Oregon Governor Kate Brown plans to sign into law legislation allowing recreational cannabis sales to begin October 1st, according to an anonymous source from within the governor’s office.
Senate Bill 460, which was approved by the House of Representatives 40 to 19 and by the Senate 23 to 6, allows currently operating medical cannabis dispensaries to begin selling cannabis to anyone 21 and older starting October 1st. Cannabis sales won’t be taxed, though only a quarter of an ounce can be purchased at a time. In addition to dried flower, dispensaries will be authorized to sell cannabis seeds and immature plants. According to the Oregon Health Authority, there are 222 dispensaries operating throughout the state, with dozens more planning to open sometime in the near future.
On July 1st, 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 expected to open next year, but not until the summer. Once these outlets are up and running, dispensaries will no longer be authorized to sell cannabis to non-patients.
Governor Brown recently signed into law a bill that not only addresses the implementation of Measure 91, it drastically reduces the penalty for most cannabis-related charges, including removing most felonies.