Ok. There is one question we get asked a lot and I think we can clear it up.
“Is Cannabis Legal Yet? Can I buy it at your dispensary?”
Only individuals who are part of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) are allowed to purchase cannabis. Recreational marijuana will not take effect until July 1st, 2015. The catch? You will be able to posses cannabis, but not purchase it. We will not see recreational stores opening soon since the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) has the early half of 2016 to start issuing marijuana business licenses. Additionally, public consumption of cannabis is not allowed under Measure 91. So until then, Oregon’s decriminalization laws still apply; possession of less than 1oz of cannabis is considered a misdemeanor.
So what can you posses on July 1st, 2015? Measure 91 allows adults 21 and over to possess the following amounts of cannabis in these forms:
1 ounce of cannabis extracts (Ex: CO2 oil, BHO, hash, shatter, wax)
8 ounces of flower, limited to 1 ounce on-person in public.
16 ounces of solid cannabis product (Ex: 1lb of medicated brownies)
72 ounces of liquid cannabis product (Ex: A delicious 6 pack of medicated strawberry lemonade)
In addition, you can have up to 4 of your very own cannabis plants per household. Of course, they cannot be in view from public spaces, or within 1,000 ft of a school.
It is very important to build guidelines in regulating this new industry, since we must prevent hasty and poorly-designed policies from being implemented. Measure 91 is meant to give adults safe access to an intoxicant that should have never been prohibited to begin with. It simply allows Oregon adults to obtain something that can be obtained now without having to apply for OMMP cards, or visit our neighbors to the north. In the end, it will be step forward for Oregon and add pressure to end prohibition federally.
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