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

Willie Weed: Weed Shall Overcome

Deep in my heart, I do believe...

Willie Weed
Very soon, on what is likely to be a cloudy day, storefronts across Portland’s plucky northernmost suburb will be front and center for one of America’s newest and nuttiest experiments. The q   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 WM. WILLARD GREENE

UPDATED: Washington Democrats Include CRC Money In Transportation Bill

Republicans lobby Oregon Counterparts For No Vote On CRC


UPDATE 2:20 pm: While Southwest Washington Republicans lobby against the Columbia River Crossing, Democrats unveiled a new $9.8 billion transportation bill unveiled today that contains $450 million for the CRC, The Columbian reports.The package includes a 10 cent gas tax increase, a new annual car tab fee based on 0.7 percent of a vehicle's value, and more than $3 billion in new bonds to raise the ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Driving to Drink

A new liquor sales law in Washington is sending hordes of booze buyers into Oregon.

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For years now, the embattled Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been fighting powerful lobbyists for grocery store chains that want to end the state’s nearly 80-year monopoly on selling booze.   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Driving After the Influence

If Washington legalizes dope, driving there could become risky for tokers.

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Oregon medical marijuana patients might have reason to worry if the state of Washington’s dope legalization initiative passes in November—that is, if they ever plan on driving in Washington.    More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

President of Beers: #40

African Amber: Mac & Jack’s Brewery, Redmond, Washington


Food & Drink
We're drinking the flagship craft beer from every state in the Union, counting down from 50-1, to find which is home to the President of Beers.#40 African Amber: Mac & Jack’s Brewery, Redmond, WashingtonState: I’ve got mad love for our Cascadian sister state, even if Seattle is the L.A. of the PNW. While it gave us an admirable wealth of great music, let’s not forget Washington also spawned ...   More
Monday, September 3, 2012 Brian Yaeger


Oregon and two other states are huffing and puffing toward legalizing weed. But don’t buy that bong just yet.

Cover Story
Harking back to the days when everything that mattered in politics was decided in smoke-filled rooms, the Western states...   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Washington State Senate Approves CRC Tolls


A big step to raising money for the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing cleared its first vote Tuesday when the Washington Senate approved a bill to allow for tolling on Interstate 5 at the Oregon-Washington border. Tolling is supposed to make up as much as one third of the revenue to pay for the massive freeway bridge and rail project. Oregon can proceed with tolling on the bridge without legislative ...   More
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 WW Staff

Serving Two Masters

Kitzhaber’s Columbia River Crossing adviser also works for the project’s biggest contractor.

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The Columbia River Crossing has occupied much of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s attention since his election last fall.    More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dirty Mittens: It's Gonna be Awful (Bellingham, Wash.)

It's gonna be awful, I keep telling myself—managing expectations. We will sleep on hard floors and eat bad food. What shows aren't canceled will be for five people in a rec center basement and we won't be paid. We will get robbed, beaten up, snowed in, pulled over, and made fun of. When we finally pull into Portland two weeks from now, it will be beaten and ragged Mittens that emerge from a fully ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 Ben Hubbird


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