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

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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

To-Doobie List


Culture Features
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

VIDEO: Watch the Full Weed Debate, Complete with Catcalls and Lies

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Tuesday night's debate on legalizing recreational marijuana had a harsh buzz. The audience at Portland State University's Lincoln Theater knew where they stood on Measure 91 (they, like WW, think it should pass) and weren't shy about making their feelings clear. When opponents of legal weed spoke, they were met with boos and catcalls.Many of the audience questions—posed by people on both sides of ...   More
 
Thursday, October 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Legal Weed Debate is Live Tonight on KATU

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The state's only televised debate on legalizing recreational marijuana will air tonight on KATU-TV, with WW joining other Oregon media to ask questions to both sides of Measure 91."Oregon's Great Pot Debate" will air tonight at 6:30 pm. The event is being hosted at Portland State University's Lincoln Theater. Measure 91's backers will be represented by Richard Harris, the former director of Oregon ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 AARON MESH

City Estimates Say Portland Could Net $5.8 Million a Year Taxing Legal Weed

UPDATE: Council ditches tax on medical weed, will try to raise $4 million a year.

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Portland officials estimate the city could raise $1.7 to $5.8 million a year by collecting a local sales tax on legal marijuana.Those figures emerge as Portland City Council is expected to vote today on a plan to levy a 10 percent sales tax on legal recreational weed. Mayor Charlie Hales' plan, first reported by WW in July, places Portland among dozens of Oregon cities hoping to pass a local tax before ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AARON MESH

Rick Steves Offers Portland Wine, Cheese and Legal Weed

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Public broadcasting travel host Rick Steves is launching a 10-city Oregon tour to promote marijuana legalization with an Oct. 7 wine-and-cheese reception at Portland's First Congregational Church.Yes on 91, the campaign backing marijuana legalization Ballot Measure 91, announced Steves' trip to Oregon this morning. The Oregonian first reported Steves' visit. Steves is best known for his travel guides ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 AARON MESH

Green Rush

Legal marijuana crops are redefining rural Washington towns—and making one-time illegal growers and their new investors rich.


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Riverside, Wash.—Apple orchards, pastures and alfalfa fields fan out from the Okanogan River along an area locals call the Flats. The land here in north central Washington is baked amber, frin   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Willie Weed: Home Front

Legality and acceptance.


Culture Features
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

Sponsor Cancels Government-Funded Anti-Drug Summit

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The private sponsor of a government-funded anti-drug summit in Madras has cancelled the event after WW first reported it had been set timed to coincide with the fight over Measure 91, the marijuana legalization measure.BestCare Treatment Services said late Thursday it was withdrawing from the summit, which was scheduled to include anti-drug activist Kevin Sabet. WW's story raised questions ...   More
 
Thursday, August 21, 2014 WW Staff

Just Say No Redux

Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.


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Legal weed is coming to Oregon—that’s the conventional wisdom anyway. A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreati   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 KATE WILLSON

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