Some Oregon law enforcement officers argue that charging membership fees to belong to a medical marijuana club is the equivalent of selling the drug, and say more busts like this one are likely to come
As states and municipalities continue to grapple with the recession's fallout, few turned to big, noticeable tax hikes this year. Instead, they're slashing spending and turning to more modest, narrowly crafted increases in fees and fines.
With medical marijuana dispensaries spreading throughout Western Washington, more and more of the pot outlets are being targeted by thieves. But at least one new dispensary has spent thousands to make sure staff and patients are safe at all times.
The U.S. Attorney for Oregon on Tuesday called the administration of the state's medical marijuana program a "train wreck," and expressed skepticism that the majority of those who obtain the drug actually need it.