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Oregon State Police Want $5 Million for Pot Enforcement


Legal weed, schmegal weed: Oregon cops still want more money to go after marijuana crimes.

The Oregon State Police have recently asked state lawmakers for a $3.9 million budget increase for 2015-17 to pay for 11 full-...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 by AARON MESH

Sam Quinones, Dreamland: Book Review

A nation nods off.

In March of 2013, WW ran a cover story titled “Who Wants to Save a Junkie?” It described a drug, Narcan, that could snap users out of heroin overdoses. By then, American OD deaths from opi   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Fierce Little Scratches

How Mexican heroin dealers and Russian addicts collided in Portland: An excerpt from Sam Quinones’ new heroin saga, Dreamland.

Cover Story
The two worlds couldn’t be more different. The young men of Xalisco toil in the sugarcane fields outside of town, nestled in the hills of southwestern Mexico. They dream of making enough m   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Brendan Kennedy

The founder of legal weed’s biggest investor, Privateer Holdings, wants the door to Oregon kept open.

Brendan Kennedy has $82 million to spend on weed. He wants to make sure he can blow some cash in Oregon. Kennedy is a Silicon Valley veteran who launched a tech firm and ran a company to acquire   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH, NIGEL JAQUISS

OLCC Asks Lawmakers for $10.5 Million to Launch Legal Pot


How much does it cost to get some legal pot in Oregon? The latest estimate is $10.5 million.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the agency assigned the creation and regulation of a legal recreational marijuana system, took the unusual step today of publicly releasing its latest re...   More
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland City Council Legalizes Uber and Lyft


Uber is legal in Portland.

Five months after the San Francisco ride-hailing company started running cars in defiance of City Hall, Portland's elected officials legalized Uber and its top competitor, Lyft. Tonight's vote will allow the companies to begin operations as soon as this week.

Over the jeers and boos of taxi drivers, the City Council voted 3-2 to    More
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 by AARON MESH

Ride or Die: Six Things You Need to Know About Tuesday's Pivotal Vote on Uber


Uber is back, baby. Lyft is almost legal. Portland's cab companies are wild with rage.

And everything hinges on a City Council vote Tuesday night.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick ended three months of waffling with a bold play    More
Monday, April 20, 2015 by AARON MESH

Police Protesters Starting an Activist Nonprofit, Oregon Know Your Rights


The protest group that jammed Portland streets last year to decry police violence against unarmed black men has made little progress in City Hall.

As WW r...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 by AARON MESH

OHSU Hit With $1.5 Million Federal Tax Lien


Happy tax day. Whatever damage you face filing your return, take comfort: It's probably smaller than the bill facing Oregon Health & Science University.

It’s unusual to hear about an unpaid $1.5 million tax bill with any organization—let alone Oregon’s medical school and research hospital.

But on March 2, the Internal Revenue Service filed a lien for t...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 by AARON MESH

Déjà Blue

Protesters of police violence march away from City Hall empty-handed.

City Hall
The protest group that shut down Portland during the holiday season to condemn police killings of unarmed black men is back on the streets.  This time, Don’t Shoot Portland protested    More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 AARON MESH

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