A large number of Oregon medical dispensaries plan to sell recreational flower beginning today, October 1st. Recreational rules which were passed by voter initiative in November 2014 will not be fully implemented until next year; however, the state will allow many dispensaries to begin sales Thursday.
The special rule comes in an effort to curb black market sales by providing a legal avenue to buy product for the state’s recreational consumers. Of the state’s 300(+) medical dispensaries, more than 200 have given notice to the Oregon Health Authority of their plans to sell product to the general public on Oct. 1st.
The new law and rules permit adults 21 years of age and older to purchase dried plant material, otherwise known as “flower”, but do not allow for the the recreational sale of edibles, concentrates, or other extracted goods.
A total of 12 municipalities have outlawed the early sale of Oregon recreational cannabis, opting to wait for the implementation of a state tax system — or avoid local sales altogether.
Oregon is set to join Colorado and Washington as the only states to allow sales of cannabis to the adult-public without obtaining a doctor’s recommendation.
The supply in Oregon’s makeshift recreational system is likely to exceed retail demand, making it little more than a temporary fix to the existing black market. However, customers are expected to see a wider range of products than is available in the medical system, which may attract new cannabis consumers.
The Terpene Station is one of several shops that will begin recreational sales on Thursday. According to Ryan Bubriski of The Terpene Station, “We aren’t used to having the variety that retail shops will be offering. With the diverse customer base present in Portland, Terpene Station’s streamlined professional retail experience aims to meet the needs of any kind of cannabis user, from first timer to old timer.”