Early Recreational Marijuana Sales Start in Oregon in October

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Early Recreational Marijuana Sales Start in Oregon in October

Under the original plan for rolling out Oregon’s recreational retail shops, the first won’t open until late 2016. But in August in an attempt to curb heightened black market activity over the next year, the state’s legislature and governor decided to allow currently operating medical marijuana shops to sell a limited amount of recreational cannabis.

Starting on October 1st, adults in Oregon will be able to buy up to 7 grams of marijuana per day. Anyone 21 years of age or older will be able to buy up to 4 clones between October 1, 2015 and the end of 2016, and an unlimited amount of seeds.

Until recreational shops open up, consumers in Oregon will be limited to buying flower, as concentrates and edibles will not be sold for recreational purposes, only medical. So far 345 dispensaries have been approved by the Oregon Board of Health to sell recreational marijuana.

Another quirk in Oregon’s early recreational sales rollout is that a 25% tax on those sales won’t begin to be assessed until January of 2016. This will go a long way toward keeping prices reasonable until supply can be ramped up to meet demand.

Technically consumers won’t be allowed to go from dispensary to dispensary, picking up 7 grams at each place, but in reality there will be little stopping them. If you have the money and time and supply holds up, you can end up buying quite a bit of weed over the course of the day; as you should be able to do anyway.

A lot of dispensaries welcome the opportunity to sell recreational cannabis, as evidenced by all the applications sent to the Oregon Board of Health; they see it as a good way to transition to full time recreational sales late next year.

Are you ready, Oregon?!