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Tue
23
Jun

Marijuana faces sales tax in Oregon -- but there may be a period of tax-free pot shopping

SALEM--A key legislative committee on Tuesday approved a bill that would establish a sales tax on recreational marijuana sales -- but that could also give bargain shoppers some tax-free pot buying opportunities in the coming months.

The legislation calls for a sales tax of up to 20 percent once state-licensed recreational marijuana retailers open shop sometime in the latter half of 2016.

In the meantime, House Bill 2041, calls for the Legislature to have a stiffer tax of 25 percent if lawmakers decide to go ahead with a temporary program to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to recreational consumers.

Tue
23
Jun

Cannabis Industry Flexes Its New Political Muscle

It was a classic political fundraiser — semi-formal, with chicken, potatoes and salad on the menu.

The jovial donors sipped gin cocktails and Oregon pinots at the Left Bank Annex on Portland’s East Side earlier this month.

But the 300 attendees who came to support Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, represent a newly energized group: They’re members of the cannabis industry, now in an era where their product is legal for recreational use.

“People that I’ve been working with — in some cases for years dealing with trying to modernize our marijuana laws — came together and they threw me a little party,” Blumenauer said. “It was great fun.”

Mon
22
Jun

EXPERT PREDICTS SATAN WILL VISIT OREGON WHEN MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL IN JULY

Lock up your animals, and board up your windows Oregon, we have some incredibly disturbing news from War On Drugs expert Linda Blair. Recently, Blair spoke with ThatOregonLife.com and gave some startling insight on the legalization of the pot in Oregon.

According to Blair, when the devil’s lettuce is introduced to Oregon July 1st for the first time to innocent Oregonians all across the state, we could see numbers as high as 1 in 3 Oregonians losing their lives to random violent deaths as a result of Satan himself visiting Oregon.

Mon
22
Jun

Oregon pharmacy loses license over marijuana prescriptions

A state licensing board this week ordered the closure of a Tumalo pharmacy it says manufactured marijuana products, dispensed controlled substances without prescriptions and filled clients’ prescriptions at other pharmacies without their knowledge, among other things.

The Oregon Board of Pharmacy placed the Tumalo Pharmacy and its pharmacist under emergency suspension Tuesday while it completes an investigation and determines what disciplinary action to take.

Sat
20
Jun

Think Too Much: Burning questions on marijuana need answers

Starting on July 1, as you might have heard, it will be legal for anyone over the age of 21 to possess and use marijuana under certain conditions.

With that deadline looming, state officials last week launched an educational campaign (you can view it on the website www.whatslegaloregon.com) to give residents an idea of some of the ins and outs of marijuana legalization.

You probably know the general details of the law: It will be legal for anyone over 21 in Oregon to possess up to 8 ounces of useable marijuana for consumption at home or on private property. You can possess up to an ounce of marijuana in public. You can give away marijuana and receive it as a gift — but, alas, not in time for Father’s Day.

Sat
20
Jun

Rapid Response: How will legal marijuana change Oregon?

As of July 1, marijuana will be legal for recreational use by adults in Oregon.

Now that we’re close to that eventful day, we asked our Rapid Responders to give their crystal-ball look at Oregon’s future: Will this be good or bad for Oregon?

For example, will this create more problems for law enforcement, or will police be freed up to focus on higher-priority issues? Will substance-abuse addictions increase, or possibly decrease because of how people treat marijuana?

What they said

With commercialization of this product, the illegal trade will no longer generate immense profits, so law enforcement will be able to refocus on higher priority issues.

Fri
19
Jun

Oregon Medical marijuana dispensaries ask legislators for lifeline to recreational pot market

SALEM-Medical marijuana dispensary owners pleaded Thursday with legislators to allow them to sell to recreational pot users once the drug becomes legal on July 1.

"We don't know a single dispensary doing well in this over-saturated market," said Meghan Walstatter, who along with her husband Matt owns a dispensary in Northeast Portland.

She called early sales of recreational marijuana a "much-needed lifeline" for the dispensaries.

The Oregon Health Authority has approved licenses for 310 dispensaries and another 93 are pending, according to a June 12 tally

Thu
18
Jun

Oregon: Educate Before You Recreate

 

Starting July 1, Oregon’s recreational marijuana laws are in effect. That means adults aged 21 and older can legally possess and use recreational marijuana in their homes or in private places.

 

Educate before you recreate poster campaign for responsible marijuana use in Oregon

Wed
17
Jun

What you need to know about Oregon's Recreational Marijuana Law

RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN GENERAL

Q: What is the purpose of legalizing recreational marijuana?

A: As stated in Measure 91, the purpose of the Act is to:

• Eliminate the problems caused by the prohibition and uncontrolled manufacture, delivery, and possession of marijuana within this state;

• Protect the safety, welfare, health, and peace of the people of this state by prioritizing the state’s limited law enforcement resources in the most effective, consistent, and rational way;

• Permit persons licensed, coegulated, and taxed by this state to legally manufacture and sell marijuana to persons 21 years of age and older, subject to the provisions of this Act;

Wed
17
Jun

The Taxing of a Revolution: Oregon Takes a New Road

Oregon is being closely watched by reform advocates and entrepreneurs alike nationally as its recreational market inches toward realization. Oregon has been largely viewed as a Legalization 2.0 model after the continued problems, lawsuits and controversies of neighboring Washington state. In fact, it is the issues that still plague the definition and redefinition of The Evergreen State’s market post I-502 that Oregon is clearly trying to side-step as it gets the recreational green rush going.

“The Oregon market is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the nation,” said Leslie Bocskor, the founding Chair of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association.

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