A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.

Lawmakers labor over weed; why?

Written May 15th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Nobody asked them, but Oregon legislators nevertheless want to change the law on marijuana. Mainly they want to construct an elaborate system of regulation and control. Apparently that would be on top of the regulations and tax system Measure 91 obliges the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to set up.

Pot issue still occupies mayor, council

Written May 11th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany Mayor Sharon Konopa is determined to keep marijuana shops — medical and otherwise — at least 300 feet from residential zones, and she seems to be counting on three council members to help her do that. What’s hard to see is how this matters much when starting July 1, all adults in Oregon will be entitled to […]

Albany pot debate: Another round?

Written April 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany may be in for yet another council debate about where to allow marijuana stores. It’s coming up partly because Canna Kitchen and Research LLC, which turns medical marijuana into various non-smoking preparations including ointments, would like to move from Ferry Street to an address where it is now prohibited.

Legal pot: You’ll have to wait

Written November 5th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

So, based on the approval of Ballot Measure 92, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, right? Not so fast, the Albany City Council was reminded Wednesday. Recreational pot smokers will have to wait a while before they can’t be touched by the law.

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