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Wed
10
Jun

Oregon considers 20 percent tax on retail marijuana

GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Legislature is considering imposing up to a 20 percent sales tax on retail sales of marijuana once it becomes available to consumers.

Proposed amendments to a bill (HB 2041) allowing localities to prohibit marijuana facilities within 1,000 feet of schools would impose a 17 percent state tax on retail sales of marijuana products, from buds to candies.

Tue
09
Jun

Proposed Bill in Oregon Threatens Hemp Production

Proposed legislation in Oregon is addressing fears that hemp production in the state could impact marijuana plants by requiring a minimum buffer zone between areas zoned for cultivation of industrial hemp and marijuana grow sites.

Marijuana advocates fear cross-pollination with low-tetrahydrocannabinol hemp, leading state legislators to take up the issue. But hemp advocates say it is a two-way street, and the current bill unfairly singles out hemp farmers while doing  little to remedy broader concerns of cross-pollination on both sides of the aisle.

Mon
08
Jun

Potlines app helps marijuana users stay on the right path

Potlines is an app that will send users an alert as to differing state marijuana laws.

 

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2015 – Marijuana is already legal for medical and recreational use in the District of Columbia. Alaska, Oregon, Washington and Colorado also allow recreational use and possession of cannabis.

Twenty-three states from Maine to California allow medical marijuana use. But if you are taking a road trip from the NorthEastern shore to Southern California, there are a lot of states in between where marijuana is still illegal.

The laws are constantly changing and  the laws for use and possession in those states is not uniform.

And ignorance of the law is not a legal defense.

Thu
04
Jun

Marijuana and hemp growers duke it out in Oregon Legislature

Depending on who's talking, a 20-acre hemp farm about 10 miles south of Grants Pass is either the harbinger of a new industry that could help save rural Oregon – or an existential threat to local marijuana farmers just as they're anticipating boom times.

Hemp, the non-intoxicating version of cannabis sativa, has long been a big part of the marijuana culture, celebrated for its wide variety of uses and status as a fellow victim of federal prohibition.

But now that both hemp and marijuana are coming out of the legal shadows in Oregon, they're suddenly in conflict – and state legislators may be about to side with the much more well-established marijuana industry.

Tue
02
Jun

Hash oil explosions are concern in legal-marijuana Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. — Emergency crews are worried that the legalization of recreational marijuana in this state could lead to a rise in hash oil explosions, a pattern that's played out with dangerous results in Colorado.

"Potentially, we could see more of these fires and explosions," said Captain Chris Woodford of Forest Grove Fire & Rescue. "Hopefully nobody gets killed."

Forest Grove Fire & Rescue has seen two cases of hash oil explosions over the past few years. In March 2013, five people were hurt when a man cooking hash oil blew up his home.

In January 2014, another man making hash oil sparked a huge explosion in his home. He suffered serious burn injuries.

Tue
02
Jun

30 days until Oregon legalizes pot

On July 1, Oregonians can grow up to 8 plants, possess up to 8 ounces and be allowed to carry up to an ounce away from home

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Thirty days. One month. That’s all that’s left before Oregon becomes the 4th state to legalize recreational marijuana.

When voters passed Measure 91 last November, it set into motion a two-tiered process for pot legalization. On July 1, possession will be legal. On January 4, 2016, retail sales applications will be taken, with retail sales sometime later in the year.

Mon
01
Jun

What Does Banning Farts Have to Do with Cannabis?

A concerned citizen wants Pendleton, Oregon to add smelly farts to the city's nuisance code. If you think I'm high from too much Sour Diesel and are wondering what the hell flatulence has to do with cannabis, bear with me, it gets good (and, of course, weird). 

Fri
29
May

Meet the Oregon police dogs who have a big drug problem

There’s little doubt that Travis Dahl adores his dog, Dora, and absolutely none that she adores him. But their partnership is on borrowed time. Soon, Dora will leave for a new home and a new job. “It’ll be a bittersweet moment when she leaves, that’s for sure,” he says ruefully.

Dora, you see, has a drug problem. When it comes to marijuana, she can’t help herself. She’ll find it in sealed bags in the trunks of cars, hidden under floorboards, inside walls, drawers or pockets. And when she finds it, she won’t move until Dahl retrieves it and rewards her.

Fri
29
May

Oregon moves toward one-stop shopping for medical and recreational marijuana sales

Oregon liquor control officials on Wednesday presented a plan for allowing retailers to sell both medical and recreational marijuana -- and it seemed to win support from key legislators.

Under the proposal, medical marijuana growers willing to accept strict regulatory controls would be able to sell to retailers serving both medical and recreational marijuana users.

However, there still does not appear to be any consensus on when retail sales of recreational marijuana will actually start.

Fri
29
May

Latest Oregon pot battle: Marijuana growers vs. hemp growers

SALEM — Pot growers worry that Oregon’s emerging hemp industry could take the buzz out of their recretional and medicinal weed.

Some lawmakers hope to clamp down on the state’s still-embryonic industrial hemp crop due to concerns that through cross-pollination hemp could harm outdoor medical marijuana grows, particularly in southern Oregon.

Hemp — a cousin of marijuana which contains much lower levels of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive component — can ruin valuable marijuana crops through cross-pollination, by lowering marijuana’s THC content, pot advocatese say.

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