Oregon Medical Marijuana News
January 1st, 2015A single paragraph on the 88th page of the 701-page spending bill passed by Congress last month contains language that may signal a de-escalation of the federal government’s war on medical marijuana.
December 30th, 2014Voters in Oregon and Alaska decided on Election Day in favor of statewide initiatives legalizing the commercial production and sale of marijuana for adults, while voters in the nation's capitol and in numerous other cities nationwide similarly decided on local measures to eliminate marijuana possession penalties.
December 12th, 2014Pot committee — The Oregon Legislature will have a committee dedicated to getting ready for the voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana. The Joint Committee on Implementing Measure 91 will comprise House and Senate members. Sen. Ginny Burdick and Rep. Ann Lininger were named the committee’s co-chairs Thursday. Measure 91 gave the job of regulating marijuana to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Lawmakers are likely to discuss issues that include the fate of the medical marijuana ...
December 11th, 2014SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature will have a committee dedicated to getting ready for the voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana.
November 15th, 2014PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Cities scrambled to pass taxes on marijuana before a legalization measure went before voters. Their bet: That the taxes would get grandfathered in.
November 13th, 2014I watched the election results on Tues., Nov. 4 and like everyone else in drug policy reform I was excited and happy with how well the legalization measures in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, DC had done, and with Prop 47's win in California. There were other successes as well that day, plus a few losses. Still, two more states and DC voted for legalization. I've been in drug policy reform for 30 years, so I feel I have a right to be proud.
November 4th, 2014Oregon voters soundly legalized marijuana Tuesday night, joining Washington and Colorado as the third legalization state. Oregon legalization Measure 71 lead 55 to 44 with more than 648,000 ballots cast Tuesday night, according to election returns. Outlets in Portland are calling the race.
November 4th, 2014PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon voters legalized recreational pot use Tuesday, making the state the third to approve the drug for commercial sales. Legalization backers spent more than $3 million on advertising in the month before the election. Opponents, largely composed of law enforcement and concerned citizens, failed to mount much of a counteroffensive.
October 30th, 2014GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.
October 29th, 2014Oregon voters are closely divided about passing a measure that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state, according to a new poll conducted for The Oregonian and KGW.
October 29th, 2014KEIZER, Ore. — Two years after voters in Colorado and Washington State broke the ice as the first states to legalize sales of recreational marijuana to adults, residents of Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., will vote next week on ballot measures patterned on those of the two pioneers. People on both sides of the issue say these initiatives could determine whether there will be a national tide of legalization.
October 26th, 2014Retail marijuana sales for adults are now legal (at least at the state level) in Colorado and Washington. Next month, voters in Alaska and Oregon may decide to follow suit. It is nearly certain that marijuana legalization will make it onto the California ballot in 2016, during a presidential election season that will generate enormous interest among young voters. It is less certain whether that proposition will succeed; right now, support is above 50 percent, but propositions tend to lose ...
October 22nd, 2014At the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Portland last month, the atmosphere was that of a winning NASCAR pit crew during the victory lap. Bullish is too weak a word to characterize the 700 vape pen purveyors and cannabis attorneys in attendance (they'd come from as far as Alabama and India). The vibe was bullish but congenial. Inclusive, not cutthroat. On Day Two, an attendee was doing Tai Chi in the Portland Convention Center hallway in between speakers.
October 20th, 2014The campaign for Oregon's marijuana legalization measure this weekend reported receiving another $800,000 from two out-of-state groups tied to wealthy donors. Drug Policy Action, which has received major funding from billionaire currency trader George Soros, contributed $500,000 to the Yes on 91 campaign. Separately, New Approach PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based political action committee tied to the family of the late billionaire Peter Lewis, gave $300,000 to the Measure 91 effort. Both ...
October 17th, 2014Oregon moms take stands on Measure 91, a new Delaware poll has healthy support for legalization, say goodbye to most of San Jose's dispensaries, there's an asset forfeiture reform bill in Virginia, and more. Let's get to it:
October 17th, 2014GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — A judge in the heart of southwestern Oregon's marijuana growing country has ruled that the city of Cave Junction has the power to ban medical marijuana dispensaries, not just declare a moratorium.
October 17th, 2014LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — Both sides in Oregon's debate over whether to legalize marijuana are appealing to maternal instincts with the election less than three weeks away.
October 16th, 2014PORTLAND, Ore. — A University of Oregon economist said Thursday the best-case estimates for Colorado's legal marijuana tax revenue were overstated because of a faulty model. Economist Ben Hansen said at the Oregon Economic Forum that misjudgments in Colorado's revenue estimates stemmed from a term familiar to students in Econ 101: Elasticity of demand.
October 13th, 2014Andrew Courtenay was on his fourth round of antibiotics for an arm infection when he decided, at his mother’s urging, to become an Oregon medical marijuana patient.
October 6th, 2014Oregon is known for being green, but this November voters will decide just how green they really want to be. That's because Oregonians get to choose whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana for people who are 21 or older.