Oregon’s historic Measure 91 was voted into legislation this past Tuesday which has a lot of Americans scratching their heads and asking, “So what now?” We’ve answered some of the most common questions here:
Q: Am I allowed to smoke weed in Oregon?
A: Not yet.
Q: When can I legally possess marijuana?
A: Starting on July 1, 2015, Oregon residents can possess have up to a half pound of marijuana or four plants per household.
Q: How much can I carry in public?
A: Up to 1 ounce.
Q: Can I smoke in public?
Q: Wil there be coffee shops where I can smoke?
Q: When will retail stores be be opening?
A: Applications for retail stores will be accepted Jan. 4, 2016.
Q: What is the legal age for consumption?
A: 21 years old.
Q: Who is in charge of the marijuana program?
A: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will be responsible for the taxation, licensing, and regulation of recreational marijuana.
Q: Does Measure 91 affect Oregon’s medical marijuana program?
Q: Will I be able to transport marijuana between Oregon and Washington?
A: No, marijuana will not be permitted to cross state lines.
Q: Can I be arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana?
A: Definitely. Never drive under the influence.
Q: Where will the tax money go?
- 40% to schools
- 20% to mental health and addiction services
- 15% to state police
- 10% to cities for enforcement of the measure
- 10 to local law enforcement
- 5% to Oregon Health Authority for prevention measures
Q: Will it be legal in every city?
A: Cities and municipalities are allowed to hold their own ballot measures to vote on whether recreational marijuana is right for their town.
Q: How many dispensaries will there be?
A: This isn’t clear yet. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will have the final say, but has not discussed this yet.
Photo Credit: Yes On 91
In Oregon, pro-marijuana advocates have been working tirelessly for months, spreading word about the benefits that may come from legalizing cannabis, and yesterday it all came to fruition. The war on marijuana has been going strong since the mid 1930’s, but the everyone on the Measure 91 team, from the big names, familiar faces, and law enforcement officers all the way down to the foot soldiers, may finally rest easy today knowing that they have been triumphant. Yesterday, voters elected Oregon to be the third of the United States to legalize the recreational use and retail sale of marijuana. Congratulations, Oregon!
What exactly does this mean for residents of Oregon?
Although, Measure 91, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, may not legalize cannabis as an import or export crop for the state of Oregon, it does allow for recreational use by residents and retail sale of marijuana by licensed dispensaries within the state. Adults aged twenty-one years or older, will be permitted to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana flowers, and to cultivate up to four marijuana plants in a private residence. Under this measure, the retail sale of cannabis will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The state medical marijuana laws will remain unchanged.
This is only the beginning of a lengthy process for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the residents of Oregon. Measure 91 may have been approved by voters in November 2014, but it does not take effect until July 1, 2015. It is unlikely that retail marijuana dispensaries will be ready to open that day because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has until the beginning of 2016 to issue business licenses. However, the OLCC may start drafting regulations, and accepting applications as soon as they are ready.
Congratulations are in order for the farmers of Oregon, as well, because under Measure 91, cultivating industrial hemp is also legalized!
photo credit: Oregonlive