It’s Official – Oregon Recreational Marijuana Sales Will Begin October 1st


oregon house bill hb 3460 medical marijuana dispensaries ommpOregon approved marijuana legalization during the 2014 Election. The possession, consumption, and cultivation provisions of the initiative became effective July 1st, although some counties suspended enforcement before that. The biggest remaining question since July 1st is ‘when will recreational marijuana sales begin in Oregon?’ Late last month the Oregon Legislature passed a bill that would allow limited recreational marijuana sales via existing medical marijuana dispensaries. That bill was signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown earlier today. Below is the summary of the bill:

Allows medical marijuana dispensaries, beginning October 1, 2015, to sell limited marijuana retail product to persons at least 21 years of age in accordance with certain conditions.

Directs Oregon Health Authority to adopt rules providing for relocation of registered medical marijuana facility.]Provides, if school is established within 1,000 feet of registered medical marijuana facility, that medical marijuana facility may remain at current location until date on which medical marijuana facility must renew registration with authority for second time following date on which school is first attended by students.] Allows local governments to adopt ordinances that prohibit sales of limited marijuana retail product. Requires Oregon Health Authority to create rules to implement Act. Allows authority to prohibit medical marijuana dispensaries in violation of Act from selling limited marijuana retail product. Sunsets December 31, 2016. Declares emergency, effective on passage.
The bill allows people over 21 years of age with valid ID to purchase up to 7 grams of dried flower marijuana, as well as up to four seeds or clones. Marijuana topicals, edibles, concentrates, etc. will not be allowed to be sold. Sales of those items will have to wait until recreational marijuana stores open, which is expected some time in 2016. While I would have loved to see all forms go on sale early for recreational marijuana in Oregon, this is a great ‘in between’ step that will help speed up the process. I know that personally I can’t wait to go into a shop, and purchase 1 gram of seven different kinds of Oregon’s finest!


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  • jontomas

    This is great news! – Not just for Oregon, but for the whole country. This moves the whole Freedom Train significantly further down the track.

    Having a thriving, legal retail marijuana industry on our border will give a big boost to California’s re-legalization initiative next year. – When California joins the Free States, the fraudulent federal prohibition’s goose is cooked. – The crumbling fraud of the federal prohibition will collapse under its own dead weight soon after – as soon as 2017.

    • newageblues

      I’m not as optimistic as you, but I don’t rule out the possibility you could be right, and things could happen quickly after California relegalizes.

      Every day that goes by with 100’s of alcohol related deaths, and not a single cannabis related death, is another nail in prohibition’s stinking coffin.

  • Casey Patrick Park

    This means that if its illegal to sell weed and only be able to grow 4 plants, how can medical stores sell recreational weed, Not medical with a facade. My question is in order to sell weed to a medical store, don’t
    you need a medical card and since recreational is different than medical, why the favoritism?

    • James George Brown

      Senate Bill 460 for Oregon was passed to allow Medical Marijuana dispenses the ability to choose to sell pot un-taxed for recreation use on October 1st 2015 and will expire on January 1st 2016. After this date if you will not be able to by marijuana from a medical dispensary without a medical card to do so. having said that those who started as a medical dispensary did so because it was the only way they could sell marijuana before it became legal. The state knows this and is giving these business owners the opportunity to switch over to a more profitable recreational business. They will not be able to sell both starting in January it either Recreational or Medical.

      Also Pot does not take 4-6 months to grow it takes its around 2-4 months depending on strand and growing conditions

  • Casey Patrick Park

    They say weed can be bought from medical store, does that mean people who grow and have product will be able to sell there product to the marijuana medical store? Since medical is a different organization than recreational, I understand different taxes, one taxes, one won’t , or at least yet. My question is won’t the weed/s , being medical or recreational have to be separated within the store considering they are not of the same organization. My last question is it takes 4-6 months to grow. In order for recreational weed to be viable amd sell and not be medical, there is no way any person can legally have a by from the law and sell recreational weed of there isn’t a taxable foundation for growers , producers, or retailers. You have to buy a temporary received recreational selling retail permit, but what about for the growers? I’m sure there are also alot of people who want to know answers. Oregonian want to sell weed to stores, let them by October *!!!

  • Bongstar420

    I don’t think seed purchases will be limited to 4…the bill clearly defines seeds and plants separately and specifically states not more than 4 units when the marijuana plant is not flowering.

    Like always though, that is up to the interpretation of the herd as to if anything will happen for selling +4 seeds.

    “SECTION 2.(1) As used in this section:
    (a) “Limited marijuana retail product” means:
    (A) The seeds of marijuana;
    (B) The dried leaves and flowers of marijuana; and
    (C) A marijuana plant that is not flowering”…

    …”(d) The medical marijuana dispensary sells no more than four units of limited marijuana retail product to the person if the person is purchasing a marijuana plant that is not flowering.”

  • Casey Patrick Park

    What I’m saying is how can a medical retail store in oregon be ready to sell “recreational” weed by October
    when it takes 4-6 months to grow.? there isn’t even a foundation for the recreational aspect of selling weed In Oregon. Does that mean we will be able to get recreational licenses to sell recreationally at medical places sooner or will I be able to sell in the future (October) to a medical facility?

  • Casey Patrick Park

    It’s absurd experimenting with companies that thought that medical was the way to go. And now that people opened up medical facilities because they “hope” to convert it recreationally. But will have to wait years lol. What happens when the temporary sale of retail weed expires. Then they spent all this money converting their marketing strategy to co-op medical/recreational “one store that fronts two products taxed/untaxed. There will be a case I bet where someone sells the wrong thing or taxes the wrong thing and ruins it. Just have medical stores and rec stores, no BOTH because that’s unfair to give the other guys a head start. Where do you apply for a recreational sales license if you can buy weed recreationally October 1st? Do I have to apply beforehand considering that is the case for most approvals?

  • Casey Patrick Park

    My last question is “will this be medical marijuana sold recreationally or recreational marijuana sold through the medical dispensary loophole at $1,500.00 per licencee’. And what about the ones who want to open a retail store to sell weed, we have to wait because the ones who are greedy and have lost alot of investment are not wanting to wait until 2016. If medical sells recreationally, then it shouldn’t be called medical anymore and then take away yhe medical, their license and just have one license. I think a citizen of Oregon should be able to sell weed like silver or gold. Without all this political controlling greedy people.

  • luke walsh

    It’s a start but its not least there is some progress in legalization going on.

  • Frederick Massey

    I’m 72 years old, and I wondered if I would ever see this happen. In 1968, while I was living in the Haight-Ashbury and weed & lSD were being sold out of every doorway, I confidently predicted to my mother, that pot would be legalized, commercialized, and on the store shelves within 5 years. She just laughed and said “no way”. She was right; it has taken 47 more years.

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  • s nielson

    Absolutely Positively Marvelous!! Smoke Happy and responsibly–Otherwise you are just another criminal!!

  • Jeannie Snyder

    Any idea when concentrates will be available in Oregon for rec users?