Analog Cafe Claims OLCC Told Them to Stop Marijuana Monday

Marijuana Monday will proceed as planned tonight. The OLCC says that's OK.


Analog Cafe owner Donny Rife says OLCC inspector Theresa Parker walked into their club this weekend and told them to stop giving away free weed every Monday."She said, 'You can't do that, that's against the law—against policy," says Rife.As we previously reported, the Analog holds Marijuana Mondays each week with cannabis raffles and giveaways by licensed dispensaries. Under Oregon law, it is legal ...   More
Monday, August 3, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

OLCC Wants to Sign a Disputed $1.7 Million Contract to Track Legal Weed


Oregon’s legal-weed overlords are trying to move forward with a disputed $1.7 million state pot contract. In May, Florida software company BioTrackTHC sued the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, claiming state regulators might have rigged the awarding of the contract for a computer system to track marijuana from farm to joint. Now the OLCC has asked a Marion County judge to let it immediately ...   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 AARON MESH

Legion of Doom: OLCC Says Shuttered Loyal Legion Didn't Apply for License in Time

Updated with Kurt Huffman response.


Food & Drink
Loyal Legion, Kurt Huffman's new 99-tap beer bar in the former PPAA building, had an opening weekend most bars can only dream of.There was a line down the block Friday night outside, even before it opened for business. Last night, once you got in, you couldn't even find a seat at the bar. But don't expect to go there tonight. Huffman's all-Oregon-beer bar has closed, effective immediately, ...   More
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 LIZZY ACKER

Loyal Legion Reopening Tomorrow, July 17

The 99-tap bar opened last week, then closed this week. It'll open again.


Food & Drink
Well that didn't take long. Loyal Legion, Kurt Huffman's 99-tap Oregon beer bar in the Central Eastside at 705 SE 6th St., will be back open for business tomorrow, July 17.The bar opened July 10 to much fanfare and a line stretching around the block. On one of the longest bars in Portland, you couldn't even find a seat.But as of Tuesday, July 14, it had already closed—because it didn't ...   More
Thursday, July 16, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Weed War II

Legal pot is sparking new battles in unlikely places.

Justice? Sure. But no peace. Oregon’s long war against pot prohibition ends today. Voters legalized marijuana last November by voting for Measure 91, but we’re just starting the skirmishes over    More
Wednesday, July 1, 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

Memo: New Weed Czar

Willie Weed
We hate to say it, but Oregon’s pot overlords don’t know shatter from shinola. Oregon Liquor Control Commission executives know their liquor, sure, as brave police officers pulling over cars   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 ROBERTO JAMÓN

Seattle Weed Empire Adds $75 Million As It Eyes Oregon


The biggest out-of-state weed company eying an investment in Oregon marijuana just announced how much green it has to spend. Privateer Holdings, the Seattle-based equity firm investing in marijuana worldwide, declared April 6 it has closed a $75 million funding round. The investment, led by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, brings the the company's funding to $82 million. That's the kind of money usually ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 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

Oregon Pot Czar Tom Burns Fired Three Months into Job


Oregon Liquor Control Commission executive director Steven Marks today fired the agency's recreational marijuana director, Tom Burns.Burns, who oversaw the creation of the state's medical marijuana program, was hired by the OLCC in December as the state's recreational pot czar. The OLCC is tasked with setting the rules for recreational weed growers and stores. Burns' medical-weed work made him one ...   More
Thursday, March 26, 2015 AARON MESH


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