories In Oregon

OREGON:  A pair of ballot measures in Oregon that would legalize marijuana and require the labeling of genetically modified food could both eke out victories, according to a new poll. A survey conducted last week by Oregon Public Broadcasting and local affiliate Fox 12 found that 52 percent of likely voters favor passing Measure 91, Read the full article…

A 33-Year Police Veteran Stars In Oregon’s New $2M Marijuana Legalization Ad Campaign

OREGON:  Marijuana legalization advocates in Oregon have launched a $2 million-plus ad campaign starring a 33-year police veteran. The new ad, embedded below, features Pete Tutmark, a former patrol sergeant and sheriff’s deputy. Tutmark criticizes what he calls a “broken” system that diverts resources from important crime-solving to drug arrests and urges his fellow Oregonians to Read the full article…