On Thursday the Trump administration lifted an Obama-era policy that kept federal authorities from cracking down on marijuana markets in states where the drug is legal. It is now up to federal prosecutors to decide what to do when state rules collide with federal drug law.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ action came just three days after a legalization law went into effect in California. The lift of the policy now threatened the future of the young industry and created confusion in states, like Oregon, where the drug is legal.
Oregon governor Kate Brown said Thursday the state will fight Sessions’ move to lift the policy on federal enforcement of the drug in order to protect the state’s economic interests. Brown said marijuana is an important component of the state’s economy and has creating more than 19,000 jobs.
Oregon was the first state to decriminalize personal possession of marijuana in 1973. Oregon legalized medical marijuana in 1998 and recreational use in 2014.
It is not clear how the change might affect states where marijuana is legal for medical purposes. A congressional amendment blocks the Justice Department from interfering with medical marijuana programs in states where it is allowed. Justice officials said they would follow the law, but would not preclude the possibility of medical-marijuana related prosecutions.
Officials wouldn’t say whether federal prosecutors would target marijuana shops and legal growers, nor would they speculate on whether pot prosecutions would increase.
Courtesy of the Associated Press
We all know home prices in Bend continue to rise and for the average household income it’s near impossible to afford the median price of homes in Bend. Each week Jack Church searches to see what the average income can purchase in Bend while also comparing this to cities of similar size in other states around the country. This week our comparison city is Norman, Oklahoma with a population close to the same as Bend.
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President Donald Trump signed the republican tax bill on Friday, before heading to Florida for Christmas. The bill is the largest tax overhaul in 30 years and passed through Congress without a single democrat vote in the House or Senate. The bill has been criticized for providing permanent tax cuts to large corporation while only providing temporary cuts to most middle to low-income Americans.
Before it passed Congress the tax bill polled low with the American people, with only about 40 percent in favor of the bill. Aside from concerns that the bill favors rich Americans and large corporations, it will also likely hit high-tax states the hardest, which generally means liberal-leaning costal states like Oregon. This is due to the new bill’s limits on SALT deductions, which allowed people to deduct their state and local taxes.
Since the tax cuts for middle and lower- income Americans expire in 2025, many Americans may also see tax increases as time goes on to pay for the new bill’s $1 trillion in tax cuts and the $1.5 trillion it adds to the national debt.
For now Americans could see the new cuts reflected on their taxes as early as this year since Trump signed the bill before the New Year.
On Friday Trump also signed in a continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through Jan. 19 while adding $4 billion to missile defense. A more permanent spending bill will be discussed when democrats and republicans return to D.C. after the Christmas break.
On Friday, as we headed into the weekend before Christmas, many people planned on driving or flying to their holiday destinations. Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan went to Redmond to report on on how busy the airport expected to be for the holiday weekend.
President Donald Trump signed the republican tax bill before heading to Florida for Christmas. The $1.5 million tax bill is the largest tax overhaul in 30 years and passed through Congress without a single democrat vote. The bill has been criticized for providing permanent tax cuts to large corporation while only providing temporary cuts to most middle to low-income Americans.
On Friday Trump also signed in a continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through Jan. 19 while adding $4 billion to missile defense.
Mt Bachelor‘s Cloud Chaser lift opened Thursday for its second season and local skiers and snowboarders are enjoying the new terrain the lift allows them to access.
The lift opened for the first time last year but, according to Drew Jackson, director of sales and marketing for Mt Bachelor Ski Resort, there have been some changes made based off of feedback from last season, including widening some of the runs to accommodate more skiers and snowboarders.
Jackson said they’re hoping for more snow to lay down a better base layer and allow them to open terrain off of the Summit lift but Central Oregon Daily’s Cydney McFarland didn’t hear too many complaints from people who hit the slopes on Thursday.
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Bunk + Brew is a new hostel located in the historic Lucas House near downtown Bend. Founders Frankie Maduzia and J. Griggs talk about upcoming plans and what makes their place so special.
Tifney Koppel visits with Central Oregon Daily about how she came up with the idea of roasting nuts and creating her business, Bend Nut Roasters.
Central Oregon Daily’s Anyssa Bohanan takes a look at how everyone from in Bend city police, to credit unions, are preparing for the masses that have yet to arrive ahead of Monday’s Eclipse.