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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

The Oregonian Lays Off Key Veteran Staffers


The Oregonian is laying off some of its newsroom veterans in what is both a cost-cutting move and a continued reshaping of the newsroom under the paper's new editor, Mark Katches.

These layoffs are the first conducted under Katches, who joined The Oregonian in July. They do not appear to be nearly as widespread as    More
Monday, April 13, 2015 by AARON MESH

Measure 91 Backers Join Bus Project in Campaign to Expunge Weed Convictions


The effort by Rep. Lew Frederick (D-Portland) to let Oregonians expunge marijuana convictions from their criminal records is gaining allies.

Backers of Measure 91, which voters passed to legalize recreational weed last November, have joined forces with the Bus Project, Portland's get-out-the vote nonprofit, to back Frederick's bill with a campaign called   More
Thursday, April 9, 2015 by AARON MESH

Ganja Police

The OLCC may have reached too far in seeking to create a new class of police: Pot Cops.

Just when you thought it was safe to smoke marijuana in Oregon, along comes a new breed of law enforcement officer: the pot cop. The pot cop can bust retailers for selling buds to people under 2   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Burns Notice

How the firing of Oregon’s pot czar exposed the OLCC’s secret talks to end medical weed as we know it.

On a sunny Thursday last month, Rob Patridge, the man who will soon be Oregon’s top regulator of legal weed, and Anthony Johnson, the person who gave him that power, met over iced tea at Russe   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 AARON MESH

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