HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Weed law: Initiative vs. local option

Written December 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Now that Albany is on the list, 66 Oregon cities have taken the local option and banned licensed commerce in recreational marijuana. Sixteen counties have done the same. So the next time somebody goes to the trouble of initiating a major law change, he’ll want to do it by amending the state constitution instead of […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.


City pot tax: So what do voters know?

Written October 20th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Is there something in Oregon’s plentiful water that is making city councils — including four members of  Albany’s — want to seem tone deaf, or greedy, or contemptuous of voters, or any combination thereof?


Albany pot tax: Are they serious?

Written October 4th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

What word comes to mind if a governing body goes out of its way to thwart the voters’ intent? Devious? Underhanded? Or just obtuse? We’re talking here about the interest by some members of the Albany City Council in slapping a 10 percent city sales tax on recreational marijuana in case Oregon voters approve Ballot Measure 91 […]


 
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