Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Now Legal, Recreational Marijuana Use in Oregon

Posted on 06-30-2015 by
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Effective July 1, 2015, the state of Oregon is jumping on the legalized, marijuana band wagon with approval of Measure 91, which passed with 56.11 percent of the vote. Ballot Measure 91, better known as the “Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014,” was a citizen initiative sponsored by Anthony Johnson and New Approach Oregon.

While Measure 91 makes marijuana legal within the state of Oregon medical marijuana has been legal since 1998, with the approval of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act is administered by the Oregon Health Authority under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP). Currently, there are 300+ licensed medical marijuana dispensaries and 70,000+ medical marijuana cardholders in Oregon currently.

Some interesting facts about recreational marijuana in Oregon under Measure 91:

    • Adults over 21 may possess up to 1 ounce of cannabis in a public place, 8 ounces in their home, and may have up to 4 marijuana plants per household.
      • Possession by persons under age 21 is a Class C felony.
  • Retail sales are delayed until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission creates regulatory framework for a retail industry.
    • The OLCC has stated that it will allow licensed retailers to open in the second half of 2016.
    • Medical dispensaries have petitioned the Legislature to provide for limited retail sales from licensed medical dispensaries until retailers are able to open.
  • Use of marijuana while driving is a Class B traffic violation.
  • Marijuana may not be offered as a prize in any lottery, raffle, contest, etc.
  • The Governor may revoke all marijuana licenses during a state of emergency.
  • Marijuana may not be imported into or exported out of Oregon.
  • A person may not give or sell marijuana to an intoxicated person or a minor.

 In addition, a similar initiative was rejected by the Oregon voters at the 2012 election (Measure 80); while the present initiative was pursued after the Legislature failed to sponsor the measure. The newly enacted sections have not yet been codified into the Oregon Revised Statutes by the Oregon Legislative Counsel. They will be incorporated into the 2015 ORS when it is released.

Source: Everything you need to know about legal marijuana in Oregon (Q&A) via Oregon Live.

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Posted on : 2 Jul 2015 10:47 AM

After this regulation, I am curious to see as to how the officials are going to control the purchasing and distribution!

Posted on : 2 Jul 2015 12:37 PM

It will be interesting to see the long term impact in regards to city, state, and federal economics.  Additionally I could see this having a more positive effect on the inter-community relationships between police officers and citizens.

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