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

Organized Opposition Mounts Against Recreational Weed Campaign

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So far there's been no organized opposition to Measure 91, the marijuana legalization measure on the November ballot. That's about to change. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis says the Oregon District Attorneys Association will decide this week how much money to invest in a campaign to fight recreational marijuana legalization in Oregon. Marquis expects some business and medical interests ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Nigel Jaquiss and Kate Willson

Oregonians Smoke More Weed Than Tokers in States With Legal Rec Use

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Smokers in Oregon, Alaska, Vermont and Rhode Island consume more weed than either Washington state or Colorado, which legalized recreational pot in 2012, according to an analysis by the Washington Post's Wonkblog.Rhode Islanders smoked more pot per capita than another other state—about 13 percent of people who responded to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That's followed ...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Support for Legal Weed Rising Among Key Demographic: Women

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Women increasingly support legalizing recreational marijuana use in Oregon, according to a new poll commissioned by WW news partner KATU. While the overall support remains about 51 percent in the survey of 564 likely voters, the New Approach campaign has effectively bumped up the percent of women who support the measure from 44 to 50 percent. "The single ...   More
 
Friday, August 8, 2014 by Kate Willson

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.


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Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, giving the state the authority to regulate and tax weed sales. But Portland city leaders aren’t waiting to    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AARON MESH

The New York Times Editorial Board: Legalize Weed

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The New York Times' editorial board has endorsed legalizing recreational marijuana nationally and yesterday launched a multi-part series by its members to address questions about health, law enforcement and the social implications of ending the prohibition on weed."It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding ...   More
 
Monday, July 28, 2014 by Kate Willson

Joint Venture

The corporate face of legalizing pot has arrived in Oregon.


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Paul Stanford had to admit last week he was busted. For years, Stanford has been the face of the drive to legalize marijuana in Oregon, the man who may have done more to push for lawful pot than   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Paul Stanford Drops Pot Legalization Efforts

More restrictive petition still on track to gather signatures needed to make the ballot

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Longtime pot legalization advocate Paul Stanford announced Friday night on his show Cannabis Common Sense that he is dropping his efforts to get two marijuana legalization measures on the November ballot. “We have decided, given that we were just at about 50,000 signatures, that we do not have the wherewithal to move forward and qualify for the ballot so we stopped this week our paid petition drive,” ...   More
 
Monday, June 23, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregon Voters Like Merkley, Marijuana and GMO Labeling

Six months from elections, KATU/SurveyUSA Poll asks voters to weigh in on how they plan to vote on key issues

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Labeling for GMOs, Jeff Merkley and marijuana are all looking strong for the November ballot.A poll released today by KATU and SurveyUSA found a narrow majority of likely voters—51 percent— would back the legalization of recreational marijuana use. The poll found 41 percent were opposed. The support was especially strong among younger voters and Democrats. Seniors ...   More
 
Thursday, June 12, 2014 KATE WILLSON

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