Oregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

oregon-marijuanaIn the November 2014 election, the people of Oregon voted in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use. All adults over the age of 21 in Oregon will be allowed to possess, cultivate, and use marijuana legally under state law.

As of July 1, 2015, all adults over the age of 21 in Oregon (including non-residents) will be able to :

  • Possess up to eight ounces (half of a pound) of marijuana flower in their home.
  • Possess up to one ounce of marijuana flower in a public place.
  • Grow up to four total marijuana plants in their household.
  • Possess up to 1 pound of solid edibles (about 10 chocolate bars).
  • Possess up to 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquid (about six 12-ounce sodas).
  • Possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana extract.
  • Give as a gift (without compensation) up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, or 72 ounces of marijuana products in liquid form to other individuals 21 and older.
  • Purchase up to one ounce of marijuana flower, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, or 72 ounces of marijuana products in liquid form from properly registered businesses.


While the law will go into effect in July of 2015, the state’s liquor commission has until January 1, 2016, to adopt regulations for the implementation of the law. On January 4, 2016, the liquor commission is required to begin accepting applications for marijuana business licenses.

Oregon will tax marijuana flower sold by cannabis producers at $35 per ounce. The revenue generated from the tax on legal marijuana will go to fund schools, mental health treatment, alcohol and drug abuse programs, and law enforcement agencies.

For more coverage on the passage of Measure 91 in Oregon, visit oregonlive.com .

 

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