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