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Marijuana Residency Bill Gets Caught Up in Oregon Legislature’s Partisan Bickering

SALEM — The Oregon House approved a bill Monday that removes a two-year residency requirement for recreational marijuana producers, processors and retailers, but first lawmakers had to read the bill.

Aloud.

All 51 pages.

The extraordinary narration — which after a few minutes made for an effective sleep aid — resulted from a rarely used procedural movedeployed by Republicans during the Legislature’s 35-day session:

Each bill must be read aloud, in its entirety, no matter how long it takes.

And so it went. One after the other, lawmakers took turns reciting House Bill 4014. Some stopped to sip water. Others tried to speed read or worked to deliver dry legal language with flair. Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sun River, stumbled over “cannabis,” calling it “cannibal.” [Read more at the Portland Oregonian]

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