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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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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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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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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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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.

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.

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.

California Senate Leader Opposes Legal Marijuana

Sep 27, 2013
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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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