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Marijuana advocates plan to appeal reclassification

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The Oregon Board of Pharmacy announced Thursday that it would remove marijuana from the list of “Schedule I Controlled Substances” to a Schedule II classification – meaning the board recognizes that marijuana does have an acceptable medical use. Oregon is the first state in the nation to take such a step, contradicting the federal government's stance on marijuana. But advocates still are disappointed and plan to appeal.

ClearEdge scores $40 million in Korea - next stop Oregon?

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ClearEdge, the fuel cell company headquartered in Hillsboro, made major headlines last week by announcing a $40 million agreement with Korea's LS Industrial Systems.  Despite being an Oregon company ClearEdge has yet to target Oregon as a market. Mike Upp, ClearEdge's Vice President of marketing said that is about to change.

Jobs Watch: Expanding Metro's mission

ben-blogMetro regional government leaders have operated for years on the belief that economic development and jobs are not part of their mission. Should they be? Tom Hughes believes they should be. Could his approach to creating jobs as mayor of Hillsboro work on a regional level?

On The Scene: Business the cowboy way

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The 120-plus ranchers of Country Natural Beef put on a fair in Portland's Director Park last Wednesday to promote their product. Some of CNB’s vendors — New Seasons, Burgerville, Bon Appetit — sold CNB products and other snacks to show just where the product goes. The event displayed one thing clearly: The ranchers know what they’re doing.

On The Scene: The Beer Business

sceneblogbwOEN holds a PubTalk every month. But last night’s topic was particularly apropos: the business of beer. The panel included Irene Firmat of Full Sail Brewing, Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi, and Charlie Devereux of Double Mountain. Oregon’s craft beer industry brings $2.3 billion into the state’s economy annually and employs 4700 people.

Down at the Goondocks with Goonies

The 25th anniversary of "The Goonies" brought a deluge of fans to Astoria last weekend. I trekked along with family to take it all in: the celebration of an adventurous gang of young misfits; the strange assortment of fans who literally come from around the world; and of course, the dual spectacles of Astoria and the cultural tourism business.

Jobs Watch: Good news for Gunderson

ben-blogAllow me to introduce our new web reporter, Jessica Hoch. Her first news story for Oregon Business looks at a fresh piece of federal legislation with unusually strong bipartisan support, the Green Railcar Enhancement Act. This bill could be just what Portland-based railcar manufacturer Gunderson needs after more than two years of cutbacks.

Jobs Watch: A $129 million boost for green building

ben-blogCongressman David Wu has been working behind the scenes for more than a year with utility executives, green building experts and university leaders to boost federal support for green building innovations in Oregon. The $129 million proposal that has emerged from that work could build a sustainable foundation for an industry that stands out as one of the state’s few bright spots.

On The Scene: On the map and in the future

sceneblogbwAmber Case and Aaron Parecki are from the future—or, at the very least, they are a bit ahead of their time. They are creating a new software product that will track users' locations and give them updates, send SMS messages to their friends and colleagues, and do more things that we might not understand. Case and Parecki presented their project, "Geoloqi," this week at Open Source Bridge.