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YOU CAN FLY WITH POT FROM PDX—As I've written in a previous column, you can fly with up to a pound and a half if you have your Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) card (I have several times). But if you don't have a card, you can still fly with your cannabis. Sort of. The Port of Portland, which operates Portland International Airport, will now allow passengers to fly with up to one ounce, provided their destination is within Oregon. If you have more than that and do not have an OMMP card, you could be liable for state and federal penalties, but you will more than likely be asked to simply dispose of your excess. Expect to see "Will Adopt Your Extra Weed" signs held by broke smokers at security checkpoints.
ACROSS STATE LINES—If you're headed to Idaho, you probably need some pot. The good law enforcement team in Payette County, just across the Snake River, are urging their deputies to issue citations instead of jailing offenders. The sheriff would rather see those cited complete work-crew duty or other punishments instead of taking up valuable jail bed space. Currently, possession of up to three ounces of pot in Idaho is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.
FAKE POT KILLS—The New York Times Magazine ran a great piece last week on an upswing of ER visits for those using "spike," AKA synthetic cannabis, which has been sprayed with a variety of Chinese-made chemicals and is widely available. Steve Featherstone writes, "The American Association of Poison Control Centers reports that between January and June, the nationwide number of synthetic marijuana 'exposures'—that is, reported contact with the substance, which usually means an adverse reaction—had already surpassed totals for 2013 and 2014, and that 15 people died from such exposure." For those of you fretting about children getting access to cannabis in Oregon, take a moment to consider that NO ONE has died from smoking cannabis, and 15 people have died this year alone from the fake stuff.
R.I.C.O. SUAVE—In 1970, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act went into effect, allowing federal penalties for activity surrounding and benefiting any criminal enterprise. Primarily used to take down organized crime syndicates, it also allowed for civil lawsuits to be filed by those impacted by said activity. Earlier this year, a Washington, DC-based group of dickhead lawyers with the Safe Streets Alliance filed a lawsuit in Colorado against a landlord, accountant, and bonding company that worked with a cannabis dispensary, all of which did so legally. By threatening the non-dispensary businesses, the Alliance halted their doing business with the dispensary, forcing it to close permanently. "We're putting a bounty on the heads of anyone doing business with the marijuana industry," said chief dick Brian Barnes to the Associated Press, reaffirming why many people hate lawyers.