Oregon’s full Senate has voted 23 to 6 to pass Senate Bill 460, a measure that would allow recreational cannabis sales to begin this October. The measure was passed on the eve of legalization taking effect.
Senate Bill 460 would allow currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling cannabis – including seeds and immature plants – to anyone 21 and older starting October 1st. Although those 21+ can possess up to an ounce of cannabis, or up to half a pound at a private residence, the new bill would only allow the purchase of up to seven grams, and dispensaries would no longer be able to distribute the plant once recreational outlets open next year.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are 222 dispensaries that are currently open and operating throughout the state.