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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Plans to Spend $440,000 on a Weed Permitting Program


The city of Portland's weed bureaucracy is starting to take shape—and the dope bills are piling up.

When Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, Portland officials spent $65,800 to hire the city'...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Rep. Lew Frederick Proposes Bill to Reduce Sentences for People in Jail for Marijuana Crimes

His bill would also allow people convicted of non-violent weed crimes to expunge their records.


With pot legalized in Oregon, state Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) says people jailed for non-violent weed crimes should no longer be kept behind bars.

Frederick is sponsoring a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would reduce sentences for people sent to prison before July 1, 2015, for marijuana-related activities—like selling, growing and transporting—that...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AARON MESH

Headquarters Hotel Opponent: Portland Isn't Getting the NBA All-Star Game, Hyatt or No Hyatt


A lawyer fighting the public financing of a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center says the project won't make a difference in the Trail Blazers' bid for the NBA All-Star Game.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by AARON MESH

Testing Trainwreck

Four labs return very different potency results from the same marijuana batch.

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Customers at Nectar Cannabis use several methods to choose the weed that’s right for them.  Some trust the budtenders at the medical marijuana dispensary on Northeast Sandy Boulevard to   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 AARON MESH

Scenes from CannaCon, the Nation's Largest Weed Trade Show

Here's the "green rush" descending on Oregon

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If you want a preview of how big the economic boom of legal weed is going to get in Oregon, look no further than a federally owned cruise-ship dock in Seattle.

That was the site of last weekend's CannaCon, a trade show that bills itself as the nation's biggest expo for marijuana businesses. More than 150 ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 by AARON MESH

VIDEO: Will Uber Share Its Rider and Driver Data with Portland City Hall?


With less than two months until the clock strikes midnight on Mayor Charlie Hales' deal with ride-app company Uber, Portland city officials still have lots of questions unanswered.

One of the biggest: What data will Uber give City Hall on its riders and drivers?

Hales cut a ...   More
Friday, February 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Sewer Office Building Investigation Says City Bureaus Should Report When Projects Get Bigger


An outside investigation of a $11.5 million office building for sewer workers that tripled in cost recommends Portland city bureaus provide elected officials with detailed reports when the scope of a construction project changes.

City Commissioner Nick Fish aske...   More
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by AARON MESH

Convention Center Hotel Lawsuits Could Block Portland Trail Blazers' Bid to Host NBA All-Star Game, Metro Warns

"We are in danger of missing that window" for 2018 game, says Metro President Tom Hughes


The Portland Trail Blazers want to host the NBA All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told the media Feb. 14 that Portland’s bid hinges on the city gaining more hotel rooms.

That could be a problem.
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by AARON MESH

Independent Board Says Water Bureau Properly Handled Its Rainy-Day Fund

City Commissioner Nick Fish pledges annual review of funds.


Last fall, WW reported how the Portland Water Bureau sat on a reserve fund that grew to $32 million over the past five years, even though Water Bureau sales to customers were in decline. In response, City Commissioner Nick Fish called for an outside review of t...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Is Building a Re-election War Chest With $21,000 in New Donations


Mayor Charlie Hales hasn’t officially announced he’s seeking a second term in 2016—but his campaign war chest says he's made his decision. Hales has raised $21,000 in the past two months, collecting campaign donations from pillars of the city’s power structure—especially real estate developers. The mayor’s new batch of political contributions includes $5,000 from Pe...   More
Monday, February 16, 2015 by AARON MESH

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