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Talking about marijuana


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S. John Collins / Baker City Herald Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chair, Rob Patridge, explains the role of the OLCC in marijuana regulations Thursday at the Baker City Armory.
By Joshua Dillen

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While stoners across the state look forward to their first legal toke of wacky weed in July, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) is gathering information to help formulate rules regarding the recreational sale of marijuana in 2016.

About 100 residents from across Oregon attended an OLCC marijuana “listening session” at the Armory in Baker City Thursday.

The purpose of the meeting was to hear from the public about how marijuana regulation should work in local communities across the state.

The ballot initiative passed in November tasks the OLCC with regulating marijuana and products derived from the  psychoactive herb. It also gives the OLCC the authority to tax and license the drug in all of its forms.

Klamath County District Attorney and OLCC Commission Chair Rob Patridge outlined the details of Measure 91 and OLCC’s role in a PowerPoint presentation. Patridge pointed out he was personally opposed to the measure.

“It’s the OLCC’s job to put in place the measures to implement the rules to allow for licensing and distribution and those kinds of things. I’m not here to relitigate whether recreational marijuana is good policy or bad policy,” Patridge said. “What I’m here to talk to you about is how can we put this thing together in a safe and responsible manner for communities throughout the state of Oregon.”


County officials discuss vets services


By Joshua Dillen

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Baker County Veterans Services Officer Rick Gloria gave a report to the Baker County commissioners  concerning his department Wednesday.

He spoke about veterans claims management software VetraSpec.

The Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) is using the software to expedite claims by veterans. The online system allows veterans service officers to access information easier and more expeditiously for the veterans they serve.

“Right now we have 107 veterans enrolled in VetraSpec,” Gloria said.

His goal is to get the rest of the veterans in Baker County enrolled with the software to help with claims management. Gloria said his office has more than 800 files of active veterans. He said there are approximately 2,000 veterans in the county or about 8 percent of the county’s population.


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