Marijuana Legalization Would Generate $38.5 Million for Oregon in the First Year

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 12:14 pm

This November the voters of Oregon will have a chance to legalize marijuana and if they do the legal marijuana market could add around $38.5 million in new taxes for state. A new report by ECONorthwest for the New Approach Oregon campaign estimates that the marijuana excise tax contained in their initiative would generate $38.5 [...]

The Huge Difference a Few Regulatory Changes Can Make to the Shape of an Industry

By: Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:42 am

I love this infographic from the Brewers Association about the history of breweries because it shows what an immense different a few policy changes can make to an entire industry. After alcohol prohibition ended the rules adopted on beer regulation favored big players resulting in a steady concentration of the market to just a handful of [...]

Marijuana Legalization Officially Makes the Ballot in Oregon

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 12:59 pm

Its official, the people of Oregon will be voting on marijuana legalization this November. On Tuesday Secretary of State Kate Brown declared that Initiative 53 had enough valid signatures to qualify for the general election ballot. From her twitter: The initiative is from the New Approach Oregon campaign which turn in its signatures last month.  The [...]

Merely Decriminalizing Marijuana Isn’t Enough

By: Friday July 18, 2014 9:25 am

Yesterday one of the best marijuana decriminalization laws in the country took effect in Washington D.C. This may leave some asking why Initiative 71, the marijuana legalization measure set to make the November ballot in the District, is still necessary. Unfortunately, history has shown merely decriminalizing marijuana isn’t enough. Decriminalization doesn’t always stop small marijuana arrests. While [...]

In Defense of the Washington Liquor Control Board’s Handling of Marijuana Implementation

By: Monday July 14, 2014 12:07 pm

The start of the recreational marijuana industry in Washington State has been much delayed and a bit rocky, but any criticism of how the Washington State Liquor Control Board handled implementing the law so far should acknowledge what an unenviable task the agency was assigned. Creating the regulatory structure for any entirely new industry is [...]


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