Portland Council Votes Unanimously to Allow Cannabis Delivery Services

The Portland, Oregon City Council voted yesterday to allow cannabis delivery services (“marijuana couriers”) and other “micro” cannabis business types.

The move, which was approved unanimously, is designed to ease the financial and regulatory burden imposed by those trying to get involved in the new industry.

“Since the state regulations keep changing and the industry keep flourishing; we’ll be coming back with multiple changes I’m sure,” Commissioner Amanda Fritz said following the vote. “I look forward to that time.”

Under the new law, cannabis courier businesses can produce cannabis and cannabis products, but will be required to remain a delivery-only service; this means that no brick and mortar location will be offering delivery.

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Free Cannabis Fair With Free Cannabis Samples Taking Place on July 24th in Portland

cannabis fairThe Oregon Cannabis Association is hosting a cannabis fair on July 24th at the North Warehouse (723 N Tillamook St.) in Portland, and the event will include free cannabis samples.

According to their website, “The Summer Fair invites the public to experience the diversity, craftsmanship and expertise of Oregon’s cannabis community. From beer and wine to cannabis, coffee, chocolate and other craft consumables, many of our state’s best products are produced by small, family-run businesses. In the spirit of Oregon’s beloved farmer’s markets and street fairs, The Summer Fair puts names and faces to the people behind an astonishing and growing variety of cannabis products.”

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Free Cannabis Give-Away for Veterans Being Held on April 24th in Portland

On Sunday, April 24th starting at 2:00pm PDT and ending at 5:00pm, the organization Grow for Vets will be holding a cannabis give-away that’s entirely free for military veterans. The group will be giving cannabis away to its membersgrow, as well as veterans who aren’t members but register online for the event at GrowforVetsOregon.org. Non-veterans are also welcome to attend with a $20 donation.

The give-away is just the latest in a series of national events organized by Grow For Vets that are meant “to draw attention to the dilemma of America’s military Veterans”. According to the group; “Many of those Veterans are returning home with a variety of physical and emotional injuries suffered during their military service; and a growing number of vets are demanding they be allowed access to cannabis as part of their treatment.”

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Portland International Airport Allowing Cannabis on In-State Flights

pdxPortland International Airport (PDX) is allowing passengers to travel with cannabis while on flights, as long as the trip is within the state.

Port of Portland officials said on Thursday that Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents are no longer searching bags for cannabis as long the passengers aren’t flying out of state, and are following state law.

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Portland: Thousands Turn Out to Celebrate Cannabis Legalization in Oregon

A crowd of thousands gathered at midnight on Portland's Burnside Bridge to celebrate cannabis legalization.
A crowd of thousands gathered at midnight on Portland’s Burnside Bridge to celebrate cannabis legalization.

A crowd of thousands that spanned the entire length of Portland’s Burnside Bridge gathered at midnight on July 1st to celebrate the beginning of cannabis legalization in Oregon.

“It was amazing”, Jennifer Alexander, who’s on the Board of Directors for Portland NORML, tells us. “Thousands of people gathered together smoking marijuana to celebrate the moment Oregon legalized – what could be more Portland? Traffic was amazing too, they were all very supportive and patient despite the backup from the crowd blocking traffic. Buses honked in support and waved – I saw one even made an impromptu stop to let passengers off in the middle of the crowd to join us!”

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Legalization of Cannabis Takes Effect in Portland Tomorrow

On Friday, December 6th, cannabis will become officially legal in the city of Portland, the largest city in Maine, thanks to an initiative approved by voters last monthgood-weed. Under the new law, the possession, use and transfer of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis will no longer be a criminal or civil penalty under city law. Given that Colorado and Washington have both legalized just an ounce, and cannabis remains technically illegal (though tolerated) in places like Amsterdam, this new law will give Portland one of the most progressive cannabis possession policies in the world.

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Voters In Portland, Maine, Legalize Cannabis

In a huge victory for the cannabis reform movement, the voters of Portland, Maine, have approved an initiative (Question 1) to legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis. portlandlegalThe proposal passed with roughly 70% of the vote.

Once this initiative takes effect, Portland’s cannabis policies will become one of the most lenient in the nation; by comparison, Washington and Colorado legalized just 1 ounce – the possession of 2.5 ounces remains a crime in both states (in Washington, it remains a felony).

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New Poll Shows More Maine Voters Support Legalizing Marijuana Use Than Oppose

New research has found that more people in Maine support legalizing cannabis use than not. Recently Publ6.11-meic Policy Polling surveyed roughly 1,000 registered Maine voters and found that 48% of respondents felt marijuana use should be legal – only 39% said it should remain illegal, and 14% were not sure how they felt about the subject.

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