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State Officials Spend $350,000 on Marijuana Media Blitz

The PR campaign is called "What's Legal?"


Maybe you’ve heard: Recreational weed is legal in Oregon starting July 1. But state officials are spending $350,000—the cost of about 120 pounds of pot in the Portland market—to make sure you don’t screw it up.

That’s what the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is spending to hire Portland public-relations firm Metropolitan Group to launch a media...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by AARON MESH

OLCC Will Get Pot Cops—But With Limited Power


Here come the pot cops.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is poised to get a team of law-enforcement officers to oversee recreational marijuana. But the powers of the weed police will be restricted from what the agency initially requested.
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Monday, June 1, 2015 by AARON MESH

Wolf Tracks

An environmental group goes to court to see the forest service’s plans to protect Oregon wolves.

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Nick Cady is thrilled to see the return of gray wolves to Oregon’s Cascade Range. He celebrated when the wolf dubbed OR-7 was spotted south of Crater Lake in 2011, more than 60 years after hun   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 AARON MESH

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Portland Strip Club Owners for Running Prostitution and Money-Laundering Ring

Recent WW stories have detailed the allegations.


A federal grand jury concluded a five-year waiting game Wednesday by indicting two alleged leaders of a prostitution and money-laundering ring that operated out of six strip clubs in the Portland area.

The grand jury charged Lawrence Owen and Gary Bryant of running the Milwaukie-based prostitution and money-laundering ring from the Landing Strip, Dilli...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

After $18,000 Bill, NW Examiner Still Trying to Get Oregon Zoo's Elephant Records


Elephant-rights activists are getting under the not-so-thick hides of Oregon Zoo officials.

Last summer, regional government Metro, which runs the zoo, quoted The Northwest Examiner an $18,000 bill for public records the community newspaper requested on the zoo’s    More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Senators Won't Hear Public Testimony on Bill to Continue Local Bans on Medical Weed

UPDATE: Senate pot committee passes bill unanimously.


The Oregon Senate is preparing to pass a bill that would allow cities and counties to keep banning medical-marijuana sales without a public vote.

When it comes to debating the extension, it looks like state lawmakers don't want to hear from the public, either.

Tonight's Senate committee hearing on Senate Bill 964 won't include public testimony on an amendment t...   More
Monday, May 18, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Lawmakers Want Marijuana Delivery Services for "Dry" Counties that Ban Weed Sales


State lawmakers are in the weeds (sorry) over how to fine-tune the state’s voter-approved laws on legalized marijuana.

One debate seems to be ending: Oregon will have “dry” cities and counties that outlaw any w...   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Taxi Companies Aren't Changing Prices to Compete with Uber


Portland's taxis are stubbornly refusing to go wild.

Portland City Council removed price restrictions for cab companies when it legalized ride-hailing apps Uber and Lyft on April 21.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Forbes: Oregon Has the Cheapest Weed in America


It's time to change Oregon's nickname. We're the Cheap-Weed State.

Finance magazine Forbes has compared the price of an ounce of "high-quality" marijuana across all 50 states, and finds pot is less expe...   More
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by AARON MESH

Uber Uses Its App To Lobby Against a Bill Requiring Commercial Insurance for Its Drivers

The ride-sharing giant claims a bill before state legislators would make it "impossible" to operate in Oregon.


Portland customers who open the Uber ride-hailing app are getting a scare.

The company has installed a pop-up screen urging its riders to lobby against a bill by state lawmakers "that could shut down Uber in Oregon."

In fact, the bill in the Oregon House would require transportation companies like Uber and Lyft to carry commercial insurance at all times.

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Monday, May 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

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