Tag Archives: Marijuana

Fight Sessions’ pot policy, but don’t skip other issues | Editorials

Threatening moves by Attorney General Jeff Sessions against states that legalized marijuana are ill-informed, destructive and a distraction from far more important issues. Sessions last week rescinded two Obama-era U.S. Department of Justice memos that had established a fairly hands-off approach to legalized medical and recreational marijuana. Source: Fight Sessions’ pot policy, but don’t skip […]
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Oregon’s U.S. attorney calls for summit on cannabis

Federal prosecutor has “significant concerns about the state’s current regulatory framework.”” U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said he has “significant concerns about the state’s current regulatory framework and the resources allocated to policing marijuana in Oregon,” and called for a summit to gather more information and determine next steps. Source: Oregon’s U.S. attorney calls for summit on […]
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer blasts Oregon U.S. Attorney on pot stance

Blumenauer blasts Oregon U.S. Attorney on pot stance. Oregon’s leading marijuana advocate in Congress took exception to a Friday opinion piece penned by the U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon. “Billy Williams is wrong about where Congress stands on this issue,” U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon, a member of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus and longtime […]
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1 in 5 pot shops sold to underage buyers

Nearly 20 percent of state-licensed marijuana retailers in a recent undercover operation sold pot to underage buyers, according to Oregon authorities. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission told The Oregonian/­OregonLive that 16 of 86 shops sold marijuana to people younger than 21 during the December decoy visits. Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director Steve Marks says […]
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U.S. Attorney: A call for transparency and action on marijuana (Guest opinion) 

Earlier this month, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memorandum rescinding existing Justice Department guidance on marijuana enforcement. The move gives U.S. Attorneys wide latitude to develop district-specific strategies and deploy department resources without Washington, D.C. artificially declaring some cases off limits. Before developing a strategy for Oregon, however, we need more information from the state. Source: U.S. […]
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Deschutes County tackles water use for pot farms; County meets with water users, managers to discuss possible rule changes

The Deschutes County Commission is moving forward on its plan to revisit its marijuana rules, starting with one of the thorniest aspects of the controversial crop. Source: Deschutes County tackles water use for pot farms; County meets with water users, managers to discuss possible rule changes

Four pot stores cited for selling to minors

Four marijuana retailers in Jackson County, including two in Medford, flunked this area’s first-ever Oregon Liquor Control Commission cannabis sting operation last month when they were caught selling pot to minors. Source: Four pot stores cited for selling to minors

Prohibition and state pot laws

You might have thought federal officials would have learned something from the spectacular failure called Prohibition. America’s 13-year ban on alcohol ended 85 years ago, to be sure. But there are plenty of historic books with the relevant details. Source: Prohibition and state pot laws;

Trump administration actions re-ignite states rights’ debate (explainer)

A look at some current and recent battles involving states’ rights arguments. Lawmakers and others in Democratic-leaning states have been howling over the past year about actions by the Trump administration and congressional Republicans that they say have undermined states’ rights. That includes promoting concealed carry legislation and attacking sanctuary status for immigrants to this […]
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Oregon responds to end of Obama-era pot policy

 In a memorandum released Thursday afternoon, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed all U.S. Attorneys to disregard Obama-era marijuana policies and return to the rule of law enacted by congress in 1970. In his memo Sessions said, “Prosecutors should follow the well-established principles that govern all federal prosecutors. These principles require federal prosecutors deciding which […]
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