State Pot Testing Regulations Under Fire

ASHLAND, Ore. – Not a single gram of marijuana has been sold yet from a state-licensed dispensary in Southern Oregon. But already advocates are expressing concern. “The reality is that there is not any formalized structure for testing right now,” said Mike Welch, owner of Puff’s Smoke Shop in Ashland. Under the new state law, … Continue reading »

Ashland Considers Marijuana Tax

ASHLAND, Ore. – Paul Ash scans the shelves at Puff’s Smoke Shop as he waits for a budtender to make her way over. Patients like Ash already pay a premium over black market prices for that retail experience. Now they’re being asked to consider paying more. “I would not mind paying the extra to have … Continue reading »

Eagle Point Votes on Dispensaries

EAGLE POINT, Ore. – City leaders in Eagle Point have decided to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries in city limits. The issue passed with a 6-1 vote during Tuesday’s city council meeting. A moratorium will be in effect until May 2015, unless the council decides to end it sooner. City leaders said the temporary ban … Continue reading »

Phoenix Referendum Effort Continues

PHOENIX, Ore. – Residents in Phoenix continue to rally behind one of their medical marijuana facilities. Supporters of The Greenery are filing a referendum on a four-month dispensary moratorium voted in by the City Council. They say they have just enough signatures to file that referendum on April first. If those are validated it would … Continue reading »

Gold Hill Struggles with Dispensaries

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Brie Malarkey stares at the “For Lease” sign posted on her future storefront in downtown Gold Hill. The security deposit has already been paid, but she has a long way to go before she can move in. “We’re putting a lot of money and time and energy on the line and … Continue reading »

Voters Lead Drive Against Dispensary Ban

PHOENIX, Ore. – A team of volunteers breaks for a brief huddle over a map before hitting the streets. The group is one of several scouring the city for signatures they say will help them bring dispensaries back from the dead. “We’re saying we don’t want to stop safe access to medical marijuana patients on … Continue reading »

Counties Face Dispensary Choice

RUCH, Ore. – As local cities vote yes or no on dispensaries, residents of rural areas are left to wonder about their options. Some residents say they wonder if they’re even needed. “If anyone needs marijuana they just talk to their neighbor,” said Ruch resident Riot Schechter. “There’s also the price of gas, that’s a … Continue reading »

Phoenix Says No to Dispensaries, For Now

PHOENIX, Ore. – A passionate crowd reacted as the Phoenix City Council delivered a temporary blow to medical marijuana dispensaries. In a 4-2 vote, the council agreed to put a four-month hold on dispensaries. They say it isn’t a ban, but a stalling tactic. “If we need to change our business ordinances, we’ll need to … Continue reading »

Cities Want More Opinions on Medical Pot

PHOENIX, Ore. — Cities across the Rogue Valley now want to reach out to the public as they continue to debate allowing medical marijuana dispensaries in city limits. But some city leaders said only the extreme advocates on both sides of the debate are speaking up. Local cities are considering whether to deny licenses outright … Continue reading »

Local Cities Weigh Pot Dispensary Rules

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — Communities across Oregon are trying to prepare for the medical marijuana dispensary law that goes into effect in a few months. Now several more cities in southern Oregon are deciding what their legal options are. In Tuesday’s Eagle Point City Council meeting, councilors brought up the issue, but did not make … Continue reading »

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