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Medical and Recreational Marijuana News and Notes 2015 in Oregon; Medical Dispensaries May Now Sell Small Amounts of Marijuana

Recreational Marijuana News in Oregon:

Recreational marijuana will hit the marketplace in Oregon this week on Thursday and the state will stand as one of the four in the U.S. that has passed legislation legalizing recreational marijuana.  According to Oregon state law, adults who are 21 years of age or older may legally possess and use recreational marijuana.

Starting this Thursday, over 200 medical marijuana dispensaries will add sales of recreational marijuana to their list of duties.  This is all being made possible by Measure 91 which was passed as last year came to a close.  Now, almost a year later, recreational sales of marijuana will move foreword.

Measure 91 News and Notes:

There is an interesting twist to the legislation regarding legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon.  According to the legislative language, various counties can still ban marijuana sales if at least 55 percent of the voters in that county oppose legalized marijuana.  This gives local governments a little more control over what happens in their specific county.  Those that wish to gain additional insights into what is happening with Oregon’s marijuana legalization process can visit the website, What’s Legal Oregon.

Basic Regulations on Marijuana in the State of Oregon:

Adults 21 years of age or older can possess and use recreational marijuana, but if you are younger than 21 years, the use of or the possession of marijuana is illegal.  One may grow up to 4 plants per residence and the plants must be grown out of public view.  Once can possess up to 8 ounces of usable marijuana at home and 1 ounce of usable marijuana outside of the home.  Edible products may be made at home or can be received as a gift, but can only be used in private places.  Oregon residents may not take marijuana over state lines for any reason and driving while under the influence of marijuana remains illegal.

Oregon Steps forward with Marijuana Legalization:

It is a very critical time in the United States as states venture down the legal road to medical and recreational marijuana.  As of October 1, 2015, medical dispensaries in Oregon will begin to sell small amounts of recreational marijuana.  Advocates are pleased with the progress, and those against the process of legalization will be watching very closely for missteps or negative consequences.   What happens in Oregon will be used by legislators across the U.S. to either push, or destroy, the legalization agenda in their particular state.

 

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