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

Cannabis being sold at Pure Green, one of over 200 dispensaries that will be allowed to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older under SB 460.

Cannabis being sold at Portland’s Pure Green, one of over 200 dispensaries that will be allowed to sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older under SB 460.

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.

– TheJointBlog

3 comments

    • Mitch Lewis on July 23, 2015 at 5:52 am
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    Has the Governor signed this or not?

    • David on July 17, 2015 at 8:38 am
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    Really? The people in Oregon couldn’t wait ? Now, good luck in getting those medical dispensaries back for sick patients who shouldn’t have to wait in a line with a barf-bag behind long lines of partying millennials. . This sounds like something Olympia would have thought of which is not a compliment .

      • Dick Hurtz on July 18, 2015 at 7:48 pm
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      There is PLENTY of weed to go around here in Oregon, David. There are also med stores on almost every block, at least here in Portland. These medical stores are going to experience a nice surge in business until the OLCC stores start selling so be happy for them. And I can guarantee all the good dispensaries will be taking care of their regular patients first. Go smoke yourself a J and stop worrying so much.

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