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Oregon Marijuana News and Politics

U.S. Senators

Merkley, Jeff - (D - OR) 

313 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-3753

Contact: www.merkley.senate.gov/contact/

 

Wyden, Ron - (D - OR) 

221 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510

(202) 224-5244

Contact: www.wyden.senate.gov/contact/ 

Sen. Wyden is up for re-election in 2016

 

Marijuana Policy Project on Oregon:

Last update: October 15, 2015

On November 4, 2014, 56% of Oregon voters overwhelming approved Measure 91! Oregon and Alaska, whose voters also approved a similar measure that same night, joined Washington and Colorado in taxing and regulating marijuana like alcohol. Voters in D.C. approved a measure that removes all penalties for possession, use, and cultivation by adults 21 and older.

Effective July 1, 2015, Measure 91 legalized the private use, possession, and cultivation of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 and older. The ballot measure also requires the liquor commission to license and regulate four types of marijuana businesses to produce, process, wholesale, and sell marijuana for adults’ use. The state is expected to being accepting applications for these businesses in January 2016. For more information, please see our summary of the law.

In the meantime, lawmakers in Salem passed, and Gov. Kate Brown signed, a proposal that allows adults 21 and older to purchase a limited amount of marijuana from licensed medical marijuana dispensaries beginning as of October 1, 2015. This measure more quickly provides a safe and legal access point for adults while the state continues to fully implement the ballot initiative.

Passage of Measure 91 is largely due to the good and hard work of everyone at the Yes on 91 campaign. However, it never would have succeeded without the support of the voters. Thanks to you, adults in Oregon are no longer be penalized by the state for choosing to use marijuana in private.

Oregon Cannabis News

 

Senate bill would provide a legal venue for renters and tourists to consume marijuana.

Bills to eliminate residency requirements for pot business ownership, give lenders legal protections and combine medical and recreational cannabis retail outlets all moved forward easily in the Oregon Legislature last week, though none have yet become law.

A billboard for legal marijuana in Oregon, Dec. 4, 2015. Image:KOIN

Their only advertising guidelines now are dictated by the Oregon Health Authority

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When Attis Trading Company advertises their marijuana shops on billboards around Portland, they follow a few basic rules.

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SALEM, Ore. — Indoor growing operations for legal marijuana businesses are causing problems for Oregon’s electrical grid, according to officials from electrical utility company.


 

Pacific Power said Wednesday that Oregon marijuana grow operations have taken grids above capacity, blowing out seven transformers since July and causing outages and equipment damage, reported The Statesman Journal.

The problems are a remnant of marijuana’s black market past, when substandard electrical work powered the lights at growing sites.

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