Marijuana Cultivation Businesses Approved – Lincoln County Central

It was another full house at the final Caliente City Council meeting of 2017 as marijuana was once again the hot topic.

Public comment was opened with Bert Cox taking the floor. He made comments on the Bike Park Project, saying, “I have been able to work on it some and I think it’s a great idea, but I think we need some continued support on it. It’s a great concept if we can get the people coming here. It’s got to be maintained and taken care of long enough to get people here and have a good experience.”

Cox mentioned that Ken Dixon was struggling with finding enough money to spray for puncture vines and weeds and said the project is a little on the short side of what it needs to maintain it. “People come here and get flat tires in 30 minutes, and it’s not going to be a pleasurable experience. I think we have one shot getting most people in here.”

Cox then mentioned how brother-in-law Warren Eizman and Brandon Burkhart with Clover Creek Organics, LLC were trying to go after a cultivation of marijuana permit. Cox said the debate is no longer on whether it should be legal. “It is legal, and it’s here, and there is nothing to stop the people to buy it in Vegas and bring it here.”

Cox said that the permit is for cultivation and not selling locally. He also talked about the need Caliente has for jobs and revenue and his confidence that this project will bring in both. “If we can create a million-dollar revenue for the city of Caliente every year, think of the benefit 55 jobs can do for businesses.”

Wes Holt spoke next on how marijuana cultivation might affect the Caliente Youth Center. He commented that the state of Nevada in the last two or three years has tried to move the youth center to Las Vegas or someplace else closer to the parents of the children. “Do you think if marijuana is legalized in Caliente it would be easier to move the center? Will that cost more jobs than we have coming in?”

Eizman responded, “We’re involved in a legalized business; it’s legal in the state of Nevada. I compare it to how we used to sell alcohol at our convenience store. We have a need in the area for more funds.”

Turning to Cox, Holt asked if Cox was financially involved in the project, and Cox responded yes. Holt asked if Cox would be willing to give the city a promissory note. “Can we take your property and sell it for the million dollars the city is supposed to get? Are you willing to tie up your house and property?”

City attorney Dylan Frehner told them they had to finish this after the meeting, as it was public comment, not the time for discussion. Holt concluded by saying he is personally opposed to it, having had a son that died from drugs.

On to the items on the agenda.

The first reading of Bill #2017-02 Ordinance #183, an ordinance amending Title 4 of the Caliente Code to add to Chapter 9, pertaining to recreational marijuana establishments and setting forth the procedures, regulations, and requirements for the issuance of a marijuana establishment licenses; establishing fees and taxes required for such licenses; setting forth the provisions for renewal of such licenses and other matters properly related, thereto was read. Support material for this was provided.

Councilman John Ahlstrom had questions about sales, stating that some of these are cash only, so how would transactions be verified? Frehner said that was through the Department of Taxation and that the business would be required to have barcodes on every single plant.

Brenda Northup told the council that her role with Clover Creek is production manager, to oversee the application process as they go forward, and she is Prospective CFO and HR Compliance Manager for the company. She said she has been watching the compliance issue and the state of Nevada does require a seed-to-sale tracking method. They have a mandated that companies have software to track and trace all products including the plant, whether recreational or medical. Each plant has a microchip in it that is tracked 100 percent through sales.

“Once the product leaves our facility it is tracked by another licensed person who is allowed to transport it, and it is tracked from there; everything is computerized.”

Ahlstrom asked if it was possible that someone could do something that was not state verified, controlled, or regulated. Northup said everything is going to be very secure. “No one is allowed on site unless they have a Marijuana Established Agent card, which is mandated by the state. So only those who are authorized and vetted are allowed to hold these cards.”

The council went on to discuss approving or denying a conditional use for Warren Eizman/Clover Creek Organics, LLC, to cultivate cannabis on zoned agricultural.

Mayor Tommy Rowe said he had called Mike Wilden at the governor’s office and asked if he thought that this business would have a negative effect on the Youth Center and whether he thought that anything would have a stigma. He was told that it would make no difference at all. As far as the state was concerned, especially with it being outside of town, there would be no questions at all.

The mayor asked for a motion. Councilman Victor Jones made a motion to approve on the condition that the landowner come in and sign the needed paperwork, and Rowe seconded. Jones and Rowe voted “aye,” with Ahlstrom and Christensen voting “nay,” noting that it was a good plan, but that they voted on moral grounds, not wanting to support it and for the people who oppose it.

Rowe broke the tie to approve.

Next on the agenda was to approve or deny a conditional business license for Warren Eizman/Clover Creek Organics, LLC, to cultivate cannabis within the city limits. The action was approved along the same voting lines.

Also discussed was approving or denying a conditional business license for Todd Davis/Caliente Development Company, LLC, to cultivate cannabis within city limits. When they came to the last meeting, their location was next to the Industrial Park. With the proposed ordinance of a two-mile radius from town, if passed, it would have to find a new location.

Jones made a motion to approve the conditional business license with conditions that followed with the proposed ordinance. Rowe seconded. Rowe, as mayor, broke the tie voting to approve.

Next was approving or denying a conditional business license for John Goss to cultivate cannabis within the city limits and wanting to add the business name MJ Distributing, Inc. for reference. Their location, 15171 State Route 317, is not in the city limits, but John Huston, who had started the process, then stopped, has started again. To be annexed, the land has to be continuous connected to city property.

Frehner stated that there are a lot of breaks and doesn’t know if it can happen. Rowe said that seeing that they had approved the others, they should approve this one with the same conditions. Jones seconded and once again, Rowe broke the tie to approve.

All councilmen voted to approve waiving December utility late fees.

The first reading of Bill #2017-03 Ordinance #184 occurred. The bill would annexx APN 013-110-07, approximately 40 acres owned by Burt and Natalie Cox, into the city limits. Cox wanted to request that the property be zoned industrial.

The next meeting will be Jan. 4.

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Terra Tech Talks California Cannabis Regulation

New Year’s Day 2018 was met by biting cold temperatures across most of the U.S., a Mariah Carey comeback in Times Square and the state of California opening its doors for the sale of marijuana for recreational purposes. On that day, 400 shops had the appropriate licenses to open their storefronts, with thousands expected to come over the following weeks and months.

The experts predict a sea change in the American cannabis industry, and, given the numbers at play, it’s hard to dispute their predictions. California holds the distinction of having the nation’s largest economy; were it a standalone nation, it would be the sixth-largest economy on the planet.

When voters took to the polls last year to vote on what is now law, only four states had done so before: Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska (Massachusetts, Nevada and the District of Columbia voted recreational legality on election day 2016). Those four states are home to 17 million people; their cumulative economic output is around $1 trillion annually.

California is home to 39 million people. Its annual output more than doubles those four states — to the tune of $2.5 trillion a year.

Analysts are predicting California’s market for marijuana to be massive: GreenWave Advisors (a cannabis financial analyst) estimates that California’s industry could be worth $5.1 billion in 2018, nearly doubling the industry’s entire value last year. One report out of investment bank Cowen estimates that legalization in California alone would triple the size of the nation’s legal pot industry within a decade.

But what are the expectations on the ground?

To get a better idea, PYMNTS has been talking with all kinds of emerging cannabis companies as the California marketplace was being created. First up: Mikel Alvarez, director of Retail Operations for Terra Tech, the largest publicly traded cannabis company in the U.S. with medical and recreational dispensaries in Nevada — and starting this past Monday morning in California as well.

“Yesterday in our Santa Ana location, we had the local city council members in our store seeing how everything was organized and how everyone was so happy. It really went perfectly” — which, Alvarez noted, was good news considering what a complicated race to the finish line legalization has turned out to be in California for those who wish to make a business selling marijuana.


Known Unknowns

For all the predictions and reporting, Alvarez told us that opening day in California was something of a question mark. The state, he admitted, has been surprisingly slow to fully allow recreational use, considering how early an adopter it was of cannabis’ medical use.

Early adoption of its medical use, he said, is the source of a lot of uncertainty in California, because the reality is that “medical” is a loosely defined term in the state: It’s possible for almost anyone to get a legal ID without too much investment of time or money.

“If you compare [California] to Nevada, where it was an expensive and difficult process to get a recommendation from a doctor, that dissuaded customers; and then the state would … take that recommendation for another fee and evaluate whether you could have a card. So, people were looking at $300 in charges just to be able to purchase cannabis as medicine legally. That meant a change in the recreational market, where anyone over 21 could purchase [it], was very significant. We saw a huge influx of customers [from] Nevada in July, when recreational went online — with people lining up around the building at 8:00 A.M.”

In California, a doctor’s note was good enough for a medical card, which was given out for a wide range of conditions, including things like “headaches” and “back pain.” With cards easily accessible, Alvarez said they weren’t expecting a massive influx of buyers on New Year’s Day. However, it was surprisingly a very busy sales day, “but it wasn’t record breaking.”

Alvarez said that doesn’t mean the predicted upswing isn’t coming. Terra Tech saw it in their sales in Las Vegas and expect to see it throughout the year, particularly as tourists (and those who could not get medical cards before, and thus couldn’t buy marijuana from California dispensaries) visit recently open retail cannabis enterprises. California tourism is already a $126 billion a year industry; Los Angeles County alone attracts 48 million visitors a year. Given the results, Terra Tech believes visitor spend will be very significant.

And complicated — particularly since cannabis as an industry remains dominated by the “two Cs”:


Compliance and Cash

As a large and publicly traded firm working in a legally grey area like cannabis, Alvarez said most of what Terra Tech does is dominated by compliance with local and state regulations within federal banking guidelines. Their business operations have to be completely and totally above board.

“We’re publicly traded, so we have a higher level of compliance we need to follow because we have stockholders that we are accountable to. We have to be 100 percent in compliance with state guidelines,” said Alvarez. “The number one thing I tell everyone in this business is that it’s not fun. It’s compliance, compliance, compliance. I say it in triplicate, because if we cross the line, we lose our licenses and we lose our business.”

Even when the rules seem bizarre — like having to destroy a good deal of their cannibals inventory on Dec. 31.

Between Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, California’s rules on edibles changed. Now, dispensaries can no longer sell edibles with more than 10 milligrams of cannabis per serving for medical or recreational purposes.  Unfortunately, Alvarez said, most of what is on the market contains more than 10 milligrams per serving, which meant a lot of moon pies were discounted and then destroyed if they didn’t sell by the deadline.

“You may be asking — can’t a customer just buy two? Yes, yes they can,” Alvarez said on how easy the rule was to skirt.

Easy to skirt or not, rules are rules. Although following those rules is expensive, not following them is even more so.

They bring a similar “rules will be rules” attitude to their relationship with cash, which, Alvarez said, at this point is a case of unwilling monogamy on their part. Marijuana remains a Schedule 1 narcotic at the federal level, which means that Terra Tech has to be very careful when making or receiving payments of any kind. The pubically traded firm has a banking relationship and is unwilling to say much more about it because the situation is rather tenuous and discussing it on the record could have consequences.

But when the company is making its largest payments — the ones to their distributors for the products they sell — other than the occasional paper check, those payments are almost entirely done in large piles of cash.

“The majority of our payments we do pay in cash. It is easier for us to pay in cash because we have so much of it get rid of. We might write a check on occasion, but we try to pay as much stuff in cash as possible because we have that excess of cash. I wouldn’t say it’s stressful exactly, but it requires an extraordinary amount of internal control and checks and balances. And a lot of security,” Alvarez said.


What’s Next

Alvarez thinks the future is green for California’s cannabis business in more ways than one — though he was cautious about all the predictions out there, mostly because so much remains unknown.

“This was an entirely locally regulated system that has now moved up a level to the state,” he explained, saying that the adjustment is going to provide a lot of information on the future of the industry both in California and nationwide.

Terra Tech’s dispensaries in various smaller California towns and cities were up and running on Jan. 1, care of Bureau of Cannabis Control employees who worked the holiday weekend to put a license into the company’s hands by Sunday.

“We are always looking at acquisitions we can take on so we can increase our footprint in California. We have three dispensaries now and are waiting to hear back from the state on a few more licenses. We are serious about expansion and increasing our locations because this is an industry in which we believe we can play a pivotal role by building a strong retail foundation,” Alavarez concluded.

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Commissioners delay marijuana retailer resolution after lengthy debate

Marijuana plants in the vegetation room at the Essence Cannabis Dispensary on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, in Las Vegas. (Rachel Aston/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Clark County commissioners deliberated more than 90 minutes before delaying a decision on whether to allow local standalone recreational marijuana stores.

The discussion was prompted because next year the Nevada Department of Taxation may permit medical stores to open standalone recreational pot facilities. Beginning in November 2018 the state can issue recreational marijuana licenses to businesses that have not been previously licensed in Nevada.

County business licensing director Jacqueline Holloway estimated the state could allocate 10 recreational-only licenses to the unincorporated county.

But whether any such stores will open hinges on county law. Commissioner Susan Brager said Tuesday that marijuana companies should not be solely recreational.

“I think you need to have a medical component, and I’m not going to change my mind,” Brager said.

Brager added that she would like to limit the number of dispensaries any one business could open.

Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani said preventing standalone stores would be detrimental to small businesses.

“The public passed recreation, so I do think you should be able to do a standalone,” she said. “But that’s where we’re going to have a philosophical discussion at some point about that part of it.”

Pot shop owners debate

Close to 20 people commented on the issue during Tuesday’s meeting.

Scott Sibley, managing partner at Nevada Holistic Medicine, said county marijuana sales tax revenue will not increase with more dispensaries.

“The market’s pretty fixed at where we’re at,” he said. “This would just add increased enforcement costs to monitoring these additional licenses.”

Dr. Nick Spirtos, CEO of the Apothecary Shoppe, said allowing recreational-only stores could doom his business.

“The additional expenses associated with two product lines to run a comprehensive and decent medical program as well as a recreational program will devastate what small profit margins there are in this industry,” he said.

David Goldwater of Inyo Fine Cannabis Dispensary said more dispensaries would cut down on the cannabis black market and help bring stores to more areas of the county.

“We think your constituents deserve as much as the constituents in city of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas or anyplace else,” he said.

Nevada Dispensary Association board member John Ritter said the companies that want to expand should be allowed to apply.

“These new dispensaries will generate construction, taxes and jobs,” he told commissioners. “Why would you want neighboring municipalities to capture that growth and revenue while the county sits on the sidelines?”

The dispensary association had not taken a position on the issue, Executive Director Riana Durrett told commissioners, who will discuss the item again at their Jan. 16 meeting.

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Sales of recreational marijuana kick off in Carson City

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Sales of recreational marijuana have begun in Nevada’s capital.

The Nevada Appeal reports recreational marijuana purchases in Carson City kicked off Monday, six months after retail cannabis sales began in other parts of the state.

Tyler Brennan is the manager of Rise dispensary in Carson City. He says the company saw less than anticipated demand Monday, but attributed it to the holiday.

The newspaper reports Carson City has two dispensaries that previously could only sell marijuana for medical purposes, prompting consumers interested in recreational products to visit other cities.

Legal sales of recreational marijuana in Nevada began July 1. Those 21 and older can buy up to an ounce of pot. People can only use the drug in a private home as it remains illegal to consume it in public.


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Recreational marijuana sales begin in Carson City

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Quietly and a little under the radar, recreational sales of marijuana began in Carson City. There was very little fanfare; no long lines and the two stores in Carson City opened at their normal times. At Rise, it was business as usual, just with a slight uptick in customers.

“I think people are happy not to drive up north, and then back south, and take an hour out of their day to do that,” Anthony Georgiadias, partner with GTI the parent company of Rise, said.

The ballot initiative passed by voters in 2016 that allowed for recreational marijuana use in the state, set January 1, 2018 as the start date for recreational sales. However, sales began six months ago in Reno and Sparks. The big rush and long lines happened then. The crowds in Carson were steady, not large.

“Not to say the honeymoon is over, but folks here in Nevada have gotten acclimated to this over the past several months,” Georgiadias said. “So I think we can expect to see a fairly consistent kind of flow. Nothing like the long lines we had on July 1 or anything like that.”

It may have been low-key, but for people like Laura Lau Carmean, it was a long awaited day.

“it’s very nice not to be able to have to drive up to Sparks,” she said. “I live in Carson City, and I can get what I need here in Carson City. Buying local.”

She may be buying recreational marijuana, but Lau Carmean is using medically.

“Some of the health issues that I have don’t fall under what Nevada state law shows that to get a medical marijuana card,” she said. “So I can be able to get the help that I need without having a medical marijuana card.”

Sales and the use of marijuana may now be legal, but Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong is reminding people there are still restrictions. The department will be stepping up its ‘Safe Streets’ efforts throughout the year to crack down on driving under the influence.

“People are equating marijuana to alcohol,” he said. “[They think] I can smoke a little bit, wait an hour, and now I can drive. That is absolutely not true.”

There will also be zero tolerance for aiding in underage use.

“In Carson City, those persons who sell or provide marijuana to minors- no plea deals. you will get the hard hit,” Furlong said.

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Californians line up to legally buy recreational pot

(CNN) – California began selling recreational marijuana today in what’s seen as a milestone in the mainstreaming of weed, and hundreds lined up to buy it.

Lines formed outside stores licensed to sell the drug long before opening hours, and store owners said they had stocked up in expectation of huge demand.

“It is probably our busiest day in our seven-year history,” said Matt Lucero, the owner of Buddy’s, a dispenser of medical-use marijuana in San Jose that holds the first license issued by California to also sell recreational marijuana. “We have folks outside; every chair in the building is filled right now.”

At Harborside Dispensary in Oakland, hundreds lined up to be the first to buy the legal weed, CNN affiliate KGO reported.

Speaking with CNN, Lucerno said he expected a 30% bump in sales overnight, but “it looks, in looking around this room, more like 50 to 60%.”

California is the sixth state to allow sales of recreational marijuana, and as the nation’s most populous state, it’s widely seen as a tremendous boost to mainstreaming marijuana.

“Cannabis is now legal in the most populous state in the country,” New Frontier Data, which tracks the cannabis industry, wrote in its 2017 Annual Report, “dramatically increasing the total potential size of the industry while establishing legal adult use markets across the entire US Pacific Coast given the legalized states of Washington and Oregon.”

Pot remains illegal in the eyes of the federal government, and it is illegal to take marijuana across state lines, bring it on a plane or mail it.

The California industry is forecast to reach $7 billion in a few years, more than the $6.6 billion of the entire legal cannabis market in the United States in 2016, according to New Frontier Data.

Legalizing it will mean a lot of people may try it who had shied away from pot until now, Lucero said.

“By having the state come in with a regulatory program really helps legitimatize it,” he said. “And I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of folks who otherwise are a little hesitant to shop at dispensaries. “

California adults 21 and older can possess as much as an ounce and grow up to six plants at home as of Monday.

Monday was a muted rollout, though, because the licensing procedure is not in place in many cities. No recreational marijuana could be bought legally Monday in Los Angeles or San Francisco, the state’s biggest cities.

Buddy’s had “stocked up tons because we’ve seen other states, once they go recreational, how most of the dispensaries sell out on the first or second day,” Lucero said.

State and local taxes add a hefty chunk to the price, and depending where it’s bought, taxes can add as much as 45% to the cost.

Customers at Buddy’s could pick up half an ounce of Homemade Cherry Pie for about $260. Blue Dream is about half that price. Many customers pick up an eighth of an ounce for anywhere between $25 to $60.

Massachusetts will begin selling retail marijuana on July 1. Maine has approved it, but there is no set date to begin sales.

Other states that allow the sale of recreational marijuana are Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Nevada.

More retail shops are certain to open soon in California. The Bureau of Cannabis Control, which issues licenses from the state, had handed out about 200 by the end of last week, spokesman Alex Traverso said in an email.

As far as he’s concerned, the first day has been a success, since he hasn’t been besieged with calls and emails.

“That’s huge, because I’m certain we’d be getting tons of calls if things weren’t working,” he wrote. “So far so good!”

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Bullets, ballots and babies: A look at new state laws coming in 2018

From buying bullets to casting ballots, states across the country are ushering in a wave of new laws in 2018.

California’s recreational cannabis market will open its doors to residents beginning Monday at 6 a.m. Buyers 21 years or older will be legally allowed to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana and up to 8 grams of concentrates.

The Golden State joins two others – Maine and Massachusetts – that will legalize recreational pot use next year- bringing the total number of states to eight. But unlike California, residents in Maine will have to wait until July to legally light up.

Currently, Colorado, Washington, Nevada, Alaska and Oregon allow adults to buy, sell and smoke marijuana.

The new year will also bring a boost in the minimum wage in several states.

Unlike the federal rate that’s staying put at $7.25, 10 states will phase-in pay bumps that will eventually hit the $15 per hour mark while workers in eight states – Alaska, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio and South Dakota – will see annual cost-of-living adjustments.

The minimum wage jumps by 50 cents in California. Employees at companies with 26 or more workers will be paid at least $11 per hour. Businesses with less than 25 employees will be paid $10.50 per hour.

New Yorkers will also see an increase. On Long Island and in Westchester County, the minimum wage rises $1 to $11 per hour. In Manhattan, the minimum wage for employers with 10 or fewer workers rises to $12 from $10.50. For employers with 11 or more workers, the minimum wage jumps to $13 per hour from $11.

Changes to gun laws are also on the horizon.

California’s 6 million gun owners won’t be able to buy bullets online and have them shipped to their homes. A new rule requires purchasers to pick up their orders in person from a licensed vendor. The state is also clamping down on gifting assault weapons. Another new state law also prohibits people convicted of a hate crime from possessing a gun for 10 years.

In Tennessee, members of the U.S. military will be allowed to forgo the firing-range portion of the training requirement to obtain a handgun carry permit if he or she can prove they passed small-arms or combat-pistol training while serving.

New Jersey is carving out an income tax credit to mental health professionals who donate hours of counseling to members of Gold Star families.

The state will also provide Gold Star family members free or reduced-price admission to state beaches, parks, museums and forests. Fees will also be waived by the state’s professional and occupational licensing boards. Families will also be eligible for admission to Department of Military and Veterans Affairs homes and hospitals.

In Arkansas, there will be no state income tax on military retirement pay. The state currently exempts active duty military pay from state income taxes. In January, it will be expanded to exempt military retirement pay as well.

Texas and West Virginia will see new election laws in 2018.

Voters in the Lone Star State will be able to cast a ballot without a photo ID if they can show they have a “reasonable impediment” to getting one. In West Virginia, there will be more options on the types of IDs accepted at polling stations. Voters will be able to show traditional forms like drivers’ licenses and passports but will also be able to use non-photo IDs like bank debit cards, utility bills and concealed carry permits.

The new year will offer more protection to workers in New York who go on sick or family leave.

In New York, workers will be eligible for paid family leave to take care of a sick relative or to take care of a newborn, foster or adopted child. The law allows full-time employees eight weeks of time off. The leave period increases to 12 weeks in 2021.

Employers in Washington state will be required to provide paid sick leave to all employees. Under the new law, employees will earn one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours they work.

Kids caught sexting in Colorado will be subjected to a range of punishments including lengthy lectures and courses on the consequences of sharing nude pics online to being charged with a misdemeanor. In severe circumstances, they could be charged with sexual exploitation.

Domestic violence victims in Illinois will soon be able to break their cell phone contracts. The new law also lets survivors keep their phone numbers and save money on related costs for a new account when they leave their abusers.

If the cops catch someone using a handheld cell phone in a school zone in Tennessee, they will be charged with a class C misdemeanor and fined $50.

In 2018, pets will be elevated in status in Illinois. Dogs, cats and other four-legged fur babies will be fair game in custody battles. Judges will be instructed to take into consideration what is best for the animal during divorce proceedings.

The state is also banning elephants from circuses and traveling exhibits.

Oregon is looking to cash in on bike riders in 2018. Bicycle buyers will have to pay a flat $15 fee for each bike they buy that costs more than $200. Businesses will collect the cash during the sale of the bike and turn it over to the state every quarter. Oregon will also bump up its gas tax by four cents per gallon in January. Vehicle registration fees will jump by $13.

And finally, there may be a little more equality coming to women in Illinois in the new year. All dry cleaners, tailors and hair salons in the state will have to present a price list for services if anyone requests it.

“We all know that, historically, women have paid more for dry cleaning, haircuts and tailoring. So this law is really about transparency, and making sure women know what they’re paying for the same services men are receiving,” the bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Melinda Bush said.


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