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You can be forgiven if you forget that marijuana is still illegal in California, except for medical uses. 

And part of the confusion comes from various state and local government agencies setting up rules and guidelines for marijuana cultivation. 

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is among them, working toward a set of water quality regulations for marijuana growers. 

Unregulated use of water causes issues both coming and going; involving water taken from streams and wastes put into them. 

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Starting in July, adults in Oregon can legally use recreational marijuana.

But thousands of Oregonians will still have criminal records for marijuana offenses that would have been legal under the new law. Now, Oregon lawmakers are considering a proposal to wipe the slate clean for people convicted of certain marijuana offenses.

Details of the measure are still being negotiated but it's likely to apply only to people who did things that will be legal once the voter-approved Measure 91 takes effect.

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As April 20th approaches, civil liberty activist and city officials in Arcata, California are at an impasse.

Is the annual gathering of marijuana smokers at 4:20 PM on April 20th -- so-called “4-20” --  a protected first amendment activity? Or is it a pot party run amok?   

OLCC Talks Pot, Listens A Lot

Feb 17, 2015
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Got a few thoughts on HOW marijuana should be regulated when it goes legal in Oregon? 

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission--OLCC--will host several more "Listening Sessions" to take input on pot rules. 

Pot for personal turns legal on July 1st.  Public meetings are set for Ashland and Klamath Falls this Wednesday and Thursday (February 18-19) respectively. 

Oregon Prepares For Legal Weed

Jan 9, 2015
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A new year is here, but legal pot is still about six months away in Oregon. 

Voter passage of Measure 91 last November set the date for legal marijuana for personal use at July 1st. 

And a lot has to happen before then to get users, sellers and authorities ready. 

Attorney Robert McVay has been tracking pot issues for a long time, on the pro-pot side. 

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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. 

The No Position On Legal Pot

Oct 21, 2014
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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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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. 

Yurok Tribes Raid Pot Farms

Aug 11, 2014
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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. 

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Jul 15, 2014
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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. 

Ashland Considers Pot Taxes

Jul 14, 2014
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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. 

State+Fed+Local Pot Laws=Confusion

May 22, 2014
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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. 

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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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.

The Business Of Medical Marijuana

Jan 24, 2014

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. 

VENTSday: Legal Marijuana + Drought Strategies

Jan 21, 2014
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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...

Pot Versus Fish In California Waters

Jan 21, 2014
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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.

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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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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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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