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The Oregon Department of Revenue reported on Tuesday it had received $5.3 million in marijuana taxes for the month of December.

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Legalizing the production and sale of marijuana in rural Douglas County could either cause the numbers of addicts to skyrocket, or turn around the county’s poor economy.

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The League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley will host a public forum on local ballot measures from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Library, 1409 N.E. Diamond Lake Blvd., Roseburg.

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The Center for Disease Control has reported a crisis in the abuse of opioid pain medications. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from overdoses of opioids has increased 200 percent. These numbers continue to rise. There is a pressing need to develop alternative methods to relieve pain and reduce…

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The price of recreational marijuana rose by 25 percent Monday after a statewide sales tax went into effect. The rise may surprise people who had gotten used to the tax-free sales at medical dispensaries since Oct. 1.