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Mayor Sam Adams' Delay Prompts Multnomah County Sheriff to Close the File on River Patrol Plan (Updated With Adams' Response)


After waiting more than three months to hear back from Mayor Sam Adams about Adams' own plan to have Portland take over river-patrol duties, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton on Tuesday sent Adams a stinging letter calling the matter "closed.""Unfortunately, even after numerous attempts by my staff to contact your office over the last three months, we have been unable to further the inquiry or c...   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Hotseat: Erin DeRamus

A local activist takes on Israel’s Gaza blockade.

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Nine civilians died last year when Israeli special forces boarded ships trying to run an Israeli naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. When 10 ships try to run the blockade again later this month, South   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Medical-Marijuana Activists Up in Arms Over the Proposed Doubling of Fees

Medical Marijuana

Several lawmakers this legislative session have alleged that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program is being abused. They point to the number of registered patients—39,774 and counting—and have proposed more than 20 bills aimed at reining in the program.
But despite complaints about alleged abuse, the proposed budget for the Oregon Health Authority shows that some lawmakers also see the prog...   More
Friday, June 17, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Washington County Sheriff's Office Confirms "First" Raid on Medical Marijuana Club

Marijuana Pot Cannabis Leaf

The Washington County Sheriff's Office has confirmed the news—first reported by WW—that narcotics officers on Wednesday raided a medical-marijuana club in Aloha.A    More
Thursday, June 16, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Washington County Deputies Raid Medical Marijuana Club in Aloha


The Washington County Sheriff's Office today raided a medical-marijuana club in Aloha—the first such action since U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton warned earlier this month that establishments selling cannabis "will not be tolerated" ...   More
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

US Attorney Dwight Holton Cites Death Threat Over Medical Marijuana Letter


U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton tells WW his office received a string of critical calls and one death threat last week after he put out a strongly worded warning to Oregon medical-marijuana dispensaries.

Immediatel...   More
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Pulitzer-Winning Reporter Julie Sullivan Leaving The Oregonian for a County PR Job

Julie Sullivan

 The Oregonian is losing one of its most respected reporters, and in the daily’s newsroom, the loss is a shocker: Julie Sullivan, a Pulitzer-winning journalist, has told editors she’s leaving to work for Multnomah County as a public-affairs spokesperson. Sullivan declined to comment to WW about her plans.
Sources say Sullivan accepted an offer to fill an advertised vacancy for a seni...   More
Thursday, June 2, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Global Panel Declares the War on Drugs a Failure


Following up on this week's story about law enforcement concerns over Oregon medical marijuana clubs, we note this breaking news: A high-level panel today issued a report calling the US-led war on drugs a total failure.The    More
Thursday, June 2, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN

Budding Conflicts

An Amsterdam-style pot bar is the latest controversy in Oregon’s marijuana world.

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For Mario Mamone, the dream of opening a marijuana cafe started 10 years ago on his first trip to Amsterdam, where he visited famous hash bars like Green House   More
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Senator: Providence and Other Health Insurers Are Killing Bills to Help Consumers (Updated With Comment From Providence)


 State Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland) is raising the alarm that his bills to bring greater oversight to health-insurance rate increases are in danger of dying in the Joint Ways and Means Committee."They're on life support," Shields...   More
Friday, May 27, 2011 by JAMES PITKIN
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