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

House Co-Chair Peter Buckley Endorses Marijuana Ballot

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Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has today become the highest-level state elected official to endorse Measure 80, the marijuana legalization initiative.In a statement, Buckley wrote:It makes absolutely no sense to me that we continue to waste millions of dollars every year to prohibit adults from making the choice of whether to consume marijuana, ...   More
 
Monday, September 17, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Democrats Battle Each Other Over Education Reform

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Gov. John Kitzhaber and many lawmakers approached the 2011 legislative session seeking significant changes in the way Oregon schools operate. So far, many of the bills Kitzhaber and allies such as Senate Education Committee Chairman Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) hoped to pass remain mired in committee. Among the reforms: Kitzhaber wants all state education boards for K-12, community colleges and higher ed ...   More
 
Monday, June 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ethics Chief Dismisses Complaints Against House Dems


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State Ethics Commission director Ron Bersin quickly rejected complaints the Oregon Republican Party filed on Thursday against House Speaker Dave Hunt (PDF) (D-Gladstone) and Peter Buckley (PDF) (D-Ashland). In dismissing the complaints, Bersin wrote that neither complaint provided evidence that either Democrat had violated ORS. 244.010 — the law outlining the "public trust" that Oregon ...   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon GOP Files Ethics Complaints Against Dems on Tax Vote (Updated with Hunt Comment)


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Oregon Republican Party chairman Bob Tiernan today filed ethics complaints against House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) and Ways and Means co-chairman Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), alleging that the two engaged in "vote buying" to ensure passage of a state income tax increase Tuesday for wealthier Oregonians. The Oregonian reported today that Democratic leaders offered Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) ...   More
 
Thursday, June 11, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

SF Homeless Protest Update: Caravan Delayed, Still Moving Forward


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Here's an update on the travels of local homeless people and housing activists to San Francisco for a large protest scheduled tomorrow to demand that the Obama administration provide funding for affordable housing. Demonstrators are delayed by a snowstorm near Mount Shasta but have chained their vans and cars to arrive in San Fran for tonight's downtown rally sponsored by the Western Regional ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 19, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

NORML: State Rep to Push for Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana


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The Oregon branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) says state Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland) is set to introduce a bill in the 2011 legislative session to tax and sell marijuana. The bill to be introduced by Buckley, co-chair of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, will closely echo the so-called "OCTA Light" initiative that failed to make it onto ...   More
 
Monday, September 27, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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