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After a 54.8 percent majority win, marijuana is now legal for adult recreational use ages 21 and over in Oregon. In thirty short days, the bill will be certified and will be fully instated by July 1, 2015. Now that Measure 91 has passed, Oregonians will be allowed to possess up to 1 ounce in public and up to 8 ounces at home. Unfortunately, unless you are a medical marijuana patient, you cannot buy marijuana products legally until July 2015.
Oregon is still 14 months out from full-blown legalization and much has yet to be sorted. Despite this glorious victory for those residing in Oregon, issues like the distribution and taxing of seeds have yet to be dealt with and resolved. Right now, medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon are not allowed to sell cannabis seeds. What will that do to the soon-to-be adult recreational marijuana market in 2015? Many amendments must be made to both recreational and medical marijuana laws in this state. Unregulated labs should be Oregon’s top priority and OHA has yet to take on that burden.
Oregon has joined the ranks of Colorado, Washington and now Alaska and Washington D.C. The world is watching, and it is up to us to set the example. Stay tuned because the real work has actually just begun. With the re-election of Governor John Kitzhaber (D) and Jeff Merkley (D) who was the first U.S. senator to support legalization, things will hopefully move forward with ease. Thank you to all those who voted and fought tooth and nail for these hard earned rights. Congratulations Oregon, we did it!
For previous Ladybud Magazine articles focusing on legalization in Oregon, click here!
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