Pot will be legal in Oregon — but you can't buy it

It's being called the second immaculate conception.

Come Wednesday, adults 21 and older will legally be allowed to possess and use recreational marijuana in Oregon.

But complicating this new, hard-fought-for freedom is one niggling detail: Potential users must receive their marijuana as a gift or get it on the illegal black market because there are still no licensed retail stores in Oregon where law-abiding residents can buy it.

Simply put, residents can smoke and inhale pot, eat brownies baked with it or rub lotions containing the oils into their skin; there's just no legal way to purchase it.

This cannabis contradiction is frustrating supporters of legalized marijuana use in Oregon and runs counter to how the state's neighbor to the north, Washington, rolled out its legal program last year.

Oregon's legalized marijuana initiative, Measure 91, was passed by a 56 percent majority of voters in November 2014. The measure made...

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