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Unlikely duo calls for government marijuana research

An unlikely pair of lawmakers is seeking to promote government research of marijuana.

Reps. Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) — who stand on opposite sides of the legalization debate — are co-sponsoring an amendment that would help scientists study medical marijuana.

“Our amendment shows members of Congress with widely varying views on marijuana policy are united in support of building a robust body of scientific information on medical marijuana," said Blumenauer, whose state recently legalized recreational use of the drug.


Portland, Oregon — where $10 buys you a weed-infused coffee on Sunday

Oregon has long been among the most 420-friendly states in the union. And with last week’s implementation of legal marijuana laws, the state officially joined Free America.

And our friends in Oregon are already acclimating to their new-found freedom quite naturally.

Take this Elevated Coffee event, for example. Seattle weed-lifetyle shop Trichome is bringing its weed-coffee party south to Portland for one day only.

From 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday July 12, Elevated Coffee will take over the Maak Lab at 916 W. Burnside St. in Portland. Tickets, $10, gets those 21 and older admission and a Tulip House coffee “infused with cannabis from Portland’s Looking Glass Extracts.”


Learn How To Market Your Oregon Marijuana Business

There are a lot of people that know how to grow marijuana. There are a lot of people that know how to make edibles. There are even a lot of people that know how to make concentrates. However, it’s fairly rare that someone knows how to not only grow marijuana and make marijuana products, but they also know how to make their products stand out. To make matter worse, there are not a lot of people in the marijuana industry that can offer up sound advice on the topic because either they don’t have much experience with marijuana branding, or they don’t have a track record of success with marijuana branding.


Marijuana giveaway draws huge crowds at historic Weed the People event in Portland

A big bush of cannabis greeted visitors near the door, where 1,400 people stood in a long, snaking line, waiting hours to get their hands on one thing: seven grams of free marijuana.


This was Weed the People, and organizers looked to make good on their promise to celebrate Oregon's newfound freedom to obtain and consume recreational marijuana.

As of July 1, every Oregonian can legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana in public (that goes up to eight ounces at home). Since no recreational market is set up, people can't legally purchase the drug, but they are allowed to obtain it from licensed growers for free.


Recreational Marijuana Legalized in Half of Oregon Starting July 1


A new law approves use of recreational marijuana in the state of Oregon, but only in roughly 47 percent of it, as the other 53 percent is governed by entities that still consider it as illegal as ecstasy, LSD or heroin.

So if you plan on smoking, carrying or cultivating cannabis in Oregon, you must beware: the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service are still in authority of punishing you if you do it in the wrong side of the state.


“Weed the People” Rally in Portland Gathered to Celebrate the Marijuana Legalisation in Oregon

Use of Marijuana has been legalized for recreational purposes in Oregon from 1st July. On 3rd July, Friday, people of Portland and all over from Oregon, took part in the rally “Weed the People”, which was a celebration for the legalization of marijuana in Oregon.

Thousands of people took part in the rally including weed enthusiasts, weed dealers and weed growers. Medically licensed marijuana growers gave away free samples to interested people for further business. There were also business card exchanges between weed entrepreneurs and pot lovers.

“Cannabis is a great opportunity for us,” said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers “There is a lot of money being made, and we want to be sure to spread it out,” she added.


Oregon marijuana fans look to cash in on new law

More than a thousand marijuana enthusiasts and entrepreneurs met in Oregon on Friday to swap samples, contacts and business tips in hopes of profiting from the state's new law allowing the recreational use of pot.

Licensed growers handed out free tastes, gardening experts displayed organic plant food and artists sold marijuana pipes to participants at the "Weed the People" event.

“Cannabis is a great opportunity for us," said D.J. King, a labor organizer with the United Food and Commercial Workers who wants to unionize workers at marijuana grow operations, distributors and retailers.

“There is a lot of money being made, and we want to be sure to spread it out,” she said.


Competition heats up for medical marijuana dispensaries

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The number of medical marijuana dispensaries has grown dramatically over the past few months. Licensed dispensaries outnumber liquor stores in Portland almost three-to-one.

Soon, those dispensaries may be able to sell to any adult.

An Oregon bill is now sitting on the governor's desk that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling retail pot to the public on October 1.


Right now, those dispensaries can only sell to patients with a medical marijuana card.


Pot at the backyard bbq: How to handle marijuana etiquette in social settings

The savvy Independence Day host and hostess know to keep the cooler stocked with cold beer, the recipe for the tastiest potato salad and when to throw another round of burgers on the grill.

But parties around Oregon this 4th of July offer a twist Miss Manners never anticipated: What's a host to do when a guest pulls up with a tray of brownies infused with hash oil or puffs a joint?

Oregon this week entered the era of legalized weed, raising the potential for awkward social encounters as celebrations of the quintessential summer holiday get underway.

Cannabis consumers who used to leave their joints at home when they headed to a neighbor's barbecue may feel more comfortable toking at parties now that marijuana is legal.


Think twice before you inhale: Marijuana is only legal in about half of Oregon

Oregonians who plan to smoke, cultivate or carry cannabis under the state's new recreational marijuana law should make sure they do it in the roughly 47 percent of Oregon where it's strictly legal.

Fifty-three percent of the state is managed by such government entities as the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service, where federal laws list marijuana in the same category as heroin, LSD and ecstasy.


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