Marion County Judge Says Oracle Can’t Fit Any More Lawyers in Courtroom

Oracle America Inc. and the state of Oregon don’t like each other much.

That dislike is evident in many aspects of the ongoing legal dispute about who’s to blame for the $300 million failure of Cover Oregon, the online health insurance exchange Oracle built for the state.

On Monday, Marion County Court Judge Courtland Geyer rejected what is normally a routine request from Oracle—that one of its out-of-state lawyers be allowed to appear on behalf of the computer company.

When a lawyer who is not a member of the Oregon bar wants to represent a client in an Oregon court, he or she files a pro hac vice application. As long as the lawyer is a member in good standing of another state’s bar, the request is typically granted.

But on Sept. 28, Judge Geyer rejected a request for a Washington, D.C.-based Oracle lawyer named Matthew Haws to appear in the case in which the state is suing Oracle over Cover Oregon.

Guyer noted that the courtroom has a capacity of 56. The state plans to have seven lawyers, which is a modest contingent compared to Oracle’s legal team of four Oregon lawyers and 13 out-of-staters.

“The Oracle defendants representation of the maximum occupant load is already disproportionate,” Geyer wrote in a Sept. 28 order. “There will be no additional Pro Hac Vice admissions on behalf of the Oracle Defendants.”

That’s a minor procedural issue and a sidebar to the overarching question of who knew what and when about the failed exchange.

Oracle continues to press for information and specifically emails that former Gov. John Kitzhaber wrote and received using a private email account.

In a Sept. 29 letter, Oracle’s general counsel, Dorian Daley, bashed Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum for the state’s failure to produce copies of those Kitzhaber emails contained in an account referred to as “hundredth meridian.” (Rosenblum’s agency, the Oregon Department of Justice, is serving as the counsel for Gov. Kate Brown, who is the custodian of the disputed emails.)

Oracle requested the emails five months ago, contending that since the emails were archived on a state-owned server and concerned public business they are public records and must be produced. The company’s position is consistent with Oregon law, but Kitzhaber has argued that the emails were accidentally placed on a state server and has threatened to sue the state if the emails are given to Oracle.

In her letter, Daley says the threat of a lawsuit should not trump public records law.

“Because Gov. Brown is taking the position that she cannot produce the Hundredth Meridian emails because of former Governor Kitzhaber’s threat of litigation and because Governor Brown has withheld many of the Governor Kitzhaber emails for various exemptions, Oracle intends to file suit against Governor Brown and former Governor Kitzhaber for violations of the public records law within seven days from today’s date,” Daley writes.

Today, Rosenblum responded to to the Oracle lawyer, writing “your threat to file yet another lawsuit is frivolous and unnecessary.”

Rosenblum denied the state is dragging its feet or failing to comply with the public records law.

“The former governor takes the position that the state is not permitted to review the “Hundredth Meridian” email account,” she wrote. “The state is well within its rights to proceed cautiously while providing Oracle with records as it can.”

Portland Canna Connection

1515 SE 46th Ave., 477-9247.

Near Float On and down the street from glass partner Third Eye Shoppe, this place accepts cards without any sort of fee. Product comes mostly from local caregiver and patient excess, which means great variety of but not a consistent supply of specific strains. The patient area has leather couches that one might expect to see in front of an N64 with Mario Kart, but alas, the living-room setup is more for decoration than use. It’d be a great place to burn one down, if regulation ever loosened up enough.

Portland Medicine Pot

5135 NW St. Helens Road, 208-2454, portlandmedicinepot.com. Cash only.

If you drive out on U.S. 30 toward the coast, about a mile before you hit the St. Johns bridge, look up to the left. You’ll see a perilously steep driveway topped by a small cottage dispensary with the SEO-friendly name Portland Medicine Pot. There’s no especially safe way to get to Portland Medicine Pot, as there is no westbound turning lane and only the faintest suggestion of an eastbound shoulder on which to decelerate from highway speeds. However, for those who make it safely to the building, the reward is worth it. Taking a boutique approach, Portland Medicine Pot offers a wide array of artisanal smokeware, vaporizers and even salted caramel-weed ice cream. It also carries 35-40 strains of primarily indoor-grown local bud, with pricing structured from $5 “schwag bags” to “platinum level” strains with top-shelf prices. For every ounce of pot purchased, Portland Medicine Pot will donate a hand-knit hat to Portland Rescue Mission.

Portland Best Buds

8900 N Wall Ave., 954-1862, portlandbestbuds.com. Cash only.

Tucked away in a remodeled bodega on a residential side street off Lombard, this neighborhood dispensary cuts an unassuming profile. While many dispensaries claim to be neighborhood-oriented, it’s hard to beat being so neighborhood-oriented that you’re the only business in sight. Fun fact: Portland Best Buds is owned by Paul Pedreira, one of the assistant directors on NBC’s fantasy-drama Grimm, and is Pedreira’s first foray into the cannabis industry. Seven weeks after its July 10 opening, Portland Best Buds had nine strains of all indoor-grown cannabis. In addition to whole flower, it also carried a high-quality, if not comprehensive, sampling of different oils, tinctures, topical ointments, edibles and beverages, but no glass. Pedreira says he hopes to expand this selection as traffic in the store increases. Store manager Michael Kinney says Portland Best Buds avoids the $4-gram bottom-barrel discount strains, adding, “as you get older you become comfortable spending that extra $3-$4 for a bottle of wine because you realize it’s going to make you a whole lot happier than the cheapest possible option.”

Plane Jane’s

10530 NE Simpson St., planejanesdispensary.com.

This lady-owned shop themed for World War II pinups is one of the more smartly located shops in the city—they’re right by the Portland Airport, primed for the layover tourists and business conference crowds. In a little red ranch house that looks like a one-time farmer’s market (but which was actually a fiber-optics company), Jane’s keeps its bud in the same fat jars as bulk candy stores, with stickers color-coded for hybrid- indica-sativa and clearly marking the THC and CBD content in cartoon font over a jetliner. It also places its Golden XTRX vapes front and center. Which is to say, the shop’s very friendly to first-timers. Roll in Saturday, and get free samples and shatter discounts.

Panacea

6714 NE Sandy Blvd., 477-5083,
panaceapdx.com. Credit, debit or cash.

Upon entering the art gallery/reception area, a space-age, holographic glass exhibition suspended from the ceiling reminds you that times have changed. There’s an Atlantic and an Inc. magazine on the coffee table, and the Eclipse Farm-Ecology concentrates, ginger-granola bites and matcha-sesame truffles are presented with clean-lined flair or in curvilinear glass. The pinkies-up ambience is a bit disorienting; you feel obligated to resist swearing, or fear an alarm might go off if you were to touch any product displays. But the flower from Panacea Valley Gardens, Greenwise and Wildfire Farms is top-of-the-line quality, and the dispensary promises to donate 10 percent of profits to social justice organizations. There’s a permanent 30 percent discount section with a variety of gourmet products. Also of note: On Oct. 1, Alaskan ex-newscaster Charlo Greene, who famously quit her job and came out as a grower on live TV, will make an appearance. 

Pakalolo

1528 SE Holgate Blvd., 369-8955, pakalolopdx.com. Cash only.

Although the cuteness of this Hawaiian slang term for weed is enough for an attractive gimmick, you truly are entering a tropical refuge when you walk through the doors of sea-foam green Pakalolo. The warm atmosphere is framed with melon-colored walls and a friendly pair of owner-budtenders who lived in Maui and wanted to bring some sunshine to our rainy city. The concentrate menu features PDXtracts and Pangea Organics, and the dozen or so strains are almost outshone by perhaps the fattest pre-rolls in town. Although there are only two parking spaces onsite, you’ll get a 5 percent discount if you show your ticket stub from the Orange MAX Line.

Powell House Cannabis Club (Chalice Farms)

5311 SE Powell Blvd., 788-9999, powellhousecannabisclub.com.

This shop uses its small space on Southeast Powell Boulevard with product presentation in mind, which means there’s an extremely cozy (almost cramped) reception area and a spacious, relaxing budroom. Founded by the high-end Chalice Farms crew, the shop also carries quality flower from Nug Run and Eco Firma Farms, each jar displayed behind glass counters so customers can judge the buds for themselves. The shop is also a great destination for edible fans and the like—there’s a selection of Gummiez that looks like the impulse-buy rack of a Walgreens, plus a sizeable selection of grape and orange sodas, not to mention THC-rich robot candy figurines and a 91 percent THC wax concentrate by Crash Gardens that goes for a mere $32 a gram. Chalice will soon also open a westside shop in Tigard, at 16735 SW Pacific Highway.

Oregon’s Best Meds

10128 E Burnside St., 477-6757, oregonsbestmeds.com. Cash only.

The bars on the windows, seemingly left over from the previous liquor or late-night convenience store, hide a plush waiting room not unlike that of a blood-testing facility or national clinic. While the product area looks temporary and rushed, the smattering of glass, the candy and sea-salt-almond edibles and the super-low gram bud prices will distract you from any judgment. Look for owner-grown strains from as low as $4 per gram, with most in the still-affordable $5 to $6 range. The tiny, dense buds aren’t all the most visually appealing, but it’s hard to complain at these low prices.

Oregon Weedery

2312 NW Kearney St., 750-4594,
portlanddispensary.net. Cash only.

This Northwest neighborhood spot is one of the clearest examples of marijuana going mainstream. The line for Salt & Straw snakes around the
opposite block and the dispensary is located above a nail salon. You walk past a line of
people getting pedicures and the scent of high-acetone products follows you up the stairway into the cozy space. The atmosphere reminds one of a used-book store, with Persian rugs and cushy chairs in the waiting room and striking abstract paintings on the walls. The selection is on the smaller side, with a dozen or so strains at $10 a gram. They carry in-house Happy Bud Farms—plus 7 Point Farms and a few others—and there are a handful of edible and topical options, including Luminous Botanicals’ Cannabis Cure-All and Drip ice cream. Only a few concentrate options are available, but the high-quality shatter from House Flower at $15 a gram adds oomph to the oil menu. Something we can all look forward to, depending on the details of recreational laws, is a balcony adjacent to the budroom with a view of 23rd Avenue.