Pot Plight

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 

Bend Woman Recounts Route 91 Tragedy

Kristy Sinsara, who lives and works in Bend talks exclusively with Central Oregon Daily reporter Austin Reed, just days after she experienced the largest mass shooting in U.S. history, on Sunday night, at a Nevada country music festival, right on the Las Vegas strip. 59 people were killed, including the gunman. At this hour, hundreds of men, women and children are still recovering in local hospitals.

Several eyewitnesses have been coming forward to share what they saw and heard. Sinsara told Central Oregon Daily that she thinks there was more than just one lone shooter and/or the suspect was set up.

Take a look at the interview for yourself, which aired earlier tonight on KOHD-ABC, and right after Thursday Night Football, on KBNZ-CBS.

As this tragic story continues to unfold, stay with Central Oregon Daily for the latest.

Supper Club: Equifax Data Breach

The fallout from the massive security breach at the credit reporting service, Equifax, has reached the boardroom tonight after the company’s CEO abruptly retired in the wake of more revelations surrounding the hacking of more than 143 million Americans personal information.

For this week’s Supper Club, Donna sat down with two local cybersecurity experts for their take on the Equifax hack and why your personal data is more vulnerable than ever before.

Thanks to Kerri and Lewis for joining us and a special thanks to our Supper Club sponsor, Selco Community Credit Union, for giving us the time and resources to talk about the issues that impact our region every Tuesday night on Central Oregon Daily.

 

National Anthem Protests Spark Nationwide Debate

It was a moment that sports fans had been anticipating for nearly two days over the weekend. After President Trump suggested NFL owners should fire any players who protested during the national anthem, athletes from several different sports took to social media and expressed their support of the players, setting up a potentially pivotal moment before Sunday’s NFL games.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker went to The Hideaway Tavern, a sports bar in Bend, to see how local fans would react.