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Coronavirus and Sumpter, Oregon

Marijuana shops were declared essential early on, our rental cabins also never had to close, so there hasn’t really been much change to my day-to-day working life in this crisis.

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National Drug Policy Funders to Idaho: You’re On Your Own

For half a million dollars, Idaho could have been the next medical marijuana state. Making the ballot has always been the only question, as polls have consistently shown about three-in-four Idahoans are for it.

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Letter to City Council of Ontario

To the City Council of Ontario; I am writing again to urge you to reject recommendations from the Planning Committee and the Ad-Hoc Committee that would unnecessarily reduce economic opportunity in Ontario by instituting extreme buffer zones around the placement of legal marijuana businesses. The proposal of these buffer zones would seriously limit where marijuana […]

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Letter to Ontario City Council

To the Ontario City Council; My name is Russ Belville. While I currently reside in Portland, Oregon, I grew up in the Treasure Valley. I attended grade school in Fruitland; graduated high school in Nampa; attended Boise State University; worked in Payette, Weiser, and Ontario; and served in the Idaho National Guard in Caldwell. I’m […]

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Before You Vote, Learn the Facts About Marijuana

Before You Vote, Learn the Facts About Marijuana On November 6, Measure 23-61, the initiative to lift the ban on marijuana shops, will be decided. There are many opinions on this matter. I’m writing to counter with facts. “Marijuana contributes to unemployment,” opines Reed Dame (Argus Observer LtE, Oct 21). US Bureau of Labor Statistics […]

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Steven Marks Comments on Minor Decoy Operations

Steven Marks Comments on Minor Decoy Operations We’re here with Steven Marks. He’s the Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which handles the regulation and oversight of the cannabis industry here in the State of Oregon. Welcome to our show. Thank you. During your presentation, it was brought up, the fact that we just […]

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Drugs HIGH TIMES

Medical Marijuana Mom Beats State in Court, Wins Back Daughter

Medical Marijuana Mom Beats State in Court, Wins Back Daughter Yesterday in Oregon’s Malheur County Courthouse, a young single mother who uses medical marijuana to help treat psychiatric conditions convinced a judge she was neither too mentally ill nor abusing drugs, thereby winning back custody of her one-year-old daughter after ten weeks apart. It was […]

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Massachusetts Copies Oregon’s Separate-and-Unequal Marijuana Compromise

Massachusetts Copies Oregon’s Separate-and-Unequal Marijuana Compromise What is the point of a statewide initiative if your town gets to ignore it? That’s the question we must ask once again as marijuana proves to be the issue too hot for democracy. In 2016, the people of Massachusetts voted on Question 4 to legalize marijuana, passing it […]

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Op-Ed: Why Does OLCC Warn Against Parental Toking, But Not Drinking

Op-Ed: Why Does OLCC Warn Against Parental Toking, But Not Drinking? To the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC); When I purchased some marijuana recently at a licensed retailer, it came with a small scrap of paper. It read, “MARIJUANA CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK. You can keep the children in your life safe and healthy […]

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Why Doesn’t Oregon Tell Parents Not to Drink in Front of Their Children

Why Doesn’t Oregon Tell Parents Not to Drink in Front of Their Children? To the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC); When I purchased some marijuana recently at a licensed retailer, it came with a small scrap of paper. It read: MARIJUANA CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK. You can keep the children in your life safe […]