Guess what? You can now legally toke up in Oregon if you’re over the age of 21. And it’s time to celebrate.
On July 1, 2015, every stoner’s favorite new law went into place in one of the most liberal U.S. states. Now, California is the only West Coast state that lacks recreational cannabis.
As midnight on the last day of June 2015 approached, stoners gathered in Portland. “Five, four, three, two… one!” they chanted as the seconds ticked past. Then, in unison, they lit up in honor of the law.
Legal Process to Recreational Cannabis
Last November, voters passed Measure 91, the legislation that allows Oregonians aged 21 and older to grow up to four plants each at home. Retail shops aren’t yet set up, but politicians think that last winter’s vote should pave the way for a beginning infrastructure by next year. (It took Colorado and Washington some time to put rules for recreational sale into place, too.)
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, or OLCC, will start taking applications for non-dispensary pot shops on January 4, 2016. Likewise, the State Department of Agriculture will oversee the issuance of permits for people who wish to grow industrial hemp, another point of contention for many voters in the legalization world.
If Colorado and Washington are any indication, Oregon’s soon to make a whole lotta dollars in taxes as recreational adult use is implemented throughout the state.
While people still won’t be permitted to smoke recreational pot in public, we expect that law enforcement may turn a blind eye to personal use in places where it’s not totally inappropriate.