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The Oregonian Lays Off Key Veteran Staffers


The Oregonian is laying off some of its newsroom veterans in what is both a cost-cutting move and a continued reshaping of the newsroom under the paper's new editor, Mark Katches.

These layoffs are the first conducted under Katches, who joined The Oregonian in July. They do not appear to be nearly as widespread as    More
Monday, April 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Measure 91 Backers Join Bus Project in Campaign to Expunge Weed Convictions


The effort by Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) to let Oregonians expunge marijuana convictions from their criminal records is gaining allies.

Backers of Measure 91, which voters passed to legalize recreational weed last November, have joined forces with the Bus Project, Portland's get-out-the vote nonprofit, to back Frederick's bill with a campaign called   More
Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AARON MESH

Ganja Police

The OLCC may have reached too far in seeking to create a new class of police: Pot Cops.

Just when you thought it was safe to smoke marijuana in Oregon, along comes a new breed of law enforcement officer: the pot cop. The pot cop can bust retailers for selling buds to people under 2   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Burns Notice

How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.

On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who will soon be Oregon’s top regulator of legal weed, and Anthony Johnson, the person who gave him that power, met over iced tea at Russe   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 AARON MESH

City Investigation of Minority Contracting Fraud Yields Results


Nearly two years after a Portland government watchdog began questioning whether a masonry business fraudulently obtained city contracts intended for minority-owned businesses, that company has lost its eligibility for such contracts.

As WW reported in July 2013, t...   More
Monday, March 30, 2015 by AARON MESH

OLCC Says It Fired Pot Czar Tom Burns for Leaking a Document, Then Lying About It

UPDATE: The leaked letter shows OLCC planning greater control of medical weed.


UPDATE, 4:45 pm: Documents released by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission show pot czar Tom Burns leaked a draft proposal about tightening the rules on medical marijuana to growers' lawyer Amy Margolis hours after he received it on March 23.

This afternoon, the agency released the draft proposal Burns leaked, along with the email Burns sent to Margolis, and the l...   More
Friday, March 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Pot Czar Tom Burns Fired Three Months into Job


Oregon Liquor Control Commission executive director Steven Marks today fired the agency's recreational marijuana director, Tom Burns.

Burns, who oversaw the creation of the state's medical marijuana program, was hired by the OLCC in December as the ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Thunder Owner Terry Emmert Sells the Oregon Zoo a Dead Water Buffalo

It was a $2,800 lunch for the zoo's African lions.


What do you give the zoo that has everything? A dead water buffalo.

That’s the unusual offer Clackamas County heavy-hauling magnate Terry Emmert made the Oregon Zoo this month.

Emmert owns the Portland Thunder arena football team and a...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by AARON MESH

Pay to Playground

City Commissioner Amanda Fritz proposes overhauling fees on developers to fund parks.

City Hall
City Commissioner Amanda Fritz is proposing a massive increase in some of the fees the city charges developers of new homes and commercial buildings. Fritz is proposing an overhaul of the fees   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Joint Ventures

Starting a pot business? These companies want to help.

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Alexa Divett is getting a contact high. Divett runs Maya Media Collective, a Northeast Portland company that is part of the commercial frenzy surrounding the legalization of marijuana in Orego   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 AARON MESH

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