State of Oregon

Marijuana: Falling Prices and Retailer Saturation?

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Recreational marijuana prices are falling and, in much of the state, retail options are plentiful. It appears to be a cannabis consumer’s dream, or at least what voters hoped for back in 2014 when Measure 91 was passed. Now, it has not been an entirely smooth ride to date, and concerns remain. Chief among them, […]

Recreational Marijuana Sales (Graph of the Week)

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The big news this morning is that the federal government, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions is set to rescind the so-called Cole memo, or memos as the case may be. For those who don’t know, the New York Times describes it as “an Obama-era policy of discouraging federal prosecutors from bringing charges of marijuana-related […]

Oregon Recreational Marijuana Forecast

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SB 845, among other things, would give our office the recreational marijuana forecast responsibility. While not current law yet, we went ahead and produced such a forecast for the first time in our most recent quarterly forecast. What follows below the fold is an extended summary of our forecast work, including lots of pictures, I […]

Border Effect, Weed Edition

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The border effect, or the border tax effect, is a very real. Our office has previously written about it regarding sin/vice taxes, retail sales in the Gorge, and a broader look at Oregon-Washington taxes, including an academic paper I, along with my co-author Portland State Prof. Wooster, wrote on retail sales in Washington. So it […]

2015 Outlook: Measure 91

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One of the more interesting and yet unknowable questions in the year ahead is what the impact of Measure 91 will be for Oregon. The basics of the vote itself and the direct implications for Oregonians have been well covered. However, the broader and bigger impact on the state’s economy and public resources are not […]

Where Did The Week Go…

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This week's column focuses on an Oregon woman almost getting away with tax fraud and the Egyptian Olympic team almost having to wear Nike knockoffs. My Netflix pick is a comedy about growing up in the '70s. You know, a time when you had to hitchhike to get a ride somewhere and there were no cell phones or the internet. I don't know what that feels like thankfully.

Shorter Work Week Could Save Oregon Millions

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House Bill 2932, sponsored by state Reps. Paul Holvey, D-Eugene, and Kim Thatcher, R-Keizer, would direct the state Department of Administrative Services to plan and carry out a four-day week for state workers, with operating hours from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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