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Mark and Dave: Time for legal pot ... uh, what were we saying?

The city of Portland announced that it will have an extra $9 million in their budget this coming year. Of course, city officials plan to spend it. Did it ever occur to anyone at City Hall to just gives us all a credit on our water bills? That’s probably where the money came from.

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It’s official: Rocky King sent a letter of resignation to the board of Cover Oregon. Ironic he couldn’t do it online. Now if Oracle would do the same.

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As you may have heard on the Mark & Dave Show, Voodoo Doughnut has launched its own record label. The doughnut shop plans to put out a single once a month. We haven’t heard the music yet, but it’s Voodoo Doughnut — If it’s round with a hole in the middle, you know it’s gonna be good.

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Despite admitting to drunken stupors and smoking crack, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford announced he plans to run for re-election. That’s one good thing you can say about Sam Adams: he knew when to get out.

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Ford plans to unveil a solar-powered concept car. The C-MAX Solar Energi Concept uses a gasoline engine combined with roof-mounted solar panels and will get about 100 mpg. Sounds like a winner — unless you live in sun-starved Oregon.

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Marijuana became legal in Colorado last week. And with it, some interesting new job titles. What do you call the guy who sells you the pot over the counter? A “budtender.” Pretty cute until he has to list it on his next job application.

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If the rollout of legalized marijuana in Colorado is any indication, perhaps Oregon should think twice about joining the fray. First week, purchasers at just one store were offered never-before-heard-of “flavors” such as Amnesia, Sour Diesel, Golden Goat and Green Crack. But many of the newly indoctrinated migrated to the cannabis-enhanced “candy” sections selling Cookies and Cream, Peach Dream, Blueberry Bliss and the Monkey Bar. Other treats included THC-enhanced Juicy Pear, Raspberry, Fruit Loops and Blueberry Strips. Who are these stores actually marketing their product to? We’d hate to imagine what Goody’s would become if pot were legal here.

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One couple reportedly walked out of a Colorado marijuana store with more than $250 in product after their very first visit. And here’s the kicker: They claim they aren’t regular marijuana users. A few hours later they spent more than $300 at the nearby “Snack Attack.”

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The holiday story that gun manufacturers are marketing pink guns to women is already topped in the new year with the announcement that gun manufacturer Mossberg has teamed up with Duck Dynasty to offer a new line of firearms based on the show. The guns feature a “waterfowl pattern” camouflage design and retailers are getting $400 to $900 a copy. Even more proof the recession is over.

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Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is way ahead of Portland when it comes to dealing with the homeless. That city will pay for 22 apartments in which the homeless can live. In other words, they will give the homeless ... a home. The collective cheering you just heard came from Right 2 Dream Too. The groan came from City Hall, no doubt feeling one-upped, for the time being.

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The lifestyle bloggers at Thrillist put PDX, where Laurelwood and Rogue Ales now boast their brews, in their top five airports for beer snobs. It’s nice that our airport boasts local singularities, and our microbrews are a big part of the Portland culture. Let’s hope it stops there and doesn’t extend to our town’s No. 1 form of entertainment and any future announcement that PDX is opening a strip club — we have enough strip downs from TSA.

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Listen up Snapchat fans:

You may have been hacked. News broke last week that the private information of 4.6 million accounts may have been hacked by a group hoping to shine a light on the glaring lack of Internet security. Don’t you find it odd that people who go online and post every photo they’ve ever taken and share every detail of their daily life, complain the loudest when someone learns something about them?

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Samsung plans to make a 110-inch TV with four times the resolution of standard HD. The cost — $150,000. If you are like us, for that much money you want the TV to make the popcorn, open the beer, and turn itself off after you fall asleep.

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Some bad news; if you made a New Year’s resolution, statistically today is the day you finally break it. One week is the national average. Just thought you’d like to know you’re not alone. Unless you live in Colorado, then you forgot you ever made a resolution.

Listen to the Mark & Dave Show from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays on KPAM AM 860.