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Small Oregon credit union offers banking to marijuana businesses

2/17/17--The federal ban on marijuana means banking is a big problem for marijuana businesses, but now MAPS Credit Union in Willamette Valley is opening accounts for them. Account holders are extensively vetted, including a visit to their business, to make sure they’re not doing anything illegal. The credit union has opened more than 100 accounts. Read

Eagle Point company plans marijuana-friendly RV park

1/22/17--Grow Condos, an Eagle Point company that provides warehouse space for marijuana growers, is planning a marijuana-friendly camping and RV park near Lake Selmac in Josephine County. If approved, it could be the third project for the company. Read

Oregon marijuana taxes collected decline amid worries about supply, regulations

1/22/17--Sales of recreational marijuana in Oregon continued to plummet in December. Taxes collected on sales totaled $5.6 million in December, a 13 percent decline from November and a 28 percent drop from the peak of $7.8 million in October. Marijuana retailers have said sales have suffered because of tight supplies. Questions about pesticide use and changes in the permitting of retailers combined to decrease availability. Read

Maine communities putting brakes on marijuana sales

12/27/16--Some towns and cities are putting the brakes on marijuana sales in Maine by blocking retailers from setting up shop. From Bangor to Portland, municipalities have enacted moratoriums on marijuana sales to determine zoning rules for retailers. Read

Marijuana sales surge in Washington State

11/20/16--Sales of marijuana products in Washington state have for the first time surpassed $200 million in a quarter. The News Tribune reports residents and visitors bought more marijuana than ever before in the second quarter of 2016, sick based on an analysis of purchase and tax records from two state agencies.