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

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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 weed sales—recreational or medical. (Already, 146 cities and 26 counties have barred medical sales.) But as first reported in this morning's Murmurs, lawmakers are already devising a way ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 AARON MESH

Residency Requirements for Weed Businesses Are Probably Unconstitutional, Says Oregon Legislature's Lawyer

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Oregonians who are paranoid about large, out-of-state marijuana companies dominating the state’s legal weed market now have more reason to worry. State lawmakers are considering a way to keep “Big Marijuana” out by creating residency requirements, such as those in Washington and Colorado. But the top lawyer advising state lawmakers, legislative counsel Dexter A. Johnson, wrote an April 20 ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by Aaron Mesh

Portland to Host International Cannabis Business Conference

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An international conference on best cannabis business practices will come just in time for entrepreneurs who expect Oregon to follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana use this November.The International Cannabis Business Conference will be held September 13-14 at the Oregon Convention Center. U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) will talk about how the ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by Kate Willson

Background Check Bill Goes to Rules Committee. Again.

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Senators who feared a vote on gun control this legislative session can relax: A controversial measure expanding background checks has landed in the Rule Committee, where a nearly identify bill died last year. Unless its biggest supporter can find the votes, the bill will go the way of its predecessor. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) largely blames a fellow Democrat for its likely demise.  "You ...   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 by Kate Willson

Key Republican Won't Vote for Gun Control Bill

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A state Senator in a key swing district said this morning she will not support a controversial gun control bill. "It is disappointing that we are focusing on such a divisive topic when the issue that deserves our attention is mental health care," Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany) wrote in a statement. "A better funded, more effective mental health care system will do far more to prevent mass gun violence ...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Empty Chambers

A senator says he’s got the votes to pass a gun-control bill, but where are they?


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The bill that some Democrats fear the most this legislative session is being pushed by a fellow Democrat. Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), whose district is a Democratic stronghold, will push le   More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 KATE WILLSON

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