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The Oregonian | May 18, 2015 | Salem
 Proposed marijuana sales tax unveiled by Oregon Legislators
Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, left, and Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, talk Monday before a meeting of the House-Senate Committee on Implementing Measure 91, which they co-chair.
Rep. Ann Lininger, D-Lake Oswego, left, and Sen. Ginny Burdick, D-Portland, talk Monday before a meeting of the House-Senate Committee on Implementing Measure 91, which they co-chair.
(image:Jeff MapesThe Oregonian)
Jeff Mapes
Oregon legislators on Monday unveiled a proposed retail sales tax for marijuana that would replace the harvest tax approved by voters. The proposed sales tax was one of the major provisions included in a new 104-page amendment aimed at implementing the marijuana legalization initiative approved last November by voters. There were also two other key developments Monday as legislators continued to work on marijuana legislation: --Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said he`s working on a proposal to temporarily start recreational marijuana sales by medical marijuana facilities....
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The Weed Blog | May 18, 2015
 Another Bank Is Changing Course, Wont Work With The Marijuana Industry

Johnny Green
Federal guidelines on marijuana banking are far from clear, and create more questions than answers. That is proven by the fact that so few banks will work with marijuana businesses, even though its legal to do so now under strict scenarios. The guidelines are so strict and burdensome that even banks that are willing to work with marijuana businesses on principle still refuse to do so because its more effort and trouble than its worth. Yet another bank is ceasing operations for marijuana businesses. Per Marijuana Business Daily: First Security Bank of Nevada, which began wo....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 15, 2015
 Week in Review: WA Reaching Out to Tribes, Banks Explain MJ Stance Ohio Campaign Boost

John Schroyer and Tony C. Dreibus
Washington State sets up a process to work with Native American tribes interested in marijuana, large banks reveal why they wont touch the cannabis industry, and an Ohio legalization campaign gets a big-name backer as well as some more money for its enormous war chest. Heres a closer look at several notable developments in the marijuana industry over the past week. Tribal Outreach With a bill signed into law this week, Washington has become one of the first states in the nation to establish a general framework for folding Native American tribes into its marijuana progra....
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The Daily Chronic | May 13, 2015 | Washington, DC
Drug Enforcement Administration DEA Increasingly Scrutinized as States Legalize Marijuana and Public Opinion Turns Against Failed Drug War
 President Obama Selects Chuck Rosenberg to Head Beleaguered DEA

A senior F.B.I. official and former U.S. attorney, Chuck Rosenberg, has been selected by President Obama as acting director of the Drug Enforcement Administration. Rosenberg has served as the chief of staff to the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, for the past 18 months. Outgoing DEA head Michele Leonhart announced her retirement last month in the wake of numerous scandals. She came under intense criticism for opposing the Obama administrations efforts to reform mandatory minimum sentencing laws, and for opposing the administrations hands-off approach in the four states tha....
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Marijuana Business Daily | May 14, 2015
 Marijuana Growers Eyeing Conservation to Reduce Costs, Boost Image & Allay Energy Concerns

Tony C. Dreibus
Cannabis cultivators are increasingly exploring sustainability and energy conservation as a way to cut costs and minimize their impact on the environment. And they might be forced to take such steps in the future: Severe water and energy shortages in some areas of the country are leading to pushback from local officials, which could usher in new restrictions on marijuana cultivation operations and stifle the industrys growth. The worst drought in California history led Gov. Jerry Brown to call for cutting water use by 25 percent from 2013 levels, for example, while Nevada....
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