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Thu
28
May

Lawmakers working to fix Oregon’s broken hemp law

SALEM — Hemp farmers and an expert say a bill moving through Salem that’s proposed as a way to get Oregon’s hemp industry off the ground is too restrictive and would make marijuana the state’s favored cannabis plant.

Oregon lawmakers passed a law in 2009 to legalize hemp, which has been classified as a drug federally for decades because of its relative: marijuana.

But bureaucratic delays since 2009 and changes in the last year in how federal authorities view the plant have kept Oregon farmers from getting seeds in the ground.

Thu
28
May

Marijuana Legalization In Oregon 2015: Legal Weed Set To Hit Store Shelves In July, But Challenges Remain

Oregon is gearing up for its grand opening into the retail marijuana business, but when exactly the first recreational pot transactions will be made is anyone’s guess. Many state officials want sales to begin July 1, the day the state’s new marijuana law officially goes into effect and possession of pot for non-medical purposes becomes legal. However, logistical snafus over who should be allowed to make the first sales could mean empty store shelves come July, Oregon liquor control officials said Wednesday.

Thu
28
May

Bill to limit medical marijuana growers gets strong 29-1 vote in Oregon Senate

The Oregon Senate delivered a powerful message in support of tightening regulation on medical marijuana Wednesday by voting 29-1 for a bill aimed at curbing diversions to the black market.

Although the measure has drawn intense opposition among many patients and growers, lawmakers said that the success of the state's new recreational pot market depends on getting a tighter handle on marijuana ostensibly grown for patients.

Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland and chair of a House-Senate committee on implementing the marijuana legalization initiative passed by voters in November, said the large amount of marijuana diverted to the black market makes it harder for legal sellers to compete and could even threaten federal action against the state.

Wed
27
May

Oregon: Recreational Marijuana Regulation Policy Likely to Be Stricter Than Medical

Oregon is exactly five weeks away from officially legalizing recreational marijuana. But as July 1st looms in the near distance, the hard rules are still waiting in the wings. 

 

The reason being, the state legislature has pulled the focus back to medical marijuana. 

A much-debated piece of medical marijuana legislation has bounced from a joint House-Senate Committee to the Senate’s special committee, and now resides on the Senate floor for a vote. 

The bill in question would require the Oregon Health Authority to track medical marijuana through the supply chain to curb black market sales. 

Fri
22
May

Oregon man burned in blast making hash oil sues butane businesses

PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon medical marijuana patient who was badly burned in an explosion while he was legally using butane as a solvent to make hash oil is suing the makers and sellers of the fuel.

Kevin Tveisme, 28, of Portland, was injured in 2013 when his furnace clicked on, igniting butane vapor. The explosion destroyed his garage and injured a friend, Joseph Westom, who died 18 days later.

Treating marijuana with butane as a solvent extracts the potent hash oil at a low cost, but butane vapor is volatile. Explosions have become more common with the spread of legal medical and recreational marijuana.

As a medical marijuana cardholder, Tveisme was allowed to make hash oil under Oregon law, the lawsuit says.

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.

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