One Week from Today Cannabis Will be Legal in Oregon

cannabis11One week from today, on July 1st, recreational cannabis will become legal for those 21 and older in Oregon, thanks to the voter-approved initiative Measure 91.

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.

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Cannabis Seed Giveaway Occurring in Oregon on July 1st to Celebrate Legalization Taking Effect

seedsgiveawaySimilar 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.

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In Three Weeks Oregon Will Become the Fourth State with Legal Cannabis

flowerWe’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.

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Oregon Senate Passes Regressive Medical Cannabis Proposal with 29 to 1 Vote

purpleplantIn an overwhelming 29 to 1 vote, Oregon’s full Senate has approved a proposal – Senate Bill 964 – that would drastically alter the state’s medical cannabis law. Although the laws are logistically quite different, the measure, and why proponents are supporting it, resembles the recent dismantling of Washington State’s medical cannabis law.

If passed by the state’s House of Representatives, and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown (or allowed to become law without her signature), the bill would limit the number of cannabis plants that may be grown at any garden, regardless of the number of patients participating in the garden, or the number of patients the garden serves. The limit would be set at 12 mature plants within city limits, and 48 plants outside of city limits. If the grow site was registered before January 1st of this year, they would be authorized to grow up to 96 mature plants.

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In 5 Weeks, the Most Progressive Cannabis Possession Law in the World Will take Effect

oregIn 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.

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Oregon Court of Appeals Rules Police Intercepting Mail for Drug Dog Test is Unlawful

dogsniffIt’s illegal for police and U.S. postal inspectors to intercept packages and have a police dog test it simply because they believe it contains contraband, according to a new ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

The ruling, which will likely put an end to a long-standing police practice of intercepting mail without first obtaining a search warrant, came forth over a case where Portland police and a U.S. postal inspector intercepted a package headed to a Southeast Portland home because they believe it contained contraband, something a drug dog later confirmed. This led to the arrest of 26 year old Max Barnthouse.

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Oregon Senator Announces Effort to Begin Legal Recreational Cannabis Sales this October

cannabisjointandbudOregon 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.

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Oregon: Cannabis Possession and Cultivation Becomes Legal on July 1st

In a little over 50 days, on July 1st, the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis will officially become legal for thoseoregon 21 and older in the State of Oregon.

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.

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Oregon Bill to Allow Expungement of Certain Cannabis Convictions Passes Senate

Oregon’s fulloregon Senate has passed Senate Bill 364, a proposal to allow for the expungement of certain cannabis convictions committed before July 1st, 2013, when the state’s cannabis policies were altered.

Senate Bill 364, which received only 3 “No” votes (all of which were Republicans); “Requires court to consider marijuana offenses committed before July 1, 2013, to be classified as if conduct occurred on July 1, 2013, when determining if person is eligible for order setting aside conviction”. It also; “Authorizes court to enter judgment of conviction for misdemeanor when person convicted of certain marijuana offenses successfully completes probation.”

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Initiative to Legalize Cannabis Approved by Oregon Voters

Oregonoregon 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.

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