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 »

Recreational Pot Could Impact Patients

TALENT, Ore. – As Oregon voters prepare for recreational marijuana on the ballot, dispensary owners say patients already benefiting from the medical program could have a lot to gain. The ballot initiative, led by New Approach Oregon, calls for the medical marijuana system to be left intact, and spared from the same high taxes applied … Continue reading »

The Greenery Holds Open House Tours

PHOENIX, Ore. – The Greenery in Phoenix opened its doors to community members, despite the fact that it is still banned from dispensing marijuana. The business is still closed as a medical marijuana facility due to a moratorium and court injunction from the city of Phoenix. The Greenery’s owner, Andrea Adams, said they are opening their … Continue reading »

OLCC Preparing for Marijuana Vote

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is getting ready for what could become the first market for recreational marijuana in Oregon. Last week the political action committee New Approach Oregon submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure in November. That measure would create a recreational market with the OLCC as its … 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 »

Gold Hill Discusses Dispensary License

GOLD HILL, Ore. – Gold Hill is moving one step closer to ending its moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. On Monday the City Council will hold the first of two public readings on an ordinance to create a business license for dispensaries. City leaders say the plan is to make it possible for a single store, … 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 »

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