July 1, 2015 saw the dawn of re-legalization in Oregon. But, it’s happening in two steps.
If you want to mark the day by buying some pot to consume, you’re out of luck. For now, people can only share or give away marijuana buds and starter plants so you’ll have to hit up a generous friend, though a bill allowing recreational marijuana sales at dispensaries in the fall is making its way through the Oregon Legislature.
Medical marijuana patients, meanwhile, can continue to purchase cannabis at state-regulated dispensaries. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) isn’t expected to launch the recreational marijuana industry until late 2016.
Oregon’s cannabis timeline:
July 1, 2015: Anyone 21 and older may possess marijuana in the state
October 1, 2015: If Senate Bill 460 is approved, early sales of dried marijuana can/will begin in communities that haven’t opted out.
January 4, 2016: If House Bill (HB) 2041 is approved, a 25% sales tax on recreational marijuana begins.
Second half of 2016: The OLCC expects to be ready to license recreational-marijuana retailers. Once that happens:
Edibles and other marijuana products can be added to retail sales.
The statewide sales tax, under HB 2041, would fall to 17%, with a provision to allow local governments to tack on an additional 3%.
Medical marijuana would remain tax-free at dispensaries, but patients would be subject to sales taxes at OLCC-licensed stores.
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