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Lawsuit Says OLCC Improperly Awarded a $1.7 Million Contract to Track Legal Weed


A Florida software company says the state’s marijuana overlords improperly awarded a $1.7 million contract to follow the flow of legal pot from farm to bong.
The company, BioTrackTHC, wants to provide the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with a seed-to-sale tracking system to prevent recreational weed from leaking onto the black market.
BioTrackTHC finished second in...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 by AARON MESH

Grow Up, Portland

Why the Apartment Buildings You Hate Are Good For the City.

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They pop up seemingly overnight, multiplying faster than food carts on every street corner in the city.Just a whisper of them transforms normally mild-mannered Portlanders into fire-breathing Trotskyi   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 AARON MESH

The 5 Myths About Portland Apartments

The accusations ring out in bars. The gripes spill onto Internet comment threads. And the complaints echo like angry yodels down the newly built canyons of Southeast Division Street and North    More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to Feds: Help Weed Growers Get Bank Accounts


Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking the U.S. Treasury to help weed growers get bank accounts.

Wheeler is sending a letter today to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, asking the feds to assure banks that they will not face legal risk if they offer checking accounts to marijuana growers, processors and retailers.

"I am concerned by the lack of access to b...   More
Monday, June 8, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Could Start Collecting Pot Taxes by October

...Which increases the chance all adults will be able to buy pot this summer.


Oregon lawmakers are hashing out the details of a plan to let medical marijuana dispensaries sell pot to all adults starting this summer or fall.

That idea, spearheaded by Sen. Ted Ferrioli ...   More
Thursday, June 4, 2015 by AARON MESH

State Officials Spend $350,000 on Marijuana Media Blitz

The PR campaign is called "What's Legal?"


Maybe you’ve heard: Recreational weed is legal in Oregon starting July 1. But state officials are spending $350,000—the cost of about 120 pounds of pot in the Portland market—to make sure you don’t screw it up.

That’s what the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is spending to hire Portland public-relations firm Metropolitan Group to launch a media...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by AARON MESH

OLCC Will Get Pot Cops—But With Limited Power


Here come the pot cops.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is poised to get a team of law-enforcement officers to oversee recreational marijuana. But the powers of the weed police will be restricted from what the agency initially requested.
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Monday, June 1, 2015 by AARON MESH

Wolf Tracks

An environmental group goes to court to see the forest service’s plans to protect Oregon wolves.

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Nick Cady is thrilled to see the return of gray wolves to Oregon’s Cascade Range. He celebrated when the wolf dubbed OR-7 was spotted south of Crater Lake in 2011, more than 60 years after hun   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 AARON MESH

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Portland Strip Club Owners for Running Prostitution and Money-Laundering Ring

Recent WW stories have detailed the allegations.


A federal grand jury concluded a five-year waiting game Wednesday by indicting two alleged leaders of a prostitution and money-laundering ring that operated out of six strip clubs in the Portland area.

The grand jury charged Lawrence Owen and Gary Bryant of running the Milwaukie-based prostitution and money-laundering ring from the Landing Strip, Dilli...   More
Thursday, May 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

After $18,000 Bill, NW Examiner Still Trying to Get Oregon Zoo's Elephant Records


Elephant-rights activists are getting under the not-so-thick hides of Oregon Zoo officials.

Last summer, regional government Metro, which runs the zoo, quoted The Northwest Examiner an $18,000 bill for public records the community newspaper requested on the zoo’s    More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

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