medical marijuana

Oregon lawmakers are hashing out a compromise on whether to allow cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

Oregon launched its medical marijuana dispensary program Monday. Nearly 300 dispensary owners signed up at this first opportunity for a state license.

Northwest state and local governments continue to struggle with how to give birth to the new industry of legal marijuana sales.

One of the hottest topics before the Washington legislature this year is how to regulate the medical marijuana marketplace.

The deadline for public comment on proposed changes to the state's existing medical marijuana program is Wednesday.

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state and buy their medicine at specially licensed recreational pot stores. But they wouldn’t pay sales tax. State regulators Monday proposed a sweeping overhaul of Washington’s medical marijuana industry. Ezra Eickmeyer is with the Washington Cannabis Association. He says the proposed rules go too far.

Medical marijuana patients in Washington would have to register with the state if they don’t want to pay pot taxes.

Now that Washington state’s regulations for recreational marijuana have been finalized, policymakers are turning their attention to medical marijuana. The current system for patients to obtain marijuana with medical authorizations is largely unregulated. Federal authorities say that needs to change. Monday three state agencies plan to issue a roadmap.

The Washington Supreme Court has sided with a wheelchair-bound pot user who lacked an official medical marijuana card. In a split ruling Thursday, the high court said even non-card-holding patients can mount a medical necessity defense at trial.

Oregon's 55,000 medical marijuana users will soon be allowed to purchase their pot from a store.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed into law Wednesday a bill that legalizes marijuana dispensaries. The bill narrowly passed in the closing days of the legislative session last month over strong objections.

Critics fear dispensaries will put marijuana in the hands of people seeking it for recreation, not medical treatment. The governor acknowledged the controversy in a statement but said the bill will allow safe access to cannabis for legal users.