The new year has arrived and with it comes new Oregon laws.
Here is a list of 7 new laws and how they may affect you:
Marijuana legalization: The consumption and cultivation of Marijuana will become legal in Oregon on July 1.
Households will be able to have a maximum of 8 ounces of marijuana and up to four plants. Individuals can carry up to 1 ounce with them.
The sale of marijuana will remain illegal until early 2016 when the Oregon Liquor Control Commission issues licenses to retailers.
Homes: Starting today sellers of foreclosed homes that may have been used to manufacture methamphetamine will be required to tell buyers that the property could contain toxic residue prior to sale.
Alcohol and minors: Starting today anyone who consumes alcohol under the age of 21 will not be prosecuted for possession if they seek medical attention for their self or others.
The new law does not shield minors from other offenses, such as driving while intoxicated or possessing illegal drugs.
Minimum wage: Oregon minimum wage is set to increase to $9.25 an hour. According to The Statesman Journal this will put $312 extra dollars in the pockets of full-time workers.
Concealed weapon permit: Starting today Oregon residents who were convicted of minor marijuana offenses in other states will now be able to obtain concealed carry permits.
According to The Statesman journal this law gets rid of inconsistency in past regulations, which allowed residents with minor, in-state convictions to obtain permits but not those convicted in another state.
Charitable organizations: A new law has set a clear punishment for Nonprofit organizations submitting false information.
House Bill 4081 increases the amount of civil penalties the Department of Justice can tax from $1,000 to $2,000, which now includes the submission of falsified documents.
The DOJ also plans to finish a bill passed in 2013 that allows it to disqualify charities if they spend less than 30 percent of their donations on their stated cause.
Children of volunteers: Starting today, if emergency reserve or volunteer personnel are killed or disabled in the line of duty, their children will be eligible for college scholarships.
The bill, the Rob Libke Scholarship Act, provides a four-year scholarship to a public university, or an equal amount to a private university. The scholarship is funded through the Oregon Student Access Commission’s deceased or disabled public-safety officer grant program.
Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) taken orally may reduce the risk for the second most common form of skin cancer.
According to The New York Times squamous cell carcinoma, caused by exposure to ultraviolet light over a lifetime, is almost always curable if caught and treated early.
Research published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology found that the use of NSAIDS reduced the risk of squamous cell skin cancer by 18 percent.
Researchers analyzed nine different studies. Some combined the use of aspirin and NSAIDS, while others used aspirin or non-aspirin NSAIDS alone. The studies using aspirin alone did reduce the risk of skin cancer, but not as significantly.
The authors said the studies varied in the health conditions of the populations examined and the amounts of medicine consumed.
“These data are preliminary,” co-author Catherine M. Olsen said, a researcher at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. “There have to be clinical trials to see if these drugs are useful.”
For now, she said, “the best way to prevent skin cancer is to reduce sun exposure.”
Pacific University’s new Hillsboro ear clinic is holding an essay contest for a chance to receive a free pair of $6,000 hearing aids.
The goal is to provide someone with this gift who does not qualify for other hearing aid programs. Pacific EarClinic director Nancy Bowen-Hicks said the winner will be someone in need both physically and financially.
“Medicaid only funds one hearing aid for adults, and two for children, but there are lots of people who fall between the cracks who are not really covered,” Bowen-Hicks said. “Medicare doesn’t cover hearing aids at all. They cover testing, but not the devices themselves.”
She said it is not always obvious when someone has hearing problems.
“Sometimes they appear as though they are aloof, or not able to pay attention, when they are really not able to hear,” she said. “It can significantly change someone’s life to be able to hear on the job, to be able to hear their children at home.”
The hope is also that the contest will bring community awareness to the clinic, which opened on October 28.
The clinic has four clinicians who see patients on a regular basis, while five other faculty members help coach interns who are completing their doctoral training.
According to The Oregonian, audiology services are available for all ages, which include hearing evaluations, balance and dizziness evaluations, and hearing instrument services.
To enter or nominate someone for the contest, email a written essay to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 333 SE 7th Ave. in Hillsboro’s Tuality Medical Plaza.
The essay should describe why you or someone you know should receive a set of free hearing aids. There is no word limit.
Include your full name and phone number. Submissions will be accepted until February 5. A winner will be selected by February 11.
While Christmas dinner means a home-cooked meal for some, others may desire a night out free of cooking.
For those who would prefer to leave the cooking to others, here are 10 restaurants open Christmas day in the Salem and Portland areas.
Salem area restaurants:
Bibimbap House: Open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 635 Chemeketa St. NE. (503) 585-1530
Blue Willow Restaurant & Lounge: Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located at 1985 Lancaster Drive NE. (503) 581-3067
Busick Court Restaurant: Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Located 250 Court St. NE. (503) 370-8107
The Oregon Garden Resort: Open from 5 to 9 p.m. Located at 895 W Main St. in Silverton. (503) 874-2500
Venti’s Cafe and Taphouse: Open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Located at 2840 Commercial St. SE. Customers can choose from a special traditional Christmas menu or from the regular menu. (503) 391-5100
Portland area restaurants:
Chart House: Open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Located at 5700 SW Terwilliger.(503) 246-6963
Gracie’s: Open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Located at 729 SW 15th Avenue. Customers can choose from the regular full menu or Christmas specials. (503) 222-2171
Henry’s 12th Street Tavern: Open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Located at 729 SW 15th Avenue. (503) 227-5320
Jake’s Grill: Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Located at 611 SW 10th Avenue.(503) 220-1850
Portland City Grill: Open from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m. Located at 111 SW 5th Ave.(503) 450-0030
Keurig recalled 7 million Mini Plus Brewing Systems, because of reported burns by customers.
The Associated Press sent out the recall release on Tuesday, and the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission released further details.
The company said the recalled systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray hot water during brewing. Keurig received around 200 reports about this incident — 90 reports included burn-related injuries.
The brewers were sold in the U.S. and Canada online and in stores from 2009 to 2014.
Consumers can set up a free repair by calling Keurig Green Mountain Inc. of Waterbury, Vermont, at 1-844-255-7886.