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❘ JUNE 20, 2015
P.O. Box 10
Florence, OR 97439
RYAN CRONK , EDITOR
❘ 541-902-3520 ❘
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MOMENTS IN TIME
The History Channel
• On June 26, 1807, lightning hits a gun-
powder factory in Luxembourg, sparking an
explosion that kills more than 300 people
and levels two entire blocks.
• On June 22, 1944, President Franklin
Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill, designed to
compensate returning armed services mem-
bers for their efforts in World War II. FDR
hoped to avoid a relapse of the Great
Depression following World War I.
• On June 25, 1950, an American soccer
team composed largely of amateurs stuns
England 1-0 at the World Cup. The hastily
assembled U.S. team included a dishwasher,
two mailmen, a teacher and a mill worker.
• On June 28, 1965, in the first major
offensive of the Vietnam War, 3,000 troops
of the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade assault a
jungle area near Saigon. The operation was
called off after three days when it failed to
make contact with the enemy.
OREGON LAUNCHES ‘WHAT’S LEGAL?’
What residents need to know about the new marijuana laws
he State of Oregon —
via the Oregon Liquor
(OLCC) — has launched a
public information campaign
to educate Oregonians about
the new recreational marijua-
na laws, which go into effect
Wednesday, July 1.
The campaign, “What’s
Legal? Educate Before You
Recreate,” provides key
information about what is
allowed under the new laws
— and what is not — to help
people be in compliance and
understand their rights.
This week “What’s
Legal?” launched with a
dedicated website (whatsle-
gal oregon.com), limited
paid statewide advertising
and a web-based toolkit of
materials (i.e. posters,
PowerPoint presentations) to
help citizens and organiza-
tions better understand the
facts of the laws and share
the information with others.
People can also connect
with the campaign via
Facebook at facebook.com/
whatslegalOR as well as
Twitter and Instagram at
“We designed this cam-
paign to be as informative as
possible and non-judgmen-
tal. We’re here to be the go-
to resource for people about
the law,” said Steve Marks,
executive director of OLCC.
“Knowing that some aspects
are still being figured out,
we’re asking Oregonians to
help us by keeping them-
selves up to date and sharing
information with others, as
well as taking a ‘be responsi-
ble’ approach if there’s ever
a question or doubt.”
Local marketing firm
Metropolitan Group is help-
ing to build and execute the
campaign. The total contract
amount is $350,000, of
which at least two-thirds is
going directly to developing
and disseminating education-
al materials, tools and ads.
The campaign features
those aspects of the law that
Oregonians are most curious
about, while also providing a
full FAQ for more special-
ized questions. Key informa-
tion points include:
• You can possess and use
recreational marijuana if you
are 21 and older. If you are
younger, it’s illegal.
• You can use recreational
marijuana at home or on pri-
vate property. Public use is
• You can possess up to 8
ounces of useable marijuana
in your home and up to 1
ounce outside the home.
• Driving under the influ-
ence of marijuana remains
illegal. Please be responsi-
• You can grow up to four
plants per residence, out of
• You can share or give
away recreational marijuana.
You can’t sell it or buy it
until licensed retail shops
• You can’t take marijuana
in or out of the state. That
• You can make edible
products at home or receive
them as gifts, but you can
still only use them in private
Certain aspects of the law
are still being determined,
including details surrounding
legal sale of recreational
marijuana and edibles. Stay
up to date by checking
whatslegaloregon.com or by
signing up for the OLCC’s e-
• On June 23, 1973, President Richard
Nixon’s adviser H.R. Haldeman tells the
president to pressure the head of the FBI to
stay the out of the Watergate burglary inves-
tigation — in essence, to obstruct justice.
The taped conversation eventually brought
the down the Nixon administration and led to
• On June 27, 1985, after 59 years, offi-
cials vote to decertify the iconic Route 66
and to remove all its highway signs.
Measuring 2,200 miles, the “Mother Road”
stretched from Chicago to Santa Monica,
California, passing through eight states.
• On June 24, 1997, U.S. Air Force offi-
cials release a 231-page report dismissing
claims of an alien spacecraft crash in
Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. The docu-
ment stated that the “bodies” recovered were
not aliens but dummies used in parachute
(c) 2015 King Features Synd., Inc.
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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden
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U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (4th Dist.)
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Salem, OR 97301
West Lane County Commissioner
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Eugene, OR 97401