Published on July 8th, 2015 | by News Feed
Oregon Celebrates Legalization With Massive Party in Portland
Oregon recently became the fourth state to legalize pot, joining Colorado, Washington, and Alaska. With nearly 300 medical marijuana dispensaries already open for business, the weed shops now outnumber Starbucks and McDonalds. Medical marijuana is already big business for the state with more medical marijuana patients per capita than any other state except Colorado. Now, Oregon’s residents won’t need a prescription to enjoy pot and marijuana lovers came together in Portland to celebrate on the eve of July 1 when the new law went into effect.
As people counted down to midnight and the beginning of the era in Oregon’s marijuana laws, the party was hopping. While public consumption is technically still illegal, that didn’t stop party goers from lighting up. It’s fully legal to give marijuana as a gift now so attendees shared the love by passing out drops of cannabis oil and sharing vaporizers. Dispensaries passed out coupons and promoted upcoming sampling events.
According to the new law, adults can possess up to half a pound of marijuana and they can grow up to four plants. However, only people with a prescription can buy marijuana at a dispensary for now. State lawmakers are still working to develop legislation to regulate the industry as it progresses. Growers will be able to start their operations in January with larger amounts of marijuana grown for retail trade.
Even though public consumption is against the law, police officers didn’t seem too concerned about enforcing that rule during the July 1st festivities. They cruised by in patrol cars, but never stopped. Many Oregon police departments discouraged residents from calling 911 about public pot consumption because they don’t view it as an emergency that warrants their attention.
As dispensaries thrive and outnumber McDonalds and Starbucks, it’s clear to see that Oregon is turning to a new page in history where pot is no only decriminalized, but legal and acceptable.