Almost half of states violating federal drug law

by Dan Lucas A recent report on the Status of Oregon Marijuana Programs from the State of Oregon’s Legislative Fiscal Office contained this interesting note “There are currently 24 states plus the District of Columbia that have legalized medical marijuana.” … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Crime & Sentencing, Federal Government, Marijuana | 21 Comments

After legalization, marijuana easier to come by than water, say high schoolers

by Colin Cortbus An explicit student-produced online documentary depicts a rampant culture of illicit drug taking by students at a top Portland public school, just months after recreational marijuana legalization came into effect in mid-2015. The filmmaker says Oregon should … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Drug Abuse, Marijuana | 26 Comments

Oregon’s marijuana legalization: Gateway to unintended consequences

by Sen. Doug Whitsett According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths from drug overdose have increased 137 percent since 2000.  A total of 47,055 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2014 – about 130 people a … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Marijuana | 30 Comments

Senate GOP challenge Dems’ unconstitutional passage of SB 1511

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, Ore. – Senate Republicans expressed outrage over tactics by Senate Democrats to intentionally violate the Oregon Constitution on the Senate floor Tuesday. Passing SB 1511, which regulates marijuana taxation and contains an emergency clause, blatantly violates … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

Is DeFazio calling for fed crackdown on marijuana in Oregon?

by NW Spotlight It seems that NOW Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in Oregon. DeFazio recently “gave a fiery speech on the U.S. house floor” on the “armed militia protest … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, Oregon Attorney General | 2 Comments

Will Oregon go to pot?

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Political coincidences are uncommon. Political accidents are even more exceptional. The seemingly piecemeal progression toward the legalization of marijuana in Oregon and other states has been well-planned and orchestrated, and could not be described as either … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Marijuana | 27 Comments

Will Washington State drugged driving fatalities trigger fed intervention?

by NW Spotlight Data released recently from the Washington State Traffic Safety Commission showed that “Fatal crashes involving marijuana doubled in Washington after legalization.” The Oregonian reported “The number of drivers involved in fatal crashes who tested positive for active … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Marijuana | 8 Comments

Marijuana in Oregon is only MOSTLY legal

by Dan Lucas In the brilliant 1987 movie The Princess Bride, Billy Crystal’s character Miracle Max tells some people asking for his help “your friend here is only MOSTLY dead.” The Oregon Liquor Control Commission was in the news recently … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Marijuana | 16 Comments

Legislative update on marijuana: tracking and local control

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this update I will call it … Continue reading

Posted by at 06:12 | Posted in Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session | 22 Comments

June 1st Public Debate: Do Citizens in a Free Society Have a Right to Privacy in Charitable Giving?

By Steve Buckstein Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Marijuana, Marriage, Oregon Government, State Government, Transparency | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The complexities and risks of Oregon’s marijuana legalization

by Dan Lucas Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998 with Ballot Measure 67, and last year Oregon legalized the recreational use of marijuana with Measure 91 – which will take effect July 1, 2015. Even though marijuana use will be … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session | 6 Comments

Oregon bills on ivory, pot and attacking religious freedoms

With one-party rule in Oregon, we are seeing more loss of freedoms every week by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) At this point in the Session I thought I would show the track of three bills and the way they have … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:11 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session, Religious Liberty | 18 Comments

SB 941 closes marijuana-user gun purchase loophole

by NW Spotlight Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) & Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland) are pushing a bill that will close a loophole for Oregon marijuana users looking to buy firearms. The bill, SB 941, will expand background checks required for most … Continue reading

Posted by at 12:57 | Posted in Gun Control, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 10 Comments

Up to 75% of Oregon medical marijuana goes to black market

by NW Spotlight Jeff Mapes at the Oregonian wrote an article on Friday that reported the chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission estimates “as much as 75 percent of the medical marijuana in the state winds up going to … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:30 | Posted in Federal Government, Marijuana | 29 Comments

Will legal marijuana accelerate global warming?

by NW Spotlight “a single Cannabis cigarette [grown indoors] represents about 10 pounds of CO2 emissions, an amount equal to running a 100-watt light bulb for 75 hours” Oregon RPS & Global Warming Commission In Oregon, “the 2007 Legislature created … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Global Warming, Marijuana, OR 78th Legislative Session | 379 Comments

Oregon’s transition from medical to recreational marijuana

by Rep. Mike Nearman How’s that going to work out for us? It’s been 16 years since Oregonians passed Measure 67 and legalized medical marijuana. How’s that working out for us? I don’t dispute that marijuana may possibly have some … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Marijuana, Oregon Government | 16 Comments

Concerns with Oregon marijuana-related investments

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Despite the recent passage of Measure 91 in Oregon’s November general election, state laws allowing the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana are in direct conflict with the Controlled Substances Act that was enacted by Congress … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:29 | Posted in Congress, Federal Government, Marijuana, State Government | 278 Comments

Recreational marijuana: What’s ahead for Oregon?

Rep. Dennis Richardson On November 4, 2014, Oregonians approved recreational marijuana by a 56.10% to 43.90% majority. Ballot Measure 91 “allows possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, taxation.” Since the Federal Department of Justice … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:53 | Posted in Marijuana, Oregon Government | 395 Comments

Vote NO on Measure 91

by NW Spotlight The libertarian Cascade Policy Institute is advocating a yes vote on Measure 91 to legalize marijuana in Oregon, a position they publicized back in September – but these conservative groups and individuals on Oregon Catalyst are advocating … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:52 | Posted in 2014 Election, Marijuana | 590 Comments

Conservatives should oppose the drug war

Cascade Policy Institute urges a Yes vote on Measure 91 this November to decriminalize marijuana. While Oregon’s marijuana laws aren’t the strictest, and medical marijuana is legal here, possession of even small amounts of recreational marijuana is deemed a misdemeanor … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:03 | Posted in Marijuana | Tagged , , , | 50 Comments

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