As of July 1, 2015, Oregon legalized marijuana as part of the rapidly growing movement to legalize across the United States. If the gaiety and revelry which took place at the Burnside Bridge on the first of the month was anything to go by, the change is being welcomed with open arms. Only time will reveal if there will be any repercussions, good or bad, as a result of the new reform.
Approved by voters, the law was passed last November but not enacted until this month. The wording of the new legislation allows for recreational use of the drug and for individuals to grow their own plants. However, retail stores will not be permitted to sell marijuana at this time. This is expected to change by next year despite anti-cannabis lawmakers claiming they’ll seek to block retail distributors. In the meantime, growers have taken to passing out free samples in the area to promote their product and the new reform while biding their time.
Per the Oregon state Liquor Control Commission, residents will be permitted to:
- Smoke privately at aged 21 and older
- Grow up to 4 plants
- Possess up to 8 ounces (227 grams) at home
- Possess 1 ounce outside home
Driving under the influence of marijuana is still illegal in Oregon. Smoking cannabis in public areas remains illegal, as well.
A word of warning. While marijuana is becoming legal in many states, this doesn’t detract from the dangers of drug use, especially for an alcoholic or drug addict. Understanding that no matter how you consume it, the effects on someone overcoming a drug addiction are still troublesome and those in recovery are encouraged to avoid any and all recreational drug use.
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