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161 US OR: Column: Puff, Puff, Publish: Cannabis In The NewsThu, 10 Dec 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:92 Added:12/10/2015

This column increased in size by 50 percent a few weeks ago, and yet there is still barely enough space for all the canna-news. Light one up and let's jump right in.

PUFF, PUFF, PUBLISH-Portland made national news this week when our branch of the USPS put out a memo to area newspaper publishers. In it, they reminded our modern-day William Randolph Hearsts that it is still illegal "to place an ad in any publication with the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substance." It went on to say, "If an advertisement advocates the purchase of clinical marijuana through a Medical Marijuana Dispensary, it does not comply" with federal law.

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162 US OR: Editorial: Jackson County Pot Rules Will Help Keep theWed, 09 Dec 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:66 Added:12/09/2015

We don't see a lot to take issue with in Jackson County's proposed rules for growing and processing marijuana. There are no doubt a few tweaks that could be made, but in general it appears the rules would allow ample growing while providing some protection for neighbors.

The proposal would establish mandatory buffers between neighbors and the crops - which are notoriously malodorous near harvest time - and require growers to have legal water rights. It also establishes the size and type of structures that may be built for processing, as well as regulations on nighttime lighting and odor filtration systems for indoor operations. And it sets up no-grow zones near schools, parks and a few other sites.

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163 US OR: LTE: Monitor Marijuana Water UseSun, 06 Dec 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Bradburn, Margaret Area:Oregon Lines:37 Added:12/07/2015

The Rogue Valley is in a severe drought, and I feel local government officials should monitor all water usage. One particular concern is over water used to grow marijuana.

According to the Mail Tribune, there are 6,070 licensed marijuana growers in Jackson County. I believe each plant uses about one gallon of water daily. Add this up and the outlook for sustainable water is grim.

When water tables go down, wells dry up or may get contaminated with large levels of chemicals such as arsenic. Eventually, low levels may lead to rationing of household water. This will affect all citizens.

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164 US OR: Column: Hemp, Hemp, HoorayThu, 03 Dec 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:90 Added:12/03/2015

BY NOW, you know that cannabis is awesome for medical and recreational applications. But what about hemp?

Hemp is a type of cannabis sativa plant with low THC content and a skinny, tall-growing profile. At the risk of sounding like a ponytailed guy named Paul after one too many bong hits, I'd like to point out that hemp is also pretty awesome, and can be used to make a wide range of products-and not just drawstring tie-dye hemp pants, bracelets, and ponytail scrunchies, either.

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165 US OR: OPED: Attacks Cause Councilor To Reconsider ServiceSun, 29 Nov 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Corcoran, Chris Area:Oregon Lines:70 Added:11/29/2015

"Kiss my a--!" That was the phrase directed towards me at a City Council meeting on Nov. 20 by a pro-marijuana grow supporter. Normally I would try to be like a duck and just let the water run off my back. But that sentiment and those expressed by the majority of pro-grow supporters has left me searching for answers.

I had always lived by the motto that I could be part of the problem and sit on the sidelines or I could attempt to be a part of the solution by being a part of the process. I thought that I knew what I was getting into when I first ran for election nearly seven years ago. Never did I think I would have the aforementioned phrase thrown at me as a volunteer, unpaid city councilor.

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166 US OR: Column: Green FridaySat, 26 Nov 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:93 Added:11/26/2015

I ONCE WROTE a column about how cannabis growers shifted their operations indoors during the eight-year tenure of a senile president who acted in movies with a chimpanzee ["Indica Nation," Cannabuzz, Oct 8, 2014]. Ronald Reagan's fervent, jelly bean-fueled belief that people would stop enjoying cannabis simply because someone said "no" was paired with a full-scale assault on cannabis producers. People who had grown outside for years suddenly found helicopters manned by officers of the peace wielding semi-automatic weapons circling their properties. That served as incentive enough for outdoor growers to trade in their greenhouses for grow lights, HVAC systems, and high power bills.

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167 US OR: PUB LTE: Ignorance And BigotryMon, 23 Nov 2015
Source:Mail Tribune, The (Medford, OR) Author:Tourzan, David Area:Oregon Lines:39 Added:11/24/2015

I was shocked to read Medford councilor Daniel Bunn referring to medical marijuana users as drug users and that "People are afraid of these people, and they should be."

My 73-year-old father uses marijuana-infused tincture to treat his tremors, and can now pour my mom tea without fear of scalding her. My uncle uses a different tincture to keep him alive during his chemotherapy treatment for cancer. My little niece in California uses another form to stop her daily seizures that were literally killing her. They are not drug users to be feared.

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168 US OR: Column: Bad Dispensaries Do ExistThu, 19 Nov 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:95 Added:11/20/2015

NOW THAT ADULT-USE SALES are going strong, many of you will venture into a cannabis dispensary for the first time. Good for you! We are lucky to have a ton of well-run shops filled with fantastic flowers and knowledgeable staff. It's pretty dope. (See what I did there?) But there are varying levels of quality in all things, and that holds true for dispensaries and the people who staff them, too. So do your research before you go, or risk ending up with an experience like this-a composite of experiences I've had at several cannabis establishments:

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169 US OR: Column: The OLCC's Regulations Could Have Been Worse.Thu, 12 Nov 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:65 Added:11/12/2015

THOSE SEEKING to participate in Oregon's recreational (AKA adult-use) cannabis industry are feverishly preparing license applications for January 4, 2016. Meanwhile, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) on October 22 released rules for those who wish to grow, process, and sell adult-use cannabis in 2016: 78 pages of government-crafted regulations, covering a wide range of details, and-surprise-very few people are happy. (Note: Barring a late start by Phish, I've never seen so many weed smokers so grumpy. Can't any of the world-class growers in this state create an "OLCC Kush" to deal with the effects of working with this agency?)

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170 US OR: Column: Hoping To Work In The Weed Industry?Thu, 05 Nov 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:68 Added:11/06/2015

Don't Quit Your Day Job Just Yet

AN INTERESTING THING about living in a state with legal pot is the frequency with which I'm asked if I know of any job openings. So do I? Yes and no.

We're only a few months along on the rollout of Oregon's adult-use (AKA recreational pot) laws. We won't have recreational dispensaries until (best guess) sometime in the third or fourth quarter of 2016. That's when anyone 21 and older can buy concentrates, edibles, topicals, vape pens, pain patches, sodas, and tinctures. As of now, you're still limited to a quarter-ounce of flowers, seeds, and clones.

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171 US OR: Indoor Pot Grows Straining Grid, Oregon Utility SaysFri, 06 Nov 2015
Source:Seattle Times (WA)          Area:Oregon Lines:44 Added:11/06/2015

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Indoor growing operations for legal marijuana businesses are causing problems for Oregon's electrical grid, according to officials from an electrical-utility company.

Pacific Power said Wednesday that grow operations have taken grids above capacity, blowing out seven transformers since July and causing outages and equipment damage, reported The Statesman Journal.

The problems are a remnant of pot's black-market past, when substandard electrical work powered the lights at growing sites.

Portland General Electric has had similar problems, according to spokesman Steve Corson. He said anecdotal reports from PGE crews show about 10 percent of their transformer blowouts are from growing operations, with about 400 blowouts each year.

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172 US OR: Oregon Adopts Rules For Retail MarijuanaFri, 23 Oct 2015
Source:Albany Democrat-Herald (OR) Author:Cooper, Jonathan J. Area:Oregon Lines:78 Added:10/23/2015

MILWAUKIE (AP) - Marijuana stores will be prohibited from selling both recreational and medical marijuana and pot cannot be used on site under preliminary regulations approved Thursday by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The more than 70 pages of rules will govern Oregon's retail marijuana system once it's fully operational next year. While marijuana stores began selling to adults 21 and older earlier this month, they are operating under temporary authority from the medical marijuana program. By 2017, companies producing or selling marijuana to the general population will have to abide by the OLCC's regulations for health, safety and security.

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173US OR: Blumenauer Addresses Congress On Oregon PotThu, 22 Oct 2015
Source:Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) Author:Friedman, Gordon Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:10/23/2015

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer addressed the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday about the legalization of marijuana in Oregon.

Blumenauer spoke in support of Oregon's marijuana businesses. He criticized the Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration for "harassing" medical marijuana facilities.

"It's the latest example of how far out of touch the federal government's agencies are with the reality on the ground with the will of the majority of the American people who think that marijuana should be legal, and with the policies of the president himself," he said.

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174 US OR: Editorial: Let Voters Make The Call On Pot BanThu, 15 Oct 2015
Source:Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:77 Added:10/19/2015

So, maybe the Albany City Council didn't intend to talk about marijuana at its meeting Wednesday night after all.

That's OK. But it's becoming clear how the council should talk about marijuana when it finally returns to the issue in a work session scheduled for Nov. 2.

You might have followed some of the council's gyrations on the issue, which date back to the good old days, when all we were worried about was the location of the dispensaries allowed by state law to serve medical marijuana patients.

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175 US OR: Hemp for Medicine: Oregon FaltersSun, 18 Oct 2015
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR) Author:Anderson, Taylor W. Area:Oregon Lines:378 Added:10/19/2015

ALFALFA - Michael Hughes could grow pot in his Bend backyard if he wanted to.

As long as they were out of view, he could grow the plants, cut and dry the flowers, smoke them and get high. But he can't grow hemp there. He bought a license to grow hemp, but a variety of factors has made it more difficult to grow hemp than marijuana and other crops in Oregon.

Hemp, a cannabis plant with virtually no psychoactive ingredients that traditionally was grown for its strong fibers and edible seeds and oils, has been legal in Oregon for six years.

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176 US OR: Column: The Day Of Expungement Is Upon UsThu, 15 Oct 2015
Source:Portland Mercury (OR) Author:Jardine, Josh Area:Oregon Lines:64 Added:10/15/2015

LAST WEEK, there was some surprising but welcome news: 6,000 non-violent "drug offenders" will be released from federal prison starting October 30. (Of those, one-third are not US citizens; their deportation hearings will begin immediately.) And that's just a drop in the prison mop bucket, as more than 2.3 million people are currently incarcerated in the US. An additional 40,000 prisoners could be eligible for release over the next five years.

I could write 10,000 words on how our drug sentencing system is wrong, racist, and a national disgrace. And, yes, that would be both a ton of fun to read and assuredly change things for the better-because I'm certain that officials from the US Justice Department read this column faithfully.

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177US OR: Column: Oregon Legalizes Pot And Nobody BlinksMon, 12 Oct 2015
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Hughes, Trevor Area:Oregon Lines:Excerpt Added:10/12/2015

States With Legal Marijuana Sales Have Seen Voters Make That Decision. .. and It's Certainly Starting to Feel Like Really Not That Big of a Deal.

PORTLAND, ORE. - What if we legalized marijuana and no one really cared?

That's the overwhelming feeling I get standing inside Zion Cannabis in downtown Portland as customers buy marijuana from the friendly staff five days after legalized marijuana legislation went into effect Oct. 1. No muss, no fuss. Oregon is the third American state to legalize recreational marijuana sales, following neighboring Washington, where legal pot debuted in the summer of 2014, and Colorado, where cannabis has been legal since Jan. 1, 2014. Hardly anyone is paying attention.

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178 US OR: Editorial: Pot Dispensaries Facing Business SqueezeMon, 12 Oct 2015
Source:Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:70 Added:10/12/2015

The next development in Oregon's fascinating journey to legalized recreational marijuana likely will be dictated by the cold hard laws of business: The dispensaries which were set up to allow easier access to medical marijuana increasingly are under economic pressure.

By the time the Oregon Liquor Control Commission steps in to regulate recreational marijuana sales at the start of 2016, many dispensaries around the state may well be shuttered or in the midst of hard times. And the market for medical marijuana may well eventually be largely absorbed by the recreational market.

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179 US OR: OHA Has Limited Data On Medical Pot GrowsMon, 12 Oct 2015
Source:Daily Astorian, The (OR) Author:Borrud, Hillary Area:Oregon Lines:134 Added:10/12/2015

The Oregon Health Authority, which manages the state's medical pot program, probably does not have data on numbers of plants at grow sites at the end of 2014. This surprised lawmakers, who passed a bill earlier this year allowing those grow sites to be grandfathered in with more plants than otherwise allowed.

SALEM - Oregon public health officials are running into difficulty implementing a law that legislators passed earlier this year to gain control over the largely unregulated medical marijuana supply chain and prevent drug traffickers from diverting pot into the black market in other states.

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180 US OR: LTE: Keep Marijuana Sales Away From ChiloquinSat, 10 Oct 2015
Source:Herald and News (Klamath Falls, OR) Author:Twamley, Richard Area:Oregon Lines:53 Added:10/11/2015

The City of Chiloquin hosted two marijuana workshops. Neither work shop was opened to public comment.

The city has not recently conducted public hearings or taken public input. The question is how the Mayor or City Council can determine if city residents actually want marijuana sold in the city if the council refuses to listen to the pulse of the city? Klamath County and city of Klamath Falls rejected marijuana medical dispensaries or recreational pot use; this means that Chiloquin would be the "mecca" for pot consumption in Central Southern Oregon.

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