License Denied for Marijuana Lounge

MEDFORD, Ore. – The Medford City Council upheld its denial of a business license to a medical marijuana smoking lounge, after being presented with evidence the facility had tried to use legal loopholes to sell and dispense marijuana. The council voted unanimously Thursday against “The Lounge,” a medical marijuana smoking club located on East Main … Continue reading »

Ashland Weighs Tighter Dispensary Rules

ASHLAND, Ore. –Three weeks after allowing dispensaries to apply for business licenses, Ashland city leaders are considering more restrictions on where those facilities can open. The move comes as neighbors raise concerns about the locations of those dispensaries. The city has received six business license applications to open dispensaries, including one at 400 Williamson Way. … Continue reading »

Citations Dismissed on The Greenery

PHOENIX, Ore. — Local governments are now allowed to temporarily ban medical marijuana dispensaries. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed it into law, giving cities and counties until may first to enact moratoriums that could last until May 2015. Even if cities choose not to ban them, they could still set policies and regulations for those … Continue reading »

Dispensaries Prepare for New Rules

PHOENIX, Ore. – Two employees train at the greenery in downtown Phoenix, going over each item to understand their properties and medicinal value. They hope to join a new wave of “budtenders” soon to spring up across the state. “The person behind the counter is absolutely the face of this industry, and is the most … Continue reading »

Dispensary Laws Hit Legislative Hurdle

MEDFORD, Ore. — The state has just a few weeks to set rules around medical marijuana dispensaries, but they say flaws in the legislation itself are getting in the way. The Rules Advisory Committee will likely have one more draft until those rules are finalized mid-December. They also say the team is working together well, but … Continue reading »

Duckworth Working at New Medical Clinic

MEDFORD, Ore. — SONORML may have closed its doors, but the former executive director is now at a new Medford clinic. Southern Oregon Community Center and Clinics opened two weeks ago on Bennett Avenue. Staff at the clinic say this facility will do more than just help patients. Patients entering those doors will have access … 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 »

Oregon Governor Signs in New Laws

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s governor has signed off on 66 pieces of legislation. This brings the total number of bills signed by the governor in the 2013 session to 787. One of the most-watched is House Bill 3460, which basically creates medical marijuana dispensaries. Effective immediately, the law tasks the Oregon Health Authority with establishing … Continue reading »

Advocates Discuss Marijuana and PTSD

MEDFORD, Ore. — Marijuana advocates say the drug could be used for soldiers dealing with the effects of war. A local effort is urging lawmakers to let marijuana be used for post traumatic stress disorder. Representatives from the Veterans Affairs and marijuana advocates are weighing in. With only a week until the election, supporters of … Continue reading »

Local Firefighters Find More Pot Grows

ASHLAND, Ore. – Fire officials say legal or not, finding marijuana grows when arriving on scene is becoming a common occurrence. With the harvest period around the corner, officials believe its a trend that will only increase. Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Program has more than 55,000 people enrolled and about one-fifth of them are concentrated in … Continue reading »

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