Oregon to allow medical marijuana delivery in areas where sales are banned

This article originally appeared on Benzinga. 

Medical marijuana will become more accessible to patients in Oregon, as the state's cannabis regulator has introduced rules that expand the places where marijuana can be delivered.


Oregon allows medical marijuana deliveries in banned areas

Oregon regulators will allow medical marijuana to be delivered to patients who live in areas of the state where licensed marijuana activity is prohibited.

The Statesman Journal reports the rules approved last week by the state Liquor Control Commission go into effect Dec. 28.

Commission spokesman Mark Pettinger says advocates and patients had voiced concerns about rules that limited access to medical marijuana. In some cases, caregivers had to travel outside restricted areas to buy medical marijuana.

The commission has also increased the amount of marijuana cardholders can buy during a single shopping trip to 8 ounces (227 kilograms).


Oregon considering ban on firing workers for testing positive for marijuana

While many states are legalizing marijuana, that doesn't mean people are free to consume it without any repercussions. People can still be fired for testing positive for cannabis in a drug test. But that may not be the case in Oregon any more, writes Joseph Misulonas. 


Federal Farm Bill contains provisions for Oregon’s forests, hemp farmers

A massive federal farming and agriculture bill that’s nearing final approval could provide additional funding for thinning efforts in Central Oregon’s most famous forest, while providing a boost to the region’s burgeoning hemp industry.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate voted 87-13 to approve a sweeping 800-page, $867 billion farm bill that addresses issues ranging from food stamps to subsidies for farmers. The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the omnibus bill later in December.

For Central Oregon, one of the most important provisions of the bill is a section that extends and doubles the funding for the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program.


Oregon marijuana sales soared 29 percent in 2018, so why aren't more entrepreneurs happy?

Let's start with the good news. Recreational marijuana sales in Oregon are far outpacing projections by state economists. In a recent economic report, the state’s Office of Economist Analysis noted the rapid changes in Oregon's marijuana business. They are now revising their tax revenue projections up to $26.8 million for the 2017-2019 period and up to $20.3 million for the 2019-2021 period. They also noted that further upward revisions are anticipated if current trends hold.

However, despite the growth in sales, the cost of marijuana itself has dropped 50 percent. Oregon takes in tax revenue as a percentage of the cost of the product. As prices have dropped, the state is taking in less revenue per item sold.


Oregon could vote on legalizing magic mushrooms in 2020

While the fight to legalize marijuana may not be over yet, some wonder what the next frontier will be in drug decriminalization. And if you live in Oregon, it appears the next fight will revolve around magic mushrooms, writes Joseph Misulonas. 


Lawmaker working on bill to allow legal pot cafés in Oregon


If you buy recreational marijuana at a pot dispensary in Oregon finding a place to smoke it legally can be a challenge, especially if you don't own your own home.

Supporters of a new proposal to allow marijuana cafés in the state say the current law also has racial implications.

Opponents of the plan say it's a public safety issue.


Oregon needs a separate state agency for legal cannabis

A report by the Oregon Cannabis Commission recommends that the state set up an independent state agency to regulate legal marijuana rather than having three different agencies share the job.

Marijuana is currently regulated by the Oregon Health Authority, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the Oregon Department of Agriculture but their responsibilities also include public health, alcohol and crop services.

The Statesman Journal reported Tuesday that it obtained the draft report through a public records request. The report says that having three agencies manage marijuana in Oregon creates confusion and each agency has a different mindset about how to address cannabis.


Six Oregon cities vote to allow marijuana business

Voters in six Oregon cities appear to have lifted or rejected bans on recreational marijuana businesses.

Ontario, Joseph, Klamath Falls, Gates, Sumpter and Clatskanie voted to allow recreational marijuana businesses within city limits, according to unofficial election results from the state Elections Division.

Voters in Joseph, Clatskanie, Ontario and Klamath Falls were overturning existing bans on recreational marijuana in those places.

Altogether, 29 local measures related to marijuana were on the ballot, according to an Oregon Capital Bureau analysis of the unofficial results.

Some communities had multiple measures relating to marijuana on the ballot, separating the question of whether to allow retail sales and to tax such sales.


Oregon: Ontario prepares for legal marijuana dispensaries after voters approve cannabis ordinance

Voters approved a resolution that will allow recreational marijuana dispensaries within city limits with a three percent tax on every sale. Even before election day potential owners started camping out in hopes of starting a cannabis dispensary on the Oregon border, the people camping out were happy to see the initiative past.

The city also anticipated the possibility of legalizing dispensaries by holding public meetings and listening to the citizens to put buffers in to protect residents.

Those buffers include dispensaries can't be within a thousand feet of parks and schools, 500 feet away from residential areas in a designated commercial or industrial zone and dispensaries can't be within 1,000 feet of each other.


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