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Wed
01
Jul

Oregon Recreational Use Legal Today, Growers Look Forward to New Era of Retail Marijuana

On the third Thursday of each month, veteran medical marijuana growers and hopeful newbies gather in the old Williams Grange hall in a small rural Oregon valley long known for growing some of the best cannabis on the planet.

Since voters last fall made the state the fourth to make recreational marijuana legal, people have been flocking to the hall to get the latest update on lawmakers' progress on crafting rules for the new industry.

The entrepreneurs also share tips on how to produce happy and healthy marijuana plants.

Wed
01
Jul

Oregon: Security Firms Gear Up For Marijuana Legalization

Recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon starting today. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

But it's not just people growing and selling pot who are preparing to cash in.

Marijuana is not like other cash crops. People don't typically raid wheat fields or break into grain bins. But Noah Stokes of CannaGuard Security in Portland said the high value of pot makes it a frequent theft target.

Stokes said the underground nature of the marijuana business has meant many growers haven't invested in state-of-the-art security systems.

Wed
01
Jul

Oregon aims to tax legal marijuana less than other states

Lawmakers moved methodically to ensure that when Oregonians take a drag on their first legal recreational-marijuana cigarettes or plant their first legal seeds Wednesday, that they have the full weight and force of the state behind them.

One bill sent to the governor aims to tax marijuana less than two of the three other Western states where recreational use is legal, a bid to keep smaller producers in the legal-growing system.

Tue
30
Jun

Oregon Is Celebrating Marijuana Legalization With Free Weed

Not only are people free to smoke weed—the weed is free.

As of July 1, new Oregon laws go into effect making it legal for adults ages 21 and up to possess and use recreational marijuana. It’s legal to grow marijuana in the state—up to four plants per residence, out of public view—and share it with other of-age adults too.

Applications for large-scale growers and retailers aren’t being accepted until early 2016, and no Oregon stores are expected to have marijuana for sale until the fall of 2016. For the time being, then, while recreational marijuana use is legal, people aren’t allowed to buy or sell it.

Sun
28
Jun

Oregon: What consumers need to know about recreational marijuana for July 1

Can I get busted before Wednesday?

In Linn County, the answer is an emphatic yes, and in Benton County, it depends on the case, said local prosecutors.

“If you do something illegal, our office will be prosecuting it,” said Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny, who said that represents the will of the voters. Marijuana cases active today also will continue to be prosecuted in Linn County, even after that behavior becomes legal July 1. Marteeny was unaware of any cases where only illegal marijuana behavior is being prosecuted, and that behavior will be legal on Wednesday.

Sun
28
Jun

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.

Fri
26
Jun

Recreational Marijuana Sales Likely To Start October 1st In Oregon

Oregon voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana during the 2014 Election. The cultivation and possession provisions of the initiative go into effect in less than a week (July 1), but the roll-out of legal sales will have to wait. If some lawmakers in Oregon have their way, the wait would not be that long. A bill that would allow established medical marijuana dispensaries to sell limited amounts of recreational marijuana to adults starting October 1 passed a key hurdle today. Per Oregon Live:

Fri
26
Jun

Portland police: Bringing marijuana from Washington into Oregon 'not an issue'

Portland police said Wednesday that Oregonians who travel to Washington to buy marijuana only to bring it back into the state are "not an issue" as long as they stick with what the law allows them to possess.

Starting July 1, anyone 21 and older may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana away from home and up to eight ounces at home. 

Oregonians shopping for cannabis in Washington are nothing new. May sales data released by the Washington Liquor Control Board showed that one Vancouver shop sold more marijuana than any other shop statewide -- thanks in part to Oregonians, who made up about 50 percent of sales.

Portland police said the issue isn't on their radar.

Thu
25
Jun

Oregon marijuana regulation bill easily clears House and heads for Senate

A sweeping bill that sets up the framework for Oregon's upcoming legal marijuana market was handily passed by the state House on a 52-4 vote Wednesday.

The measure would put new limits on medical marijuana growers, make it easier for 15 eastern Oregon counties to prohibit retail sales of the drug and reduce penalties for many of the state's remaining marijuana-related crimes.

In addition, House Bill 3400 lays out new testing and packaging requirements covering marijuana and other cannabis-infused products.

Wed
24
Jun

Sacred and PotLocator.com Announce Release of Cannabis Infused Products in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore., June 24, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sacred, an industry leading manufacturer of a revolutionary new line of cannabis-infused products that include bath salts, massage oils, and personal lubricants and PotLocator.com, the nation’s leading provider of access to services and products in the marijuana industry, are pleased to announce the release of Sacred’s products in Oregon, making the state the first in the nation to sell Sacred’s organic, cannabis-infused products.

“Medical marijuana patients in Oregon will now have another natural choice when it comes to the ways they relax or medicate themselves in the privacy of their own homes,” says Luc Nelson, Director of Business Development.

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