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 »

Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Meet

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference kicked off at the Ashland Springs Hotel, and several guest speakers have been welcomed at the event that is the first of its kind. Hundreds of visitors are expected during the two-day event. Guest speakers have been on hand informing those in attendance about the upcoming … Continue reading »

$20,000 Traffic Bust

NEAR WILSONVILLE, Ore. — Oregon State Troopers found $20,000 worth of drugs during a traffic stop on Interstate 5 on Thursday morning. Troopers say 29-year-old Steven Bethune was pulled over near Wilsonville just after 1 a.m. They say another man was also inside, but was released. During the investigation, troopers say they found 9 pounds … Continue reading »

New Changes to Dispensary Laws

MEDFORD, Ore. — The state may have just given cities an indirect way of blocking medical marijuana dispensaries. After a long meeting Monday, the rules advisory council decided, among other things, that dispensaries will likely have to abide by local zoning laws. According to medical marijuana advocates, that decision comes as little surprise. The state … Continue reading »

Battling Marijuana Crime

MEDFORD, Ore. — Efforts by police are reducing the number of marijuana-related crimes in Southern Oregon, but officers say those numbers can change quickly. For the past several years, Southern Oregon has been a hotbed for marijuana and federal enforcement. Several marijuana raids at large scale farms were meant to slow down the sale of … Continue reading »

Dispensary Discussion in Jackson County

MEDFORD, Ore. — By next March, rules are required to be in place so that users of medical marijuana will have a place to get their medicine. So far, that’s been a discussion for cities to determine how and where those dispensaries can be placed. On Thursday, Jackson County Commissioners heard from planner Kelly Madding … Continue reading »

Jackson County Discussing Dispensary Law

MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County Commissioners are preparing for the medical marijuana dispensaries law to take effect next year. The commissioners met this morning to become more familiar with the law. Commissioner Doug Breidenthal says the law is vague, causing a few challenges with implementation in our area. Today commissioners were trying to figure out … Continue reading »

Teen Drug Use Among Highest in Nation

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – A new report says Oregon has seen one of the largest increases in teenage drug use in the entire country and local officials are seeing a similar increase in Southern Oregon. Oregon has the fourth highest number of teens who have admitted to using marijuana in the last month. According to … Continue reading »