Under the new law, which is one of the most progressive in the world, everyone 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to an ounce of cannabis in public, or up to eight ounces (half a pound) at a private residence. Those 21+ will also be authorized to cultivate up to four plants for personal use.
Beginning midnight on July 1st, those 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis at a private residence, or up to an ounce of cannabis in public. In addition, adults will be authorized to cultivate up to four cannabis plants for personal use.
Similar to events held recently in Washington D.C., Stoney Girl Gardens and Portlandsterdam University are holding a free cannabis seed giveaway on July 1st to celebrate the legalization of cannabis taking effort in Oregon.
The event, which is open to everyone 21 and older (with a valid ID), will begin on July 1st at 9am, and will run for 12 hours until 9pm. Although its on a first-come first-serve basis, those behind the event plan to have enough seeds to supply to everyone that shows up. It’s expected that they’ll be giving away thousands of free seeds.
We’re now only three weeks away until July 1st, the day that cannabis possession and cultivation becomes legal in Oregon for those 21 and older. This is thanks to portions of Measure 91, approved by voters last year, taking effect.
As part of the new law, adults will be legally allowed to possess up to half a pound of cannabis (eight ounces) at a private residence, or up to an ounce in public. Those 21 and older will also be allowed to cultivate up to four cannabis plants for personal use.
In just five weeks, on Wednesday, July 1st, the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis will become legal in Oregon. The new law, which allows everyone 21 and older to possess up to half a pound of cannabis at a private residence (an ounce in public), will be the most progressive in the world in terms of how much cannabis an individual is allowed have in their possession.
To put it in perspective, if you’re caught with half a pound of cannabis in Washington State (anything over 40 grams), you can be charged with a class C felony, and imprisoned for up to five years (the same is true in Alaska). In Colorado, possessing half a pound is a misdemeanor with a potential year-long jail sentence.
Oregon State Senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) has announced that he’s working on a proposal that would allow legal recreational cannabis sales to begin on October 1st, months before outlets are expected to open under the new system approved by voters last year (Measure 91).
The proposal would allow currently operating medical cannabis facilities to distribute recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older starting on October 1st. Consumers would be authorized to purchase up to eight ounces of cannabis, and up to four cannabis plants.
Specifically, those 21 and older, beginning July 1st, will be legally authorized to possess up to eight ounces of cannabis (half a pound), and cultivate up to four cannabis plants for personal use. This is due to portions of Measure 91, approved by voters in November, becoming law.
The Oregon Liquor Commission has until January 1st, 2016 to establish rules and regulations for cannabis retail outlets, which are expected to open by mid-2016. These outlets will be locations where anyone 21 and older can purchase cannabis, including seeds and plants.
Oregon’s Department of Agriculture has approved rules and regulations for the industrial hemp industry, and officially began accepting applications this week from those wanting to grow hemp. The cultivation of industrial hemp was legalized through last year’s passage of Measure 91.
Officials at the Department of Agriculture hope that with the rules being approved now, farmers will be in a position to begin planting seeds in the spring. Those wanting to do so will need to pay a $1,500 licensing fee, and will need to maintain a THC level of 0.3% or lower for all of their crops.
Oregon’s Emergency Board approved a loan of $583,000 yesterday to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission so that it can begin implementation of an initiative approved by voters in November which legalizes the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed sales of recreational cannabis.
The money will help the Oregon Liquor Control Commission – the entity tasked with regulating the new industry – with hiring new staff, procuring legal advice and beginning outreach efforts. The goal is to have the Commission pay back the money to the state by the end of the 2015-17 budget cycle.
Oregon voters have given approval to Measure 91, making the state the third in the nation to legalize recreational cannabis.
Measure 91, which will allow everyone 21 and older to possess and use up to eight ounces (half a pound) of cannabis, as well as cultivate up to four plants, will go into effect on July 1st. The Oregon Liquor Commission will then have until January 1st, 2016 to establish rules and regulations for cannabis retail outlets, and will be required to begin accepting applications for such businesses three days later.