Oregon Proposes Higher Medical Marijuana Fees

OREGON:  Medical marijuana growers would be subject to a $200 annual fee for every patient they grow for under a proposal being considered by the Oregon Health Authority.

Medical marijuana growers in Oregon can grow cannabis for up to four patients. Under current rules, the state charges $50 for every patient a grower takes on, but recent changes that expanded the health authority’s oversight of production and processing prompted officials to propose the steeper fees to help cover the agency’s expenses.

The fee increase is estimated to boost revenue from $1.3 million to $5.2 million in the 2015-17 budget cycle.

Albany, Oregon Considers Permanent Ban On Recreational Marijuana

OREGON: Albany City Council members may not be not averse to pursing a permanent ban on recreational marijuana.

The council on Wednesday voted to ban temporary sales of recreational pot at medical dispensaries, with two of six councilors, Ray Kopczynski and Dick Olsen, dissenting.

The vote could be a harbinger of greater plans to ban the drug permanently.

“My gut feeling is that there may be an attempt to try to do that,” Kopczynski said of the possible move.

Beyond Kopczynski’s assessment, documents from the council seem to suggest such a move is possible.