Recreational marijuana is now legal to possess, grow and share in Oregon, but sales were not expected to begin until later next year. That has changed with Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s signature on a bill that would allow medical marijuana shops to start selling to recreational customers as well, beginning October 1st.
The bill will allow those aged 21 years or older to buy up to a quarter ounce of dried cannabis per day from dispensaries, as well as seeds for growing and up to four immature plants for those who don’t want to grow from the seed.
Proponents of the bill want to mitigate the advantage the current situation gives to black market dealers when it comes to sales. Licensed recreational shops are still on target for opening late next year, but in the meantime there will be a legal supply of cannabis for recreational users. The recreational shops will have a one once-per-day limit and will likely carry a better selection of strains.
The bill will also allow medical dispensary owners a chance to get a head start on the recreational side of things, which is where many of them plan on transitioning to when they are allowed. There they will find a brand new market of consumers, one that is larger as well.
What is going on in Oregon is a good example of the growing pains many states will experience when it comes to legalization. There will be bumps in the road, but it’s a journey well worth taking. The rewards are immense, for everyone involved. And those who lead the way now will show those who come after some of the things to do and not to do when it comes to implementing legalization.
Everyone is watching these few states as they venture forth and find the best way of restoring freedom to cannabis users.