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Measure 91 Passing
10:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Oregon Joins The Marijuana States

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Oregon voters legalized marijuana for personal, recreational use in Election 2014, passing Ballot Measure 91.

By 10 PM Election Night, returns showed a Yes vote of roughly 54%.  Major news organizations projected a final victory for the measure.

The vote allows Oregon to join Washington and Colorado in the ranks of legal pot states. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The No Position On Legal Pot

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Oregon can at least look to two other states for ideas about what might happen if voters legalize marijuana. 

Washington and Colorado both voted pot legal two years ago, learning a number of lessons since legalization. 

Passage of Measure 91 in Oregon's November election would add the state to the other two. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Travel And Toke: Rick Steves Backs Oregon Pot Measure

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Any statewide vote on legalizing marijuana for personal use is going to draw attention. 

Oregon's vote on Measure 91 in November already had plenty of that. 

Now it gets more, from an unlikely source. 

Public TV and radio travel expert Rick Steves is weighing in on the issue, on the Yes side. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Yurok Tribes Raid Pot Farms

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The drought is bad enough… making streams run low and even dry in places. 

But its effects have been compounded along the Klamath River by illegal marijuana growing operations that divert water and cause streams to run dry artificially. 

The Yurok Tribe recently joined forces with law enforcement agencies from the local, state and federal level... to raid some of the illegal pot grows. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

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Signatures are still being counted, but it appears nearly certain that Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for personal use in the November election. 

New Approach Oregon is behind the campaign for the measure. 

It calls its approach "the new gold standard" for its careful construction: marijuana for users, taxes for government, prohibition for minors. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Ashland Considers Pot Taxes

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Oregon law allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries until the spring of 2015. 

So, many of them did… more than 150 jurisdictions banned dispensaries, rather than deal with the legal complications of dealing with a substance illegal under federal law, but allowed by state law. 

Ashland stands apart; the city council is considering a package of regulations on marijuana--even recreational marijuana, if it is legalized. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

State+Fed+Local Pot Laws=Confusion

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You can forgive the casual observer for being confused about marijuana laws in our region. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana laws. 

Neighboring Washington allows pot for personal use. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana dispensaries, sort of. 

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Marijuana Dispensaries Under Review
6:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Ashland To Consider Dispensary Ban

The Ashland City Council is following the lead of other Oregon cities, and considering a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries.  The town faces six dispensary applications and mounting neighborhood opposition.

The Mail Tribune reports the council will discuss a temporary moratorium tomorrow night, in a meeting open to the public.

People hoping to launch dispensaries in Oregon began submitting applications to the state on March 3 as part of a new medical marijuana regulatory system. Two applicants have received business licenses in Ashland so far.

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Following Lead Of Cities
5:45 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Jackson County Considers Dispensary Ban

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Jackson County Commissioners are considering joining the anti-pot party, banning medical marijuana dispensaries in areas under county jurisdiction.

Commissioners will consider a temporary moratorium on the dispensaries at their Wednesday morning (3/19) meeting.

Under new Oregon law, the moratorium would last until May 1, 2015.  It would apply to unincorporated areas outside city limits.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Business Of Medical Marijuana

Marijuana is a business in Oregon, like it or not. 

And even though the regulatory environment is constantly shifting, there are people trying to make an honest dollar at it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 22, 2014 | 8:30
12:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

VENTSday: Legal Marijuana + Drought Strategies

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Is it time to talk seriously about legalizing marijuana in your state?

And what changes are you prepared to make if the regional drought should continue?  Let's get your thoughts...

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Jefferson Exchange | January 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:19 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Pot Versus Fish In California Waters

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Marijuana versus the environment: who ever would have seen that coming? 

But the first hurts the second, at least when illegal growing operations trash the landscape and nearby waterways.

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WIll Cardholders Be Able To Smoke In Shops
6:56 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Decision Soon On Marijuana Use At Dispensaries

Officials at the Oregon Health Authority will have to decide soon whether medical marijuana cardholders should be allowed to use the drug at dispensaries that will become legal next year under a new state law.

An advisory committee discussed that topic and others at its final meeting yesterday. The state expects to finalize dispensary regulations by next month. They'll take effect in March.

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Dispensary Owners Cautioned
6:36 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Local Laws May Trump State Pot Laws

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The committee drafting Oregon's rules for medical marijuana dispensaries warned potential operators to check with their local government before investing too much time and money.

Medford and Tualatin have already banned dispensaries, and members of the committee said it will likely be up to the courts to decide whether those cities have that right.

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Legislative Committee Rules
6:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Localities Can't Turn Down Marijuana Dispensaries

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The Oregon Legislature's legal advisors say local governments cannot 'just say no' to medical marijuana dispensaries.

The Oregonian reports that the opinion was sought after the city of Medford adopted a local ordinance saying business licenses will not be given to anyone who violates local, state, and federal laws.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2013
10:39 am
Wed October 30, 2013

VENTSday-Closing Income Gap + Setting Up Marijuana Laws

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Yet another study shows a widening income gap, this time within Oregon.  What would you do to close that gap?

And both our states may be headed to the ballot once again with measures to legalize marijuana for personal use.  How should any such laws be set up to safeguard users and society?  These are the topics in this week's VENTSday segment. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2013
10:34 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Inspecting Marijuana Grows For Environmental Compliance

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Marijuana is illegal under federal law, but allowed for medicinal use under California and Oregon state law. 

In California, marijuana (legal and illegal) amounts to the state's biggest cash crop.

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Task Force Forms
6:28 am
Fri October 18, 2013

California May Legalize Marijuana

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California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom says it's time for the state to get serious about legalizing marijuana. He says he is willing to put his political reputation on the line to make it happen.

Newson and the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California announced Thursday that he is leading a blue-ribbon panel of medical, legal, and law enforcement experts who plan to spend the next 18-24 months studying how California can tax and regulate legal marijuana in an effective way.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2013
11:01 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Getting Land Use Ordinances Ready for Pot Dispensaries

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Medical marijuana dispensaries will begin showing up in Oregon in the near future, thanks to a law passed by the state legislature this year. 

The Medford City Council recently voted to ban dispensaries, but the state law may trump that.

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Marijuana Dispensaries May Open In Medford
7:29 am
Wed October 16, 2013

State Marijuana Laws Trump Local Ordinances

Oregon law trumps local laws that try to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.  Ashland Representative Peter Buckley who sponsored the measure passed by the Oregon legislature legalizing the dispensaries, says the state Legislative Counsel made that ruling yesterday.
 The law takes effect in March 2014.
The City of Medford has voted to prohibit any dispensaries in the city. The vote last month, and revealed this week, bans any business licenses if they violate local, state, or federal law.

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