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From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high'

From plant to pill: 'We're not getting children high' »Play Video
Used to treat seizures, the oil derived from the CBD straing of marijuana is low is THC - the compound that causes marijuana's "high" - and high in CBD, a compound believed to have therapeutic benefit.

The marijuana plant grown for seizure patients like 8-year-old Forrest Smelser is special, Jim Murphy with TJ's Organic Gardens said.

He said that unlike marijuana plants grown with a high THC level in mind - the psychoactive ingredient responsible for marijuana's "high" - Forrest's plant has less than 1 percent of THC.

"We're not getting children high. We're just giving them medicine, and that's what makes this plant special," he said. "It has a very low THC, and very high CBD."

Murphy said the plant has been given the name CBD, an acronym for another active cannabinoid in marijuana known as cannabidiol. CBD is the chemical believed to be treating seizure patients like Forrest.

Full-day K in 4J to start in 2015: 'This is an exciting moment'

Full-day K in 4J to start in 2015: 'This is an exciting moment' »Play Video

Parents may have a little more time to do the things they need to do before they pick up their kindergartener from school next year.

On Wednesday night, the Eugene 4J School Board approved the implementation of full-day kindergarten at all of its elementary schools.

"This is an exciting moment," Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman said Thursday. "This is a significant advantage for a student's growth and development."

'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?'

'There’s a house next door for sale. Who’s going to want to buy it?' »Play Video
The house at 4490 Jessen Drive, near Golden Gardens City Park

Steve Arbuckle walks his dog past the house at 4490 Jessen Drive near Golden Gardens City Park every day.

“The big thing I look at is, it’s not going to get better if it stays," he said of the vacant house covered in gang graffiti. "There’s a house next door for sale, a nice house - who’s going to want to buy it?”

GMO Measure 92 failing by 4,149 votes

The vote count on Measure 92 as of November 20 shows it failing 50.14 percent to 49.86 percent. The .28 percent difference is not enough to trigger an automatic recount under Oregon Revised Statue 258.290.

Father turns himself in after taking daughter against custody ruling

Father turns himself in after taking daughter against custody ruling
Paul and Reagan Bute

Seven-year-old Reagan Bute is safe after her father turned himself in to Ashland Police Thursday morning. Paul Bute picked his daughter up early from school Wednesday morning, which was a violation of a custody ruling handed down later that day.

Police issue citations to people illegally camped in Eugene

Police issue citations to people illegally camped in Eugene »Play Video
Police cited 9 people for illegal camping

Police issued citations Wednesday to people illegally camped at Sixth Avenue and Mill Street.

Shortly after the tents popped up at the Sixth and Mill location, police posted a sign that said "no camping."

It's been over a week, and not only have those campers not left - more have set up camp.

Kids OK after bus collides with loaded log truck

Kids OK after bus collides with loaded log truck »Play Video

A school bus with children on board collided with a loaded log truck Wednesday morning.

Juvenile detention supervisor convicted of drug charge, official misconduct

Juvenile detention supervisor convicted of drug charge, official misconduct
An excerpt of a Facebook conversation between Lucymae Watson and David Van Lier, as submitted in a detective's sworn affidavit to Lane County Circuit Court.

A supervisor at the county juvenile detention center was found guilty of possession of heroin and official misconduct Wednesday.

Springfield Police car involved in 4-car crash

Springfield Police car involved in 4-car crash »Play Video

No one was seriously injured when a car hit a police cruiser, sending it crashing into two other vehicles Tuesday.

'It can be a death sentence for my child'

'It can be a death sentence for my child' »Play Video
Kayla Goodrich

Some mothers in Coos Bay say they're concerned about their students in the South Coast Education Service District after a mother of an adaptive life skills student at Blossom Gulch Elementary said her daughter was lost at school on October 1st, allegedly wandering off campus and up a hill before school officials noticed.