Oregon

Thu
21
May

Oregon Politicians Propose A Recreational Marijuana Sales Tax

by Johnny Green

A little known fact about my home state, Oregon, is that we do not have a sales tax. This if fairly rare in America these days. I remember traveling to surrounding states with my family growing up, and being bewildered by seeing a price tag on a pack of baseball cards, but then having to pay extra once I got to the cash register. It was a very foreign concept to me growing up. Now that I’m older and pay a state income tax, which is basically the trade off for no sales tax, it makes more sense to me.

Tue
19
May

Oregon lawmakers to consider sales tax for retail marijuana

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will consider creating a sales tax for marijuana in place of fees applied to growers, the method approved by voters in last year's ballot measure legalizing the drug.

The idea is contained in a lengthy bill that is up for discussion Wednesday in a joint House-Senate committee tasked with implementing Oregon's legal marijuana program.

Proponents of a sales tax say it might be a better way to keep retail pot prices competitive with untaxed black-market prices. They say they'd like to collect roughly the same amount in taxes as they would get from the original method.

Tue
19
May

Pot panel approves new restrictions for Oregon medical marijuana

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon Senate special committee unanimously passed legislation on Monday imposing a variety of new restrictions on medical marijuana, a week after a joint committee overseeing the state's marijuana rules stalled on a similar measure.

The Senate Special Committee on Implementing Measure 91 passed a proposal tightening regulations on the medical marijuana industry, such as limiting the number of plants growers can have, building an inventory tracking system for growers, processors and dispensaries, inspection requirements and an Oregon residency requirement.

Lawmakers say the lengthy set of new restrictions is necessary so the recreational program can pass muster with federal authorities.

Mon
18
May

While waiting on Salem, cities grapple with marijuana regulations

Gresham's debate this month over whether to allow medical marijuana businesses exposed a deep divide of opinion about the drug in the state.

Supporters, like Councilor Karylinn Echols, argued city government shouldn't stand in the way of a patient's need for medication while Council President Jerry Hinton, who opposes the businesses, said he doesn't want to provide access to another intoxicating drug to residents.

Fri
15
May

Democratic Oregon Senator Ginny Burdick Ignores Marijuana Legalization Voters

If you're just joining us, Oregon's joint legislative committee that was assigned the task of implementing our recreational marijuana legalization got bogged down trying to restrict the medical marijuana program. Never mind that the Measure 91 recreational marijuana legalization initiative said, three times, that the existing medical marijuana program was not to be affected, and 56 percent of the voters agreed with that.

Fri
15
May

A look at marijuana's health impacts

When it comes to the health impacts of soon-to-be-legal marijuana, long-time smokers and those who say it greatly relieves their pain have one view of its benefits, while some health professions have raised concerns about the long-term impacts.

July 1st is the official date of marijuana legalization here in Oregon.

Fri
15
May

What will marijuana tourism look like in Central Oregon?

A future Central Oregon attraction may not be another craft brewery, but a marijuana grow site where tourists can pick up samples and see how the formerly illegal cannabis plant is cultivated.

Portland will likely be the primary destination for marijuana tourism in Oregon, but Bend and Central Oregon could also see an influx with visitors combining their trips to grow sites with other amenities the region has to offer. The ability for tour companies to operate and offer something like the Bend Ale Trail or a vineyard-style tour is contingent on rulemaking currently being considered by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and state legislators.

Fri
15
May

Police prepare for Oregon marijuana law to take effect

As people in Oregon will be able to legally possess up to 1 ounce of pot, law enforcement officers in Oregon and Idaho are preparing for the change - and the influx of people they say will be crossing state lines to get high.(Photo: Mary Kienzle/KTVB)

ONTARIO, Ore. - Oregon's marijuana law is set to take effect on July 1, allowing for recreational sales and use of the drug for people 21 and older.

Now, as people in Oregon will be able to legally possess up to 1 ounce of pot, law enforcement officers in Oregon and Idaho are preparing for the change - and the influx of people they say will be crossing state lines to get high.

Ontario Police Chief Mark Alexander says legalizing recreational marijuana will have a big effect on the community he serves.

Thu
14
May

Right to Farm vs. State Regulation

A Missouri woman recently claimed Missouri’s “Right to Farm” constitutional provision as a defense in a felony prosecution for growing nine marijuana plants in her basement. All states have right to farm laws, generally intended to protect farmers from civil suits brought by encroaching suburban neighbors based on things like the smell of pig manure.

Thu
14
May

Special marijuana committee created by Oregon Senate president to handle medical pot

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney, moving to end a legislative impasse over a sweeping medical marijuana measure, on Wednesday created a special Senate committee to deal with the issue. 

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