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