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

Leaders of The Healing Church of West Greenwich have using marijuana for prayer and anointing daily since last Thursday at the Roger Williams National Memorial.

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

The fight over marijuana taxation is one of several thorny issues the Legislature may face next year following the passage of Measure 91.

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?

Some cities got it in their heads that if marijuana tax ordinances were adopted before Election Day, that there would be some sort of grandfathering in. That's just not true.

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

The growing strength of the movement to legalize marijuana represents a sea of change for a drug that first became prominent as a symbol of the 1960s counterculture.

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

If young people 18 to 29 years old vote like they did in 2012, Oregon's Measure 91 would pass.

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

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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

States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress.

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

The Senate Finance Committee on Friday further amended the bill that would update state laws following the legalization of recreational marijuana.

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

The new marijuana legalization ad urges fellow Oregonians to vote yes on measure 91 this fall, which would legalize and regulate recreational marijuana use.

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…