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Albany pot: Looking for ‘reasonable’

Written December 5th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s city charter requires four votes on the city council for any action. Twice now, the second time on Monday, Councilman Dick Olsen has made himself scarce, preventing the enactment of severe restrictions on the possible location of recreational marijuana businesses, limits that he opposes. The deadlock may continue until the council finds a reasonable way out.

Behind the lights: Pot vote upcoming

Written December 4th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Festively decorated for Christmas and exuding holiday cheer though it is, the Albany City Hall on Monday will be the site of another likely contentious meeting over recreational pot.

Albany pot code up on Monday

Written November 13th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council could save itself time and trouble by relying on a mountain of state regulations regarding marijuana businesses. Instead, the council’s Monday agenda calls for action on a code amendment that the city staff believes would not survive a legal challenge.

Potential pot points plotted

Written July 27th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Albany is no closer to knowing where marijuana sellers and processors will be allowed if voters in November overturn the existing ban on commerce in recreational pot. The city council argued about it for a while Wednesday night but didn’t get anywhere.

Council resumes talk of pot rules

Written April 25th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The Albany City Council is trying to get prepared in case city voters decide in the November general election that Albany will allow recreational marijuana businesses. Councilors would like to adopt some restrictions ahead of time, such as time, place and manner of pot sales and processing sites. But at Monday’s work session they didn’t […]

Pot ordinance up for council vote

Written November 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

On Wednesday the Albany City Council will vote to ban the production, processing, and wholesale and retail selling of recreational marijuana within the city limits. This sets up an election next November in which opponents of recreational marijuana will want to vote yes and supporters will want to vote no. This may not be confusing […]

Pot in Linn: Yes could mean no

Written November 4th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

City and county officials are setting Linn County voters up for an election next year that poses interesting questions, one of them being: Exactly what is the question, and who gets to decide?

Pot in Albany: Sales ban possible

Written August 10th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

If the Albany City Council wants once again to wade into the thicket of marijuana regulation, it can do so under Oregon laws passed this year. Among other things it could ban the sale of recreational marijuana, but the ban would have to be submitted to the voters in the 2016 general election.

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?

Marijuana initiative: What’s in it

Written June 26th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

So it looks as though we’ll be voting this fall on an initiative to create and regulate a legal industry supporting the recreational use of  marijuana. The sponsors turned in more than 145,000 signatures Thursday. They claimed to have checked many of them for their validity even before the state does the same, and they needed only 87,213. So […]

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