The Oregon Legislature’s House-Senate cannabis committee has voted to approve Senate Bill 460, a proposal to allow currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling recreational cannabis this year. This would give consumers a legal means of purchasing the plant, which becomes legal to possess and cultivate next week on July 1st, prior to outlets opening next year.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which is tasked with licensing recreational cannabis outlets, has said that shops won’t be open until at least next summer, prompting lawmakers to propose allowing dispensaries to sell the plant for recreational purposes sooner, so to not push people to the black-market. Senate Bill 460 would allow recreational users to purchase up to a quarter of an ounce of dried cannabis a day from dispensaries. They could also buy seeds and immature plants.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are 222 dispensaries that are currently open and operating throughout the state. In total, the Authority has issued 310 dispensary licenses, with 90 applications currently pending.
Senate Bill 460 was passed out of committee unanimously.