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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Changing laws means more fences

Written October 22nd, 2018 by Hasso Hering

On one of my occasional bike rides outside of Jacksonville in Southern Oregon, I was struck by the proliferation of fences around what you’d think would be agricultural sites.

Rift averted; pot ban passes

Written December 7th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany is banning recreational marijuana sales after all, for a year anyway. And Councilman Bill Coburn Monday rescued fellow Councilor Ray Kopczynski from causing what might have been lingering bitterness on the council over how the marijuana issue fared.

Councilor vows to block pot sales ban

Written December 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The evergreen Christmas garland on the dais notwithstanding, the Albany City Council got into a sharp disagreement Wednesday over Councilman Ray Kopczynski’s announced intention to block a ban on retail sales and other commercial activity involving marijuana.

Albany’s marijuana marathon goes on

Written November 2nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Like it or not, marijuana regulation will remain on Albany’s agenda for public discussion for another year thanks to a 4-3 vote the city council took Monday night. Mayor Sharon Konopa broke a 3-3 council tie and voted in favor of banning recreational marijuana facilities including retail shops in the city.

Opposites on grass as well

Written October 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Once again we see the contrast between Linn and Benton counties, this time in the official attitude toward marijuana regulation. Linn County is about to make use of the option it has under state law to ban commerce in weed. Benton County is doing the opposite, preparing to amend its land use code to make […]

Pot: Council to get list of options

Written October 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Rather than tumble from one marijuana discussion into the next, as it has been doing, the Albany City Council has decided to get organized on the issue. The council Wednesday agreed with a suggestion by City Attorney Jim Delapoer and Assistant City Attorney Sean Kidd.

Albany council: More talk about pot

Written October 12th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council keeps talking about additional local restrictions it could put on the marijuana trade, but almost everyone else seems to have moved on. Only a handful of people were in the audience Monday for the council’s work session, moved from a smaller room to the regular council chambers in apparent anticipation of […]

Pro-pot talk falls on deaf ears

Written September 24th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If you thought you would be able to legally buy some recreational marijuana in Albany starting Oct. 1, forget it. State law would allow it, but four members of the city council Wednesday said no way.

Albany: No recreational sales at medical pot dispensaries

Written September 9th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon can sell limited amounts of recreational weed starting Oct. 1, but probably not in Albany. The city council voted 4-2 Wednesday night in favor of prohibiting medical dispensaries from selling recreational pot.

A patchwork of pot laws likely

Written September 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It’s becoming apparent that Oregon will end up with a patchwork of local marijuana laws, thanks to the 2015 legislature, and one likely effect is more driving around by users looking to legally buy recreational weed.

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