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Capitol Watch: Farm ditch bill HB 2437


Capitol watch by Oregon Family Farm Association,

There is a bill in the Legislature that has gotten people’s attention. HB 2437 would allow farmers to clean out 3000 cubit yards of dirt per mile of drainage in wetland areas. This would be up from 50 cubit yards of dirt. The Capital Press reports several environmentalist spoke against the bill saying it would interfere with fish habitat while Ag groups spoke in favor.

Here is the House Bill summary: Continue reading

Ore. Congressman: Regulate marijuana like beer


U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat who founded the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, has proposed regulating marijuana like alcohol.

HB 420, a bill introduced in Congress recently, would take marijuana off the list of federally controlled substances. Since the 1970s, the number 420 has been used in cannabis culture to refer to smoking marijuana around 4:20 p.m. and on April 20 (aka 4/20).
Blumenauer discussed the proposed legislation in a press release posted on his House website. Continue reading

Oregon wines win against copycats

Federal regulators have cracked down on a Napa Valley winemaker for labeling his product with labels that might mislead buyers into thinking it was made in Oregon.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau ordered the owner of Copper Creek Wines & Provisions to change several wine labels, including the Willametter Journal and Elouan, according to a Portland Business Journal article. However, the agency stated that the company can sell its existing products already packaged under the misleading names. Continue reading

Environmental groups walk out of wolf talks

Various Oregon Environmental groups announced this month that they are pulling out of the state talks on wolf management. The groups claim that the process is leaning towards making killing wolves easier. The groups collectively say that they plan to oppose the plan. Continue reading

Ruling: Horse can’t sue owner

A horse can’t talk, despite Hollywood’s best attempts to make it seem so, and it can’t file a lawsuit against its owner, either, according to an Oregon judge.

Animal rights activist lawyers filed a $100,000 lawsuit against the owner of Justice, an 8-year-old lice-infested horse found in March 2017 with frostbitten genitals, weighing 300 pounds less than it should, according to Aimee Green’s Sept. 17 article in The Oregonian. Its owner, Gwendolyn Vercher of Cornelius, paid $3,700 in restitution after her conviction for first-degree animal neglect. Continue reading