marijuana

Tiffany Eckert

A person caught drinking and driving can face jail time and the loss of license. But what about cannabis? Since Oregon legalized recreational pot in 2015, police have had to figure out how to determine impairment by the drug. In Eugene, it comes down to a cop’s trained perception.

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Oregon has more cannabis than it can sell, and that’s causing prices to plummet. That from an industry firm tracking cannabis trends. KLCC’s Brian Bull reports.

City of Eugene

The Eugene City Council may require 1-thousand foot buffer zones between marijuana retailers. The council voted 6 to 2 Wednesday to draft an ordinance.

Recorded On: January 12, 2018

Air Date: January 15, 2018

Most segments of the Lane County commercial and industrial real estate market are doing well, but prices and rent are rising. One new industry - cannabis related businesses - is having a disproportional impact on the market and availability.

Recorded On: January 12, 2018

Air Date: January 15, 2018

Most segments of the Lane County commercial and industrial real estate market are doing well, but prices and rent are rising. One new industry - cannabis related businesses - is having a disproportional impact on the market and availability.

Rachael McDonald

Based on recent data, Eugene has the highest per capita number of approved licenses for marijuana dispensaries in the state. At their work session Wednesday City Councilors were unwilling to place a 1,000-foot buffer zone between shops.  


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A new study by Oregon State University finds an increase in marijuana use in college students since pot was legalized 2 years ago.

Recorded on: February 10, 2017

Air Date: February 13, 2017

Speakers:

  • Cam McNeeley, Owner of Moss Crossing, a local dispensary
  • Lieutenant Jennifer Bills, Eugene Police Department

Coordinator:  James Baldock

It’s been almost a year and a half since recreational pot became available in Lane County. What’s it’s like running a dispensary in the area? What legal hurdles and challenges does someone in the Marijuana industry face? And how has legalization affected our community from a law enforcement perspective.

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Creswell voters have some important decisions to make concerning public safety and marijuana. If passed, a property tax levy would provide 24-hour police services, something the city currently lacks. Voters will also have the option of reversing the City-imposed ban on marijuana businesses. KLCC’s Kyra Buckley dropped in to learn about those ballot measures and more.

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As legalization of marijuana has spread, so have fears of large corporate ownership of the emerging cannabis industry. The sponsors of legalization initiatives have sought to prevent “Big Marijuana” from getting monopoly control and driving out small growers.

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As of Thursday June 2nd Oregonians can legally purchase marijuana edibles. They will be available to recreational pot users 21 and older in marijuana dispensaries across the state.

Karen Richards

An evolving new industry in Oregon is having—and causing-- growing pains. Until recently, many commercial and industrial spaces in Eugene and Springfield were vacant and property owners were bleeding money. Now, in large part because of the cannabis industry, warehouse space is hard to find.

A 16-thousand square foot industrial building in west Eugene has been under contract for sale to a marijuana grower for more than six months. There's a carpeted suite of offices up front.

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and behind that:

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Marijuana Listening Tour Continues In Benton County

Mar 7, 2016
Rachael McDonald

Marijuana cultivation and distribution zoning laws aren't perfect in Benton County. Officials are in the middle of a listening tour in hopes of being able to craft changes that benefit businesses and residents. Recently passed legislation puts non-profit medical grow sites at odds with selling to recreational dispensaries. Benton County Assistant Planner Linsey Godwin says in addition to zoning, residents have issues with terminology.

Benton County to Limit Commercial Pot Growing Areas

Nov 4, 2015
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As the state crafts laws around legal marijuana growing, Benton County is trying to restrict where it will be grown. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved land use code amendments concerning commercial marijuana.

Albany Bans Recreational Pot Sales

Sep 25, 2015
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Oregon voters approved recreational marijuana last fall, but not every city is ready for pot sales to begin on October 1st. The City of Albany decided to temporarily halt recreational sales at medical dispensaries.

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Residents of Junction City will get to vote on whether to allow the sale of marijuana in their town. The Junction City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to put the issue to voters in November 2016.

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A number of states have legalized medical and recreational marijuana, but it remains illegal in the eyes – and the laws – of the federal government. Senators from Oregon and Colorado say it's nearly impossible for marijuana businesses to access banks, which follow federal regulations. New legislation aims to ease the banking restrictions.

Greenhill Humane Society Says Pets And Pot Don't Mix

Jul 7, 2015
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Recreational marijuana became legal on July 1. Greenhill Humane Society is reminding pet owners not to use pot around their animals because of potential health risks. 

Marijuana smoke and edibles are dangerous to pets. Greenhill Executive Director Cary Lieberman says people need to be aware of marijuana plants and second hand smoke around pets.

Lieberman: “Plants definitely should be kept out of range of dogs and cats that can jump up on counters. And foods containing marijuana or the marijuana itself should be stored in containers that are secure and pet proof.”

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In 1998 Oregon voters approved a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana. Today nearly half the states have passed similar laws. Another fifteen allow the limited use of cannabis to treat conditions like epilepsy.

Oregon is the only place in the nation that lets out-of-state residents get a medical marijuana card here. For one Texas family, it gave them a chance to try a new cannabis treatment for their baby. She suffers from a rare brain disorder and seizures.

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Marijuana becomes legal to use in Oregon July 1st. Eugene police say they'll treat the drug much like they do alcohol.

Measure 91 was approved by voters last year. It legalizes recreational marijuana. As of July 1st it will be legal for people over 21 to possess up to one ounce of weed. People can consume it in private but they cannot yet legally buy or sell pot.

Bills: "There is a gap there that we all recognize including the state legislature and OLCC and I know there's been discussions in Salem about how to bridge that gap."

Cannabis Industry Flexes Its New Political Muscle

Jun 25, 2015
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As the marijuana industry grows around the county, its political clout is growing, too. For members of Congress who are constantly fundraising, the industry offers new, high yield donors. But it also raises questions about the money’s source and what those donors expect in return.

It was a classic political fundraiser -- semi-formal, with chicken, potatoes and salad on the menu.

Three hundred plus donors sipped gin cocktails and Oregon pinots at the Left Bank Annex on Portland's East Side earlier this month.

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California is four years into a historic drought, and water for human use is vying with the water needs of wildlife, such as threatened salmon.

In parts of northern California, an explosive and unregulated increase in marijuana cultivation is contributing to the problem. Now, a study says the impact of pot grows on fish-bearing streams is threatening their survival.

Researchers monitoring water levels in streams in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties last summer say the water impacts of cannabis grow operations are dramatic.

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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is on tour to gather input on how to license and regulate recreational marijuana in the state. Their next stop is in Eugene this week.

Measure 91, the recreational marijuana law passed by voters last November, directs the OLCC to regulate pot by 2016. OLCC Chair Rob Patridge says both industry and local government panels are fairly unified about their concern for edible wrapping.

OLCC Looking To Oregonians On How To Regulate Pot

Jan 12, 2015
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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be in charge of managing the State's upcoming recreational marijuana market. The agency is seeking input on how the law should work.

OLCC Commissioners and staff will be traveling across Oregon later this month asking local communities about how they want to see pot regulated. About 10 thousand people have already commented through an online survey. Some of the issues include advertising restrictions and accessibility to the product. Karynn Fish is a spokeswoman for the OLCC.

Voices From Cannabis Country: Part 2

Dec 30, 2014
John Rosman / OPB

Last month, Oregonians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Today, we bring you two more voices from residents of southwest Oregon talking about cannabis in their community.

First, we’ll hear from Jennifer Phillippi. She’s the owner of the last remaining sawmill in Josephine County.

Next is Richard Davis, known locally as Pa Butt. He’s a longtime medical marijuana grower. Davis spoke to us at his grow operation, where a deer he’s named Sugar Bob often joins him as he works.

Voices From Cannabis Country: Part 1

Dec 30, 2014
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Last month, Oregonians voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Today and tomorrow, we bring you voices from southern Oregon, where pot is already an important part of the culture and economy.
Chelsea Rose is an archeologist in Jacksonville. Rose is fascinated by the oral history of pot and the grow sites she finds by accident. OPB joined her and local cat on a hike to an old grow site in the Applegate valley.

The Economic Impact Of Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Dec 19, 2014

Oregon is preparing for the economic impact of legal recreational marijuana, following the passing of Measure 91 by voters. KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle interviews Troy Dayton, CEO of a research group who publishes economic projections for business owners and entrepreneurs.

OSU Policy Prohibits Marijuana Growing Advice

Dec 4, 2014
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Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last month allowing home cultivation starting next summer. Master Gardener volunteers with Oregon State University have been reminded that they are not allowed to provide marijuana growing advice.

Master Gardeners with the OSU Extension offer home horticultural advice in Linn, Lane and Benton counties. Assistant professor of community horticulture Brooke Edmunds says volunteers are required to follow the university’s policies.

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Oregon’s Measure 91 – which legalized recreational use of marijuana – passed with a healthy 56 percent of the vote this month. Now, local officials are urging the state legislature to make changes they say will lessen the new law’s impact and preserve their authority to make local decisions.

Meeting Date: Friday, November 21st

Air Date: Monday, November 24th

Guest speakers: Floyd Prozanski, Oregon State Senator; Casey Houlihan, Local Entrepreneur; and a representative of Lane County Public Health
Program Coordinator: Marty Wilde

Now that the voters have passed Measure 91, Oregonians over 21 will be able to smoke marijuana beginning the first of July next year. Now details of the rules and systems have to be worked out.

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