Legal Marijuana Will Help Oregon Economy

SALEM, Ore. — Experts say Oregon will gain about 20 million dollars per year in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission chair says this is an estimation and not nailed down just yet. This budgeting is based on existing and forecasted sales and demand in the state. It also accounts … Continue reading »

Your Vote: Measure 91 “Recreational Pot”

MEDFORD, Ore. — Smoking marijuana, as well as possessing it, will soon be legal for anyone in Oregon. Tonight, a majority of voters are supporting measure 91. That means recreational marijuana will likely soon be legal in Oregon, pending anticipated legislation. Recreational marijuana is being treated as entirely separate from medical. But dispensaries will likely … Continue reading »

Marijuana Tax Considered

MEDFORD, Ore. — An ordinance to tax marijuana in Jackson County is getting a second reading at the County Commissioner meeting on Wednesday. If commissioners adopt the ordinance, voters would be given the chance to ratify it during a special election in March. Many cities and counties have passed similar marijuana tax ordinances in the past … Continue reading »

Marijuana Grow Site Clean Up

NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. — Since 2010, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has worked with other agencies to crack down on illegal marijuana grows in the county. For the past year, as part of that program and funded by the forest service, the sheriff’s office is going through the sites that are found, and cleaning up what was … Continue reading »

Court Decision Sparks Moratorium Debate

MEDFORD, Ore. — A recent court decision in Josephine County may open the door for cities and towns to ban medical marijuana dispensaries. The city of Medford has made it their intention to ban dispensaries altogether, something that remains illegal under state law. The court decision in Cave Junction basically said communities have the right to … Continue reading »

Rick Steves Shows Support For Measure 91

MEDFORD, Ore. — Travel specialist Rick Steves made two stops in the Rogue Valley Friday to promote the legalization of recreational marijuana. On the November ballot, Measure 91 would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older. This is the fourth day of Rick Steves’ 10 city tour around Oregon to talk about … Continue reading »

Impact of Marijuana on Youth

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The effects of marijuana on kids and teens was the center of a community discussion Thursday. This is the third forum held in Grants Pass for parents and other members of the public to ask questions and receive answers from national experts about marijuana use among the youth. The biggest concerns … Continue reading »

Marijuana Bust on I-5 Near Medford

MEDFORD, Ore. — Two Washington men were arrested early Sunday morning during an Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop when a trooper found over 5 pounds of marijuana concealed in their vehicle on Interstate 5 north of Medford. OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation. On September 14, 2014 at approximately 12:44 a.m., an … Continue reading »

Transient Presence in Downtown Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. — Many gather in the Ashland Plaza at all times of the day. Some transients say they try to be respectful of the people who work downtown and those passing-by on their way to different destinations in the city. It’s at night though, when the commotion in the plaza starts getting loud. One … Continue reading »

Marijuana Tax on Ballot

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — If recreational marijuana become legal in the state, Josephine County residents will have a choice on if it’s taxed. Commissioners there have approved an advisory question be placed on this November’s ballot. The results will help guide county leaders on making policy changes if recreational marijuana is legalized However, commissioners say, … Continue reading »

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