Local Cities Debate Marijuana Taxation

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Brie Malarkey assists a flood of customers at her dispensary, Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill. Her patients are the first in Jackson County to pay a sales tax on marijuana. And in her first three weeks of business, they generated a lot. “We were able to return $1,800 dollars to the … Continue reading »

The Greenery Forced to Close its Doors

PHOENIX, Ore. – The last remaining facility selling medical marijuana in Jackson County is now closed. After a lengthy legal battle, The Greenery received an immediate, temporary injunction from the city of Phoenix to shut its doors. This injunction is short-term, only meant to last until The Greenery appears in court on June 9th. That … Continue reading »

The Greenery Gets State Approval

PHOENIX, Ore. – Phoenix medical marijuana facility The Greenery is now approved by the state to open a dispensary. But city laws mean they still may have to close their doors. The issue is soon to get settled in court. The Greenery just received their provisional license from the state yesterday in the mail. That … Continue reading »

Phoenix Takes The Greenery to Court

PHOENIX, Ore. – For Eric Mills, marijuana is the only thing that helps the nausea. He suffers side-effects after getting cancerous polyps removed from his colon. Mills tried to grow his medicine on his own, but his plants kept getting stolen or mowed. Now he says his last option is about to disappear. “I am … Continue reading »

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 »

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