Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Plans to Spend $440,000 on a Weed Permitting Program


The city of Portland's weed bureaucracy is starting to take shape—and the dope bills are piling up.When Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, Portland officials spent $65,800 to hire the city's first government weed regulator to set rules about where and when pot shops can operate.Mayor Charlie Hales is asking the city to spend far more—$440,000 to create a city "Marijuana ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 AARON MESH

Waiting to Inhale

We ask Oregon’s new pot overlords: What’s your experience with marijuana?

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These are high times for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Voters have approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational marijuana, and in doing so handed the details of regulating weed to the    More
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 AARON MESH

Dr. Know: A Guy Walks Into a Bar...

Is it illegal to bring a metal water bottle into a bar?

Dr. Know
I’m getting scolded for bringing my metal water bottle into the bar. Some bars say it’s illegal; others say I can keep it, but only if I let them fill it with their water. I can’t find this    More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Fred Meyer, Safeway Disclose Huge Contributions to OLCC Privatization Measure


Two grocery chains pursuing the privatization of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission today disclosed $1.156 million in new contributions to committees aimed at placing the issue on the November ballot.The privatization campaign, Oregonians for Competition, has now hit $2.01 million in contributions. The group has several initiative committees moving forward with various draft versions of a privatization ...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign


Fred Meyer really wants to sell booze. The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000 to Oregonians for Competition, the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon. Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of state-licensed liquor stores and a few grocery stores ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Requiem For Jiggles

The booze-free strip club that local teens turned into an icon.

Cover Story
In June, Portland will lose a legend. For three decades, the Jiggles sign at exit 289 on I-5 has stood as a tantalizing promise of adult privilege to adolescent males of all ages. It may be diff   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 JAY HORTON

Northeast Portland Speakeasy Dean's Scene Closed

UPDATE: Dean Pottle Warned By OLCC in Letter Dated December 9


Food & Drink
UPDATE February 3, 1:26 pm: Dean Pottle was warned about making more beer than allowed by law and accepting "financial consideration" for beer without a license almost two months ago, according to a letter Willamette Week obtained from the OLCC.The letter was hand-delivered to Pottle, who homebrews beer for Dean's Scene, a basement bar on Northeast Fremont Street, on December 9, 2013. As of Saturday, ...   More
Monday, February 3, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.

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It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Price Check On Fireball

Oregon voters will soon be told getting rid of the OLCC will lower liquor prices. A shopping trip to Vancouver kills that buzz.

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Forget free-market dogma and protecting the little guy: We just want to know whether getting government out of the liquor business will save us money. It’s a key question facing Oregon voter   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

OLCC Shelves Liquor Application for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has inactivated the liquor-license application for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club because the Laurelhurst strip club's operators won't provide information about who owns it.WW revealed last month that one of those owners was arrested last July on suspicion of promoting prostitution and money laundering at two spas he owns in Spokane.The Oregonian reported Thursday that ...   More
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh


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