Oregon: Midnight Tonight — Law Takes Effect Permitting Adults To Consume Cannabis

Legislation takes effect at midnight tonight 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 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 retailers are not anticipated to be operational until mid-to-late 2016.

(In the interim, Portland NORML and others are engaging in seed giveaways tonight and tomorrow.)

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.

21 thoughts

  1. A thought for those who reside in Oregon or other state where growing is permitted– go on line an check out websites which offer advice on growing, and spend some intense hours studying– then any time in conversation someone discusses their interest in getting started, sapeak up and refer them to the advice you found to be most helpful/clarifying.

    An ounce (28.35 grams) of cannabis after sifting and removal of seeds (flowerPot) and stems (teaPot) should be enough for at least 900 single tokes in a flexdrawtube one-hitter. Now go to that free wiki article on How to Make Pipes from Everyday Objects and study how to start up a handwork industry and create Jobs in Oregon or wherever.

    PS if you run out of Pot surely you can find The Original, i.e. some Oregano, isn’t that the state herb of Oregon?

  2. This is a step in the right direction, and we should all take our hats off to the Norml and all the hard working people making these great steps foreword. But keep on mind in all the states that took this great step foreword your life can still be turned upside down if you fail a drug test because I believe you could still lose your job. Also keep in mind if Chris Christie gets in office I think he will crush all these great steps foreword. This man in my opinion does not believe in WE THE PEOPLE.

  3. Is freedom and progress and Individual liberty cherished more on the west side of the Mississippi. Their dominos are falling. Who will step forward and become the first state East of the big river to stand up against big Pharma, the AMA, and the prison Industry?

  4. @Gene – I think that Chris Christie believes in eating – a lot!

    Him and Jeb Bush are both bullies that would greatly enjoy locking even more cannabis users up for their safe choice of medicine or recreation. Trump is no better but I think he has such little chance of winning that we don’t have to worry about him.

  5. I’m sure with all of this “crime” no longer crime the Police force will be reduced proportionately?

  6. Bob, the police will be more effective at fighting crime when they no longer have to pay attention to marijuana users. There is no connection between making marijuana legal and firing Police Officers. You’re being an idiot telling the police to continue to fighting against Legal Marijuana by scaring them for no reason. Thanks for nothing.

  7. A friend of my community was just murdered two days ago, along with his wife. How fucking dare you say we don’t need police working real crimes???

  8. @Gene and Judy

    I’m getting a little tired of people who look like Chris Christie presuming to tell me how to live. I’m 66 and still run wind sprints at the track. That’s nothing, octogenarian Willie Nelson got a high level black belt in some martial arts discipline a year or so ago.

    Congress has changed over the last year. You can find intelligent discussions on CSPAN – not the vitriolic rancor that has possessed the institution since Obama’s election. The GOP in particular is anxious to demonstrate it can actually run a country after its recent brinkmanship.

    I saw some of Christie’s announcement of his candidacy. He emphasized COMPROMISE to get things done and spoke of being an effective Republican governor in a blue state. I’m tired of the wing nuts on both sides. I want to hear about working together.

    Unfortunately Christie possesses a reefer madness attitude I will absolutely, positively NOT vote for.

    Donald Trump is a boorish, self-absorbed show biz lout. I’ve been encouraging folks to vote pro-weed as their main issue. With Trump, I’d make an exception. I will not vote for him even if he promises to legalize weed on day one of his administration. I’m not exactly Mr. Joe Patriot, but I would not give a President Trump command of the good ol’ USA.

  9. Now let’s take the money spent on drug enforcement and devote it toward helping all the people who have been harmed by drug abuse.

  10. Chris Christie is going to be in the Whitehouse if a Rebublican wins the election. He might even be the Attorney General. If not, he will be in the Cabinet in some other position. That is where he has been working on being his whole life. Deals have already been made and Christie has already gotten millions and millions for Rebublicans throughout the country. The only to stop him from getting in is to make sure a Rebublican does not win in the first place.

  11. To be more specific, what should be retired is and/or downgraded is the DEA. They go around the country teaching local and state cops how to legally be corrupt turds.

  12. @ Dave Evans, totally agree with your last statement.

    I personally cannot see that blowhard Christie making it to the White House. The man absolutely oozes slime and corruption. If he ever did win, we will pine for the days when all Baby Bush did was wreck the economy and lead 3,000 U.S. troops to their deaths in Iraq (and create ISIS in the process!)

    However, because the American voter isn’t the most intelligent creature on this side of the galaxy, I suppose anything could happen–like a Scott Walker presidency and Susana Martinez VP. If that ever happens, say goodbye to legal pot until 2020 or 2024.

  13. Congrats Oregon. Lead the way out of darkness will place you among the first instead of the last. LEO would have to give back most of what they have been taking from the american people to balance those books.

  14. No politician, Republican or Democrat will ever be able to turn this tide once in office. These wins are akin to Roe vs Wade, albeit at state levels, and the repercussions of a 10th amendment battle, with the feds losing a most gruesome defeat in supreme court, would yield country wide legalization.
    All polls indicate this fight is already over, it is just a matter of time. The feds know this, hence have not even hinted at the idea of suppression of states rights regarding marijuana.
    There are only two things left to do.
    Continue pushing for legalization in every state, until Congress has no choice but to yield and remove all candidates who are not staunchly in support of regulating marijuana like an organic food crop.
    We, the people, have the power to create the change we desire.

  15. I’ve been a little concerned about how the next election will affect the progress that’s been made on marijuana reform but, after reading every bodies comments, its been very refreshing & reinvigorating!
    I’ve recently had a right ankle replacement, after that gets healed-up, I’m making a long awaited move to the great state of Oregon. I can’t begin to tell you how much I’m looking foreword to it! I’m originally from north-east Indiana, good growing conditions but, some brutal winters! I’m looking foreword to making some new friends out on the west coast & getting more involved with organizations like NORML.
    Thanks, for every bodies hard earned work against this arbitrary prohibition of this beautiful, wonderes & always surprising beneficial plant we know as marijuana!

  16. Congratulations to ALL of you in Oregon who voted for freedom and freedom of choice. GROW it and share the bounty like we did in the 60’s. In Hawaii it’s called the Ohana way. (the family way)

  17. We are leaving the nasty south Florida to drive back home to live in Oregon where we can celebrate true freedom at 62 an 42 to live our lives out in peace.

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