Weed War II

Legal pot is sparking new battles in unlikely places.

Justice? Sure. But no peace. Oregon’s long war against pot prohibition ends today. Voters legalized marijuana last November by voting for Measure 91, but we’re just starting the skirmishes over    More
Wednesday, July 1, 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

Memo: New Weed Czar

Willie Weed
We hate to say it, but Oregon’s pot overlords don’t know shatter from shinola. Oregon Liquor Control Commission executives know their liquor, sure, as brave police officers pulling over cars   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 ROBERTO JAMÓN

Seattle Weed Empire Adds $75 Million As It Eyes Oregon


The biggest out-of-state weed company eying an investment in Oregon marijuana just announced how much green it has to spend. Privateer Holdings, the Seattle-based equity firm investing in marijuana worldwide, declared April 6 it has closed a $75 million funding round. The investment, led by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, brings the the company's funding to $82 million. That's the kind of money usually ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 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

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 state's recreational pot czar. The OLCC is tasked with setting the rules for recreational weed growers and stores. Burns' medical-weed work made him one ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2015 AARON MESH

OLCC Tells Oregon Legislature: Track Medical Weed, or Keep it Away from Recreational Pot


In a strongly worded letter to the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says medical marijuana threatens to destabilize the recreational weed market which state voters approved last November. The OLCC's memo, delivered Wednesday, asks lawmakers to keep medical pot out of the recreational-weed system—keeping retail locations separate, and not allowing medically-grown buds to be ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 AARON MESH

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Plans to Spend $440,000 on a Weed Permitting Program


The city of Portland's weed bureaucracy is starting to take shape—and the dope bills are piling up.When Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, Portland officials spent $65,800 to hire the city's first government weed regulator to set rules about where and when pot shops can operate.Mayor Charlie Hales is asking the city to spend far more—$440,000 to create a city "Marijuana ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 AARON MESH

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

News Stories
These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: A Guy Walks Into a Bar...

Is it illegal to bring a metal water bottle into a bar?

Dr. Know
I’m getting scolded for bringing my metal water bottle into the bar. Some bars say it’s illegal; others say I can keep it, but only if I let them fill it with their water. I can’t find this    More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MARTY SMITH


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