Oregon Governor Signs Bill Allowing Recreational Cannabis Sales to Begin October 1st

budAs expected, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has signed Senate Bill 460 into law, allowing recreational cannabis sales to begin on October 1st.

The new law allows currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling cannabis – including seeds and immature plants – to anyone 21 and older starting October 1st. Cannabis sales won’t be taxed.

According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are over 200 dispensaries operating throughout the state, with dozens more planning to open sometime in the near future. Each of these locations will be authorized to sell recreational cannabis once Senate Bill 460 takes effect.

On July 1st in Oregon, the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to four plants, became legal for everyone 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets are allowed under the new law, but won’t be open until mid-to-late next year, according to the Oregon Liquor Commission, the entity tasked with regulating the new industry.

Earlier this month Governor Brown signed into law a separate cannabis-related bill that not only addresses the implementation of Measure 91, it drastically reduces the penalty for most cannabis-related charges, including removing most felonies.

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