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Pot in action. Repealing a ban imposed just five months earlier, Deschutes County commissioners voted to allow sales of recreational and medical marijuana. The repeal ordiance, however, may not go into effect untli September, leaving purveyors in unincorporated Deschutes County out on a limb. Read more from the Bend Bulletin.
Uber boot. Officially weirder than Portland, Austin has successfully done what Portland tried and failed to do — kick out Uber. Rather than face regulation, and fingerprint its drivers, Uber and Lyft cancelled service and left town. The New York Times explains how Austin defeated the ride-share giant.
Tech on the move. Amidst announcements of layoffs in the tech industry, Portland-based Simple — a virtual bank — is running the opposite way. The company announced it will move from its office in the Pearl to the Industrial Eastside, housing at least 500 employees. Read more here.
Taxing gas. Under consideration by Portland voters everywhere, a temporary gas tax initiative has been deemed likely to pass. The 10 cent per gallon tax is projected to raise $58 million in four years. OPB's poll results are here.
3D Vacation. In a partnership with Matterport, the booming Portland-based Vacasa has launched an effort to phorograph each of its 3,500 rental homes in 3D by the close of summer. Utilizing the immersive technology could change how vacation-seekers pick their home away from home. The Portland Tribune has more.
Desert innovation. Tesla founder Elon Musk spent Wednesday in a Nevada desert, testing publically his Hyperloop — a transportation system designed to move passengers through tubes at high speeds. Think Futurama's tube system, but more sophisticated. Check out the demo at NPR.