Congress urged to fully open banks to marijuana industry

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bank officials and others urged Congress on Wednesday to fully open the doors of the U.S. banking system to the legal marijuana industry, a change that supporters say would reduce crime risks and resolve a litany … Continued

Snowstorm can’t stop women’s cannabis event

Despite a rare low-elevation snowstorm that kept many people off the roads last weekend, more than 65 women braved the snow and ice for the kickoff of a new women’s cannabis group in the Rogue Valley. The event, for the … Continued

Why do so many Americans now support legalizing marijuana?

Editor’s Note: The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts. American views on marijuana have shifted incredibly rapidly. Thirty years ago, marijuana legalization seemed like a lost cause. In 1988, only 24 … Continued

Chronic pain given as top reason for using medical marijuana

Chronic pain is the most common reason people give when they enroll in state-approved medical marijuana programs. That’s followed by stiffness from multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea, according to an analysis of 15 states published Monday in the journal Health … Continued

Bill would aid marijuana users who need organ transplants

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers may tighten restrictions on the state’s organ transplant centers to ensure they don’t discriminate against patients based on marijuana use. House Bill 2687, sponsored by Rep. Rob Nosse, D-Portland, would stop medical providers from … Continued

Oregon pot export bill gets hearing, and a warning

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A bill that would create the possibility of Oregon exporting marijuana to adjacent states where cannabis is also legal had its first public hearing Thursday, where advocates said it would give Oregon a way to relieve … Continued

Going green: States would get free hand under pot bill

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden proposed legislation Friday that would give states a free hand to allow legal cannabis markets without the threat of federal criminal intervention, the latest push in Congress to bolster the nation’s burgeoning pot industry. The proposal, … Continued

6 cannabis cookbooks — from basic to gourmet

As cannabis legalization spreads and goes mainstream in Oregon and other states, the cookbook industry has churned into high gear with books on ways to use jazz cabbage beyond the bong. What to look for? A lot depends on your … Continued

Grown Rogue gets ‘Electric’

Over the years, endless debates have erupted among cannabis connoisseurs over which is better: outdoor or indoor. Grown Rogue has found a way to offer the best of both worlds. A recent batch of outdoor-grown Monkey Train, a cross between … Continued