What Oregon Can Learn From Washington’s Marijuana Legalization

Some of Alaska’s strictest municipal regulations on marijuana got rolled back Monday night in light of concerns that patients could violate state law.

OREGON:  Soaring prices, supply shortages and overwhelmed regulators are three takeaways from Washington’s roll out of its retail marijuana system that Oregon advocates hope to improve upon should the state legalize the drug in November. “You are starting a brand new industry from scratch, so there are definitely hurdles to get over and lessons to Read the full article…

Budding Business: Pot Testing Lab Growing In Bend

MJ Freeway wins WSLCB seed to sale contract

OREGON:  Cascadia Labs is nestled amid ornamental fruit trees in a quiet office park on the north end of Bend. In this lab, employees with backgrounds in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries spend their days testing a variety of products with one common ingredient, consumed by thousands of patients across Oregon: medical marijuana. Cascadia Labs Read the full article…

Oregon Dispensary Busts: Lives Devastated for Nothing

Oregon medical marijuana dispensary busts put people in jail before the laws  changed.

OREGON:  The final arguments have been heard in the last of three prosecutions that targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in northern, southern and eastern Oregon.  In the end, after tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars spent, hundreds of police and prosecutor hours wasted, dozens of felony drug charges, and five families’ lives devastated, the worst sentence handed out Read the full article…

Kids Using Marijuana

More than fifty of Oregon’s registered medical marijuana patients are under the age of 14.

OREGON:  More than fifty of Oregon’s registered medical marijuana patients are under the age of 14.  These children typically use one or more components, called cannabinoids, extracted from cannabis, to control cancer (and arguably send it into remission,) or to address OCD and pediatric epilepsy or to abate symptoms like chronic pain. These results are Read the full article…

Ashland Approves Marijuana Tax, Other Regulations For Dispensaries

Oregon city approves taxes on medical and recreational marijuana.

OREGON:  The Ashland City Council approved taxing medical and recreational marijuana and adopted regulations governing the location and operations of medical marijuana dispensaries on Tuesday night. The council authorized a tax of up to five percent on sales of medical marijuana, plus a tax of up to 10 percent on recreational marijuana sales. Councilors will Read the full article…

Medical Marijuana In Oregon: Dispensary Owners Meet With State Officials

Tom Burns, director off pharmacy programs with the Oregon Health Authority, met with Oregon dispensary owners Saturday in downtown Portland.

OREGON: For years, the medical marijuana industry in Oregon flourished unchecked, making up its own rules and counting on the tolerance of neighbors and law enforcement to survive. But now the industry has the state to deal with. More than 100 medical marijuana dispensary representatives gathered in downtown Portland Saturday to complain, question and comment on Read the full article…

Oregon Pot Advocates To Submit Signatures For November Vote

A separate marijuana ballot measure was dropped for lack of signatures. To get on the ballot in Oregon, New Approach Oregon needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures by July 3.

OREGON:  Advocates of legal recreational marijuana in Oregon plan to submit a ballot petition with more than 145,000 signatures on Thursday to force a vote in November on legalizing pot. “We are confident that our measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana will qualify for the November ballot and that Oregonians are open to the Read the full article…

Oregon Legalization Drive Says It Has Enough Signatures To Put Marijuana On Ballot

If the trend toward legalization spreads to all 50 states, marijuana could become larger than the organic food industry.

OREGON:  New Approach Oregon reports this morning that it has gathered more than 100,000 signatures, and says… That’s more than the minimum required to qualify a measure for the (November 2014) ballot that would tax, legalize and regulate marijuana use in Oregon. To qualify, the campaign needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures to the Oregon Read the full article…

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Initiative Nears Signature Target

A group that wants to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the town of York, Maine has collected more than enough signatures to get the measure on November's ballot.

OREGON:  An initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana use in Oregon could soon qualify for the November ballot. It needs a total of 87,213 valid signatures by July 3. As of Thursday, supporters had submitted more than 83,500 signatures to the Secretary of State’s Office. The group New Approach Oregon is behind the initiative, which Read the full article…

Peter Lewis’ Family Leads In $250,000 Donation To Oregon Initiative Campaign

Once the process is complete, she will be able to legally say to an employer, landlord or anybody else who asks that she has never been convicted or cited for any drug crime at all.

OREGON:  A political action committee formed by family members of the late billionaire insurance executive Peter Lewis has given $250,000 to a marijuana legalization initiative that backers are seeking to qualify for the November ballot in Oregon. Lewis, who died last year, had turned Progressive into one of the country’s largest auto insurers and was a major donor Read the full article…