marijuana

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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Callers vent on income gap and legalized marijuana.

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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Central Valley Water Board explains how to inspect illegal marijuana grows for environmental violations.

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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State Rep. Peter Buckley and Jackson Co. planning boss Kelly Madding explain the rollout of medical marijuana dispensaries.

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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Police Chief Says No
7:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Will Be Banned In Medford

Absolutely no medical marijuana dispensaries will be allowed in Medford, Oregon despite a state law that makes them legal next year, according to city officials.

Medford police chief Tim George says dispensing medical marijuana violates federal law and currently violates state law.

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Drug Policy
6:20 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

California Senate Leader Opposes Legal Marijuana

California State Senate President Darrell Steinberg in 2012
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California Senate Leader Darrell Steinberg says he doesn’t back the legalization of marijuana.  That’s despite a new poll showing majority support and a new voter initiative entering circulation for signatures.

Steinberg: “I’ve seen too many people that I grew up with ruin their lives as a result of using that drug and other drugs.  And I just don’t think we should legalize it.”

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