Testing Flower Power

New state rules haven’t settled the debate over the testing of legal pot for safety and how fast it will get you high.

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Jesse Peters understands why the state of Oregon wants testing of the shiskaberry buds he grows on his Wilsonville marijuana ranch. Peters, president of Eco Firma Farms, knows that sending s   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Health Authority To Cover Hormones, Surgery for Transgender People


The Oregon Health Plan in January will begin covering the costs of hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for transgender Oregonians who are covered under Medicaid, the state's Health Evidence Review Commission voted today.  "I’m really happy for everyone in the community," says Rebekah Brewis, a Portland woman who castrated herself in prison after the state ...   More
Thursday, August 14, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregon Drops Proposed Ban on Treats Laced With Marijuana


The Oregon Health Authority had threatened to be a buzzkill when it came to medical marijuana dispensaries selling candies, cakes and cookies and other munchies seasoned with pot. But according to the Associated Press, the agency has backed off that proposal, instead focusing a ban on any products that might entice minors.As the AP reports:That means nothing brightly colored or formed in the shape ...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 KATE WILLSON

State Data Raise Questions About Fluoride's Impact, KATU Reports

In the growing debate about fluoridating Portland's drinking water, one news agency has dug out data the state of Oregon didn't want to release, and the reporting raises questions about the overall effectiveness of adding fluoride in Portland.KATU Channel 2 pressed the state Oregon Health Authority for weeks to release data from its 2012 Smile Survey, a review of dental health involving thousands of ...   More
Monday, April 29, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

A Recipe For Safer Eating

Lawmakers want government-run restaurants to undergo health inspections.

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Two Portland legislators say they want to close the loophole in state law that allows government-run restaurants to escape health inspections. The proposal comes after 135 people got sick from e   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 ERIN FENNER

State Tells Restaurant Workers No Gloves Required

hand vs glove

The gloves are off, and they can stay that way. The Oregon Health Authority says that new code requiring food handlers to wear gloves while touching food isn't going to be enacted after all. The requirement was supposed to go into effect July 1. Restaurant owners fought the requirement because of cost and creating too much plastic waste. They also argued that mandating glove use would discourage hand ...   More
Friday, July 13, 2012 KATY SWORD

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 program as ...   More
Friday, June 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN


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