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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Legal Marijuana In Oregon Goes Into Effect

While marijuana continues to be illegal on the federal level, last year Oregon and Alaska passed legislation for the adult use of recreational marijuana - joining Colorado and Washington State. On July 1st, Oregon’s Measure 91 went into effect, making it legal for adults over the age of 21 to possess and consume marijuana. Adults can possess up to eight ounces of marijuana at home and up to one ounce outside, The Huffington Post reports. With regard to manufacturing, adults can grow up to four plants per household.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and state legislators are working out the details of marijuana sales. Currently, only medical marijuana patients can legally purchase marijuana, but legislators are considering a bill that would allow recreational users to purchase the drug from dispensaries until a normal sales standard is finalized. Oregon is expected to enjoy the same rewards as the other states which have adopted legal marijuana, according to the article.

The legal industry is expected to combat the black market, resulting in a reduction in crime. Marijuana sales are usually accompanied by a high tax which should fill Oregon coffers. Perhaps the most beneficial aspect of legalization is the unburdening of courts and jails with misdemeanor pot offenders. Before measure 91, 7 percent of all arrests in Oregon were for marijuana possession, the article reports.

"It supports people who want to succeed in society," said Anthony Johnson, who co-wrote the law, at a press conference. "There’s no reason we should saddle people with crimes on their record that prevent them from having good educational and employment opportunities."

Below is a short and simple video on Oregon’s rules:

While legalization may be good for the state, it is important that the drug be used responsibly and minimal exposure to children should be a top priority. Marijuana may seem benign, but it still carries the potential for addiction and can have an impact on developing brains.

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