As part of the recreational use legalization efforts that passed through the Oregon legislature earlier this year, there was one issue that lawmakers seemed to overlook in their planning: legal sales.
When legislators there wrote Measure 91 last November, which legalized the recreational use of marijuana by those who live in the Beaver State, the measures that provided options for the legal purchase of recreational marijuana were not set to go into effect until some time in 2016, despite the fact that casual users were cleared to use marijuana recreationally starting July 1. The state has now made a move which some are calling “groundbreaking” and “forward-thinking,” passing a stopgap measure earlier this summer that allows the distribution of recreational cannabis through medical marijuana dispensaries around the state starting Oct. 1.
By allowing recreational marijuana sales temporarily through medicinal dispensaries through Senate Bill 460, the state is letting its residents enjoy their new cannabis laws a few months ahead of the somewhat botched schedule. As an added perk for recreational users, purchases will not be subject to the state’s recreational use sales tax of 25 percent between Oct. 1 and Jan. 1, 2016, meaning that anyone buying bud in the Beaver State will also receive a substantial discount for the first months of legal use.
Oregonians shouldn’t go out thinking they can stockpile sativa like a doomsday prepper, though, as the state limits the amount that each individual can purchase daily. Residents who are 21 or older are limited to purchasing a quarter of an ounce per day. Each person can also purchase plant seeds to grow their own at home, as well as up to four nonflowering marijuana plants daily.
If you’re living in Oregon or planning a trip to the West Coast, Oct. 1 will be like Christmas Day, giving recreational users the opportunity to partake of their favorite herb without the fear of persecution.