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1 US OR: Marijuana Complaint From Portland Day Care Workers Slow ToSun, 24 Sep 2017
Source:Hillsboro Argus, The (OR) Author:Schmidt, Brad Area:Oregon Lines:63 Added:09/27/2017

Oregon officials twice neglected to deliver key documents when The Oregonian/OregonLive sought to learn about a state-licensed day care operating in the home of a Portland marijuana entrepreneur.

The search started July 10 with a public records request to the state Office of Child Care. It asked for documents including anything submitted by Step by Step's employees, operators or owners.

Agency officials provided records between July 15 and Aug. 2.

But missing from the documents were forms that Step by Step's top employees, Bre Murphy and Shai King, each submitted when they closed the business June 20.

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2 US OR: Portland Case Reveals Gap In Rules To Separate Day CareSat, 23 Sep 2017
Source:Hillsboro Argus, The (OR) Author:Schmidt, Brad Area:Oregon Lines:349 Added:09/26/2017

State regulators allowed a Portland man to have a childcare business in his home while owning a storefront dispensary selling marijuana.

Those potentially dueling interests didn't surface until this summer, after two childcare employees quit and contacted the state. They accused the day care owner, Samuel Watson, of keeping large amounts of marijuana inside his Alameda home and said he was putting children at risk. Watson categorically denies the allegations, and state officials have not found him at fault.

Without key employees, Watson in June was forced to shut down his in-home day care and a second location in Concordia.

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3 US OR: 10,000 People Smoke Cannabis On Inauguration Day InSat, 21 Jan 2017
Source:Willamette Week (Portland, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:61 Added:01/21/2017

[photo] 10,000 People Smoke Cannabis on Inauguration Day in Washington, D.C. to Protest Trump's Pick of Drug Warrior Jeff Sessions The weed was pretty good. #Trump420 protest in Washington, D.C. (Corey Pein)

An estimated 10,000 people lined up for five blocks to collect some 8,000 free joints at this morning's surprisingly punctual #Trump420 protest at Dupont Circle in Northwest Washington, DC.

The mellow, all but police-free event was a first stop for President Donald Trump's protesters and fans alike this Inauguration Day morning. The weed was pretty good.

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4 US OR: Warnings For First-time Marijuana Pesticide Use Worker PermitSat, 31 Dec 2016
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR) Author:Ditzler, Joseph Area:Oregon Lines:77 Added:12/31/2016

Marijuana rules still rankle

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission approved temporary rule changes Dec. 19 that take effect Sunday for recreational marijuana businesses.

In one change, growers who accept responsibility for illegally applying pesticides will receive a warning for a first violation, according to an OLCC news release Wednesday. Subsequent violations could result in harsher penalties, including loss of an OLCC-issued license to grow marijuana.

The change is in keeping with regulations set by the Oregon Department of Agriculture, said OLCC spokesman Mark Pettinger on Thursday. Another change allows makers of edible products with cannabis butter, a concentrate, to produce that concentrate in the same commercial kitchen where the edible product is also made.

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5 US OR: Study: Fatal Car Crashes Declined After Oregon LegalizedFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Willamette Week (Portland, OR) Author:Martin, Tarra Area:Oregon Lines:62 Added:12/31/2016

Study: Fatal Car Crashes Declined After Oregon Legalized Cannabis

The Portland Police Bureau and other local law-enforcement agencies are pledging to step up DUII patrols on New Year's Eve to catch intoxicated drivers.

But a new national study says the Oregon roads are getting less drunk and dangerous-and it cautiously credits legal weed.

The frequency of traffic fatalities in Oregon has dropped significantly since the state legalized medical marijuana, according to a new study from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

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6 US OR: What's Up With All Those Lame 'Stay True To You' Anti-PotFri, 30 Dec 2016
Source:Willamette Week (Portland, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:52 Added:12/31/2016

What's up with all those lame "Stay True to You" anti-pot billboards all over the city? I hear when Big Tobacco had to run anti-smoking ads, they used market research to deliberately create the worst ads possible. Is that what's going on here? -- Not Impressed

I assume you're referring to the Philip Morris company's infamous "Think. Don't Smoke" campaign, which I think about often and totally did not have to look up in any way.

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7 US OR: Column: Dude, Where's My License?Thu, 01 Sep 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:103 Added:09/01/2016

The OLCC Is Dragging Its Feet on Recreational Licenses, and the Clock Is Ticking

WHEN THE Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) was tasked with handling Oregon's adult use cannabis program-AKA the recreational weed sales that we have come to know and love-the news didn't send massive throngs out dancing in the streets. To say that Oregonians have a complex relationship with the OLCC is an understatement.

Among the agency's new, cannabis-related responsibilities? Issuing all the recreational licenses in the state-be they for dispensaries, growers, processors, wholesalers, labs that test cannabis and cannabis products, and the makers of edibles.

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8 US OR: Seeing GreenMon, 29 Aug 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Hall, Shaun Area:Oregon Lines:98 Added:08/29/2016

Williams Farm With Elaborate Greenhouse Operation Underscores Huge Growth in Local Marijuana Industry

WILLIAMS - Josephine County's growing marijuana industry is experiencing growing pains.

The number of medical marijuana grow sites in the county has remained steady from a year ago, at about 2,500.

But growers who sell to retailers have been sprouting up - 38 new state-issued licenses have been granted this summer to people who plan to grow for the recreational market. More applications are pending.

Pivoting to take advantage of retailer preference for indoor-grown marijuana, these new operations are springing up in former pastures and fields across the county.

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9 US OR: Fair Generates Buzz With 1st Legal Pot Display in U.S.Sun, 28 Aug 2016
Source:Oneida Daily Dispatch (NY) Author:Flaccuss, Gillian Area:Oregon Lines:81 Added:08/28/2016

SALEM, ORE. (AP) - Living marijuana plants went on display Friday at the Oregon State Fair, with organizers saying it's the first state fair in the nation to allow cannabis for public viewing.

The state voted to legalize recreational marijuana in late 2014. Here are a few things to know about legal pot in Oregon and the display at the fair:

The Oregon State Fair allowed a display about marijuana without any living plants last year and it generated no complaints. So this year, the organization took the next step and agreed to let marijuana growers display live plants.

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10 US OR: A Different Kind of Pot Plant: Marijuana Debuts atFri, 26 Aug 2016
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Dake, Lauren Area:Oregon Lines:102 Added:08/27/2016

New Ground Broken by Oregon Agricultural Show Growers Look to Product's Potential As Cash Crop

This week Nathan Martinez's family will head to the Oregon state fair to view the prizewinning plants he has hydroponically grown and lovingly cultivated: both the sativa super sour diesel and the indica granddaddy purple.

Oregon legalised the recreational use of cannabis by over-21s two years ago

For the first time, the fair, one of the country's most family-friendly traditions - synonymous with the tilt-a-whirl, funnel cake and blue ribbon pigs - is to feature marijuana plants.

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11 US OR: Column: Say It With Me-Weed Isn't HeroinThu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:96 Added:08/25/2016

A Plea for Descheduling Cannabis

NOT LONG AGO, I wrote about the slight, slim chance that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) would reschedule cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II [Cannabuzz, July 6]. You remember what Schedule I is-it's the list of drugs defined as having "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse." Along with cannabis, some of the other drugs listed as Schedule I are heroin, LSD, ecstasy, peyote, and Quaaludes. Not exactly respectable company.

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12 US OR: Column: Hot Federal Weed Law Action!Thu, 25 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Sliwoski, Vince Area:Oregon Lines:68 Added:08/25/2016

No Rescheduling Cannabis, But Plenty of Other Activity

WHAT'S WITH all the federal weed law action? My head is spinning!

MINE, TOO. Last week, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced it would not change its dismal tune on cannabis, and that weed would remain a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Then, the Obama administration announced it would ease barriers on marijuana research, despite the Schedule I restriction. Then, a bunch of federal attorneys general got pwned in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding their prosecution of medical marijuana businesses, which is a pretty big deal.

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13 US OR: Oregon Pot Tax Brings In $25.5 MillionWed, 24 Aug 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Golden, Hannah Area:Oregon Lines:77 Added:08/24/2016

Collections Are Exceeding Projections

Pot smokers are paying even more in taxes than state officials thought they would.

According to figures released Monday by the Oregon Department of Revenue, Oregon's recreational marijuana sales tax has generated $25.5 million in revenue so far this year, exceeding projections by millions.

In the first quarter of 2016, the Oregon Department of Revenue collected $14.9 million from recreational pot sales. In May and June alone, retail outlets collected $10.6 million in taxes to push the year-to-date total over $25 million.

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14 US OR: Pot At State Fair, 1st For USSun, 21 Aug 2016
Source:Garden Island (Lihue, HI)          Area:Oregon Lines:76 Added:08/21/2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Nine living marijuana plants will be displayed at the Oregon State Fair in a first of its kind event for the United States starting next Friday.

The exhibit of the nonflowering, immature plants brings pot cultivation more into the agricultural mainstream less than two years after Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana. The Oregon Cannabis Business Council, which organized the exhibit, says it's the first time live cannabis will be shown at a state fair anywhere in the U.S.

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15 US OR: Column: Weed ReadsThu, 18 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:91 Added:08/18/2016

What to Read Before-and After-You Get High

HELLO THERE! Do you enjoy reading? How about reading about cannabis? I ask because if you're reading this column (or if it's being read to you by a service monkey using typing-to-speech-recognition software), it seems like you might enjoy some books on cannabis. I certainly hope so, because this week's column is about four of them. You could get them all through Powell's or many local, independent booksellers.

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16 US OR: Column: Weed Fraud At A Portland DispensaryThu, 18 Aug 2016
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Sliwoski, Vince Area:Oregon Lines:71 Added:08/18/2016

Of Pot, Felons, and Duped Canadians

TELL ME about the weed fraud case!

WEED, FELONS, forgeries, lawsuits, California swindlers, and duped Canadian backers-the weed fraud case had it all.

The culprits in this story are a Northeast Portland dispensary called Cannacea, its owner Tisha Siler, a California group called Green Rush Consulting, and, per the Oregonian, a Green Rush employee who did hard time for wire fraud. Siler, Cannacea, and Green Rush were busted last month for especially bad behavior.

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17 US OR: Editorial: Congress and DEA Need to Make More ProgressSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:54 Added:08/17/2016

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration delivered recently good news and bad to the nation's growing marijuana industry. It will not remove weed, which is legal for both medicinal and recreational purposes in Oregon, from its Class I schedule. It will allow more experimentation to determine just how dangerous - or helpful - marijuana really is.

Substances on the Class I list include, in addition to marijuana, such things as LSD, heroin, peyote and ecstasy. They have no widely recognized medicinal value and they are, according to the DEA, highly addictive. The worst of the worst, in other words.

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18US OR: Pot Growers Take Home Blue RibbonsMon, 15 Aug 2016
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Hogen, Junnelle Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2016

SALEM, ORE. - Marijuana leaves of all shapes and sizes lined a competition alcove at the Oregon State Fairgrounds on Saturday. The plants were surrounded by hundreds of booths listing technology, agriculture and business innovations in the cannabis growing industry.

"People say we've 'Microsofted' the cannabis industry," organizer Mary Lou Burton joked.

The weekend was the first marijuana growers fair in Oregon, hosted at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. Sponsored by the state marijuana business council, and with presentations from state agencies regulating the newly legalized industry, it highlighted a number of desires from Oregon entrepreneurs and businesses to turn the state into a go-to region for marijuana.

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19 US OR: Best Pot Plants? Inaugural Fair to Weed Out Entries inSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)          Area:Oregon Lines:48 Added:08/15/2016

SALEM, Ore. - People flocked to Oregon's firstever marijuana growers' fair Saturday, where a competition for best pot plants will be held with the winning entries to be displayed later this month at the Oregon State Fair.

The two-day event underscores how the industry is starting to go mainstream in Oregon, one of four states to have legalized recreational marijuana use, along with Washington, D.C.

Donald Morse, a pot grower who conceived the Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair, said the fair aims to "demystify" marijuana.

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20 US OR: First-Ever Marijuana Growers' Fair OpensSun, 14 Aug 2016
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Flaccus, Gillian Area:Oregon Lines:68 Added:08/14/2016

SALEM (AP) - People flocked to Oregon's first-ever marijuana growers' fair on Saturday where a competition for best pot plants was being held, with the winners to be displayed at the Oregon State Fair.

The inaugural two-day Oregon Cannabis Growers' Fair underscores how the once-illicit marijuana industry is starting to go mainstream in Oregon, one of four states to have legalized recreational marijuana use, along with Washington, D.C.

Ed Rosenthal, known in pot circles as the Guru of Ganja, poked, prodded, rubbed and sniffed several dozen marijuana plants - some of which were so big they engulfed him in an exhibition hall on the Oregon State Fairgrounds. He and other judges were picking nine winning plants - three in each of three categories - that will be displayed at the Oregon State Fair for two weeks starting later this month.

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