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 Legislature Could Delay Marijuana Edibles Until July 2016


Oregon lawmakers are kicking the pot cookie down the road.The Oregon Legislature this week began tweaking the rules for legal recreational weed approved by voters in November. State officials have a tight deadline: Pot possession is legal starting July 1, and the state must  license marijuana stores by Jan. 1, 2016. But don't get too excited about purchasing pot-laced brownies, gummy bears and ...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Senate Republican Leader Plans to Place Weed Witnesses Under Oath


Oregon lawmakers have started hashing out rules for the sale of recreational marijuana that voters approved last November. That means lots of legislative hearings—but possibly with a twist. Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) wants witnesses testifying on marijuana-related bills to do so under oath, a condition state lawmakers rarely require. On Jan. 27, Ferrioli wrote Sen. Ginny Burdick ...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AARON MESH

Willie Weed: Home Front

Legality and acceptance.

Willie Weed
Siobhan Gill pulls on a glass pipe shaped like Absolem, the caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland. A bowl loaded with AK-47 marijuana flares, and soon smoke billows back out, curling up, framed by    More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 WM. WILLARD GREENE

To-Doobie List

Willie Weed
Marijuana is legal in Oregon. Read that out loud. The goodness of that reality is so hard to accept—particularly when high—that it’s just now starting to feel real. It also seems like the    More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 WM. WILLARD GREENE

Into the Weeds

Oregon can avoid the bad trips other states took on legal pot.

News Stories
Ann Lininger has a lot of reading to inhale. After only a year in the Oregon House, Lininger, a Lake Oswego Democrat, heads into a new legislative session Jan. 12 with a doozy of an assignment:    More
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 AARON MESH

Meet Marley Natural, the First Big-Brand Marijuana Invading Oregon


This week's edition of WW takes a look back at the most popular stories of 2014. Our roundup also includes a glimpse about what's coming next year: big-brand marijuana. Unlike other states with legal weed, Oregon allows out-of-state investment in its pot market, and tobacco companies are said to be eying the opportunity.But the biggest player in the coming year likely to be a Seattle equity firm called ...   More
Friday, December 26, 2014 AARON MESH

Marijuana Sales on Reservations Is OK In States That Have Legalized Pot, the US Justice Department Says


Indian tribes can now grow and sell marijuana on their land in any state that legalized weed. The Cannabist and other news outlets are reporting that the U.S. Department of Justice issued a ruling yesterday that says tribes would have to follow federal conditions to grow and sell marijuana states where voters have approved it. Legalization of recreational pot in Oregon, as well as Washington and ...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 GABRIELLA DUNN

Congress Appears Ready to Mess With Marijuana Legalization in Washington, D.C.


Marijuana enthusiasts in Oregon can take comfort that Congress can't meddle with the state’s recent decision to legalize pot. Not so in Washington D.C., where voters legalized marijuana in the Nov. 4 election. A provision added to the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill to keep the federal government operating would prohibit “any law, rule, or regulation to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties ...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2014 MILLER RESOR

Portland Will Pay $65,800 a Year to Hire a Legal Weed Regulator


What does $65,800 buy in the legal-weed market? Right now, a little more than 7 pounds of pot in Washington state. Legal-marijuana prices haven’t yet been set in Oregon, but the same money will pay the annual salary of Portland’s first government weed regulator. As first reported in Wednesday's Murmurs, Portland City Council on Nov. 12 approved a recreational-marijuana staff position, reporting ...   More
Thursday, November 20, 2014 AARON MESH


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