Obama Administration Announces New Pot Policy

For those who remember our interview last year with then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, today's news should come as no surprise. The Justice Department issued a memo to federal prosecutors telling them them not to target medical-marijuana patients and their sanctioned suppliers. While most of Oregon's Democratic leaders remain mealy-mouthed about the marijuana issue, it appears the ...   More
Monday, October 19, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Gets Its Very Own Cannabis Cafe

While most Portlanders are all too familiar with cafés of the coffee-serving variety, there's a new café coming to town worth noting. It's Oregon's first cannabis café (a concept common elsewhere around the globe) and it will be run by Oregon NORML It's scheduled to open Friday, Nov. 13, naturally at 4:20pm. Sadly, only members both of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program ...   More
Monday, November 2, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Oregon's Cannabis Cafe Opens in NE Portland

Behind a heavy locked door, Oregon's newest cannabis café, run by Oregon NORML, prepared to begin its first day of service for medical marijuana patients. Perhaps unsurprisingly on the first day, things started slowly, with a press conference that started 30 minutes late. NORML executive director Madeline Martinez called marijuana "the safest medicine known to mankind" and said she expected ...   More
Friday, November 13, 2009 Sasha Ingber

Canadian Pilot Sentenced to Prison for Pot Flight

More than two years after his fellow flyer committed suicide, a Canadian pilot who landed in Eastern Oregon with nearly 1,000 pounds of weed on board was sentenced today to four years in prison. U.S. District Court Judge Ann Aiken ordered Harvey Gabel to turn himself in to the Bureau of Prisons on Jan. 28, 2010, to serve his term. Gabel, 60, is a resident of Langley, B.C. According to a news ...   More
Thursday, November 12, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

What Obama's Drug Czar Said In Portland About Legalizing Pot

Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Policy, is in Oregon this week visiting drug treatment centers as part of President Obama's upcoming National Drug Control Strategy. Speaking this morning at Oregon Partnership, a nonprofit with services that include drug prevention programs and a crisis line for suicide intervention, Kerlikowske praised his host's outreach to veterans with substance abuse ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 Ari Phillips

Pot Initiative Poised to Become Ballot Measure

Potential reform of Oregon's marijuana laws will go forward today when petitioners present their signatures to put Initiative 28 on the state's November ballot. Hundreds of Initiative 28 supporters spent more than a year collecting more than 110,000 signatures, which will be presented today to the Secretary of State's office. Oregon law requires 82,769 of these signatures to be valid in order ...   More
Thursday, May 20, 2010 Jacob Reingold

Two Quickie Thoughts on Today's Bad State Budget News. Anybody Have a Third Thought?

The news that Oregon's state budget has sprung another $500 million-plus leak leads to two insta-thoughts — and my request for help from readers for your third quickie takeaway from the bleeding budget. Here are my two thoughts: 1) The lousy budget makes today's overview in the New York Times about some of the dramatic changes (cutting the number of counties?) that other budget-strapped ...   More
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 HANK STERN

Medical Marijuana Initiative Update

Friday, July 2, is the deadline for supporters of initiatives in Oregon to turn in their last batches of signatures in hopes of making the November ballot. And proponents of reforming Oregon's medical marijuana laws with Initiative 28 said today they are confident they will turn in enough valid signatures by tomorrow's 5 pm deadline to qualify for the ballot. The Coalition for Patients' Rights, ...   More
Thursday, July 1, 2010 Sarah Jacoby

More Tokers than Texans and Other Odd Gems from the National Pot Conference

There are more tokers than Texans! So declared Russ Belville, outreach coordinator for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws during a session called "Using Data to Make Your Case for Legalization." The occasion was NORML's 2010 national conference. And the setting was the 100-year-old Governor Hotel, better known as the home of City Club's Friday Forums. Until Saturday, ...   More
Friday, September 10, 2010 Jason Slotkin

Marijuana Conference Wrapup: Drugs and Race

Alice Huffman, a self-described auntie who wouldn't even let you smoke in the backyard, uttered this classic line at last week's national marijuana conference in Portland: "I'm with a group of pot lovers and I'm loving it!" Huffman, president of California's NAACP chapter, was a speaker at the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws conference at the Governor Hotel. Californians ...   More
Monday, September 13, 2010 Jason Slotkin


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