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