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OLCC to kick off “What’s Legal?” campaign

OLCC image 2Marijuana possession becomes legal on the south side of the Columbia River in just a couple weeks, but customers will still have to wait more than another year before Oregon’s first recreational pot shops will finally open.

What's Legal poster
A Facebook image derived from the OLCC’s “What’s Legal?” campaign poster.

With that in mind, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is launching a new educational campaign called “What’s Legal?” to let everyone know what’s kosher in the eyes of Oregon law. The campaign officially begins Tuesday, so check back in with Cannabis Chronicles for more details.

Of course, you could always just read the full text of Measure 91, which legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon last November. But in this age of the instant gratification, who has time for that?

Like Washington’s law, possession will only be legal for anyone 21 and older in Oregon, and consumption won’t be permitted in public. The law also allows you to own up to four plants and 8 ounces of pot at any time, but you have to keep that at home out of public view. That said, you’ll be allowed to carry around an ounce of pot in public.

Oregon’s law takes effect in stages. Possession and home grows will be legal come July 1, but the state won’t even begin accepting license applications for growers, processors, retailers and wholesalers until Jan. 4, 2016.

That means Oregon pot shops probably won’t open until fall 2016 at the earliest. Remember how long it took for Washington’s recreational marijuana system to stabilize after the first stores opened? With supply shortages and price gouging in the early months, it was a turbulent take0ff for the new industry.

Meeting the demand early on could be a little easier in Oregon, though. In Salem, lawmakers are thinking about allowing medical dispensaries to sell limited amounts of recreational marijuana starting on Oct. 1 of this year.

Whatever happens, store owners in Vancouver are still banking on having a huge customer base from Oregon for a while. Well… at least until the state’s system is flush with supply.
Since it’ll still be illegal to transport marijuana across state boarders, you won’t find any Washington-grown pot on sale in Oregon stores. That may be enough to keep things interesting for Vancouver’s pot shops.
– Justin Runquist