Oregon: Law Takes Effect Permitting Adults To Consume Cannabis

Thursday, 02 July 2015

Oregon: Law Takes Effect Permitting Adults To Consume Cannabis

Salem, OR: Legislation took effect on Wednesday permitting adults to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use.

Fifty-six percent of state voters approved Measure 91 in November, which allows those over the age of 21 to legally possess up to one ounce of cannabis and/or to engage in the non-commercial cultivation of up to four marijuana plants (yielding up to eight ounces of marijuana). The law also permits adults to possess up to a pound of cannabis-infused edibles, 72 ounces of cannabis-infused liquids, and/or one ounce of marijuana concentrates.

Separate regulations allowing for the licensed production and retail sale of cannabis to adults have yet to be finalized by lawmakers. Legislation is under consideration to permit adults to temporarily purchase cannabis from state-licensed medical dispensaries as soon as the fall.

State-licensed recreational retailers are not anticipated to be operational until mid-to-late 2016.

Oregon is the fourth state - joining Alaska, Colorado, and Washington - to permit adults to legally possess limited quantities of marijuana for their own personal use. The District of Columbia also allows adults to possess and grow marijuana legally. All of these measures were enacted by the passage of voter initiatives.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org. Additional information is available from Portland NORML: http://portlandnorml.org/.