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Countdown to Recreational Marijuana in Oregon: 14 Days

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WhatsLegalOregon.com is a campaign to educate the people of the northeast state about the new rules that will go into effect in 14 days when marijuana will become legal as a recreational substance.

While some important laws will go into effect on July 1st, dispensaries will not open until January 1st. So in the interim, here are the law that will go into effect in 14 days:

1. You must be 21 or older to possess or use marijuana in any way.

2. You can possess up to 8 ounces in your home, and 1 ounce in public

3. You can grow up to 4 plants in your home

4. Smoking in public and driving under the influence are illegal

5. Until dispensaries are set up, you can only give medical marijuana away

 

The most provocative one is #5.

 

Do they really expect people to just give away marijuana to each other for the next 7 months.

 

They also made this informative and visually sleek video:

 

 

Oregonlive.com Reports:

 

In two weeks, it’ll be legal for anyone 21 and older to possess and grow marijuana in Oregon. But before you light up, the state wants you to know a few things.

First, you won’t be able to legally buy cannabis in Oregon on July 1. The state’s 300 dispensaries cater only to medical marijuana patients, not recreational consumers. And regulated recreational shops aren’t expected to open until late 2016.

If you’re thinking of heading north to buy cannabis from a regulated shop in Washington and returning home with some pre-rolled joints, Oregon says not so fast. Taking marijuana across the border – even one joining two marijuana-friendly states – remains illegal.

The state’s advice? Rely on the generosity of friends who can share or give away – but not sell – cannabis.
Those are some of the basic messages from Oregon’s new “What’s Legal? Educate Before You Recreate” public education campaign, which launched Tuesday. The $350,000 effort focuses on how much cannabis people can possess and grow and reminds Oregonians not to consume in public or drive while high.

State officials acknowledge that telling Oregonians not to travel to Washington to buy legal cannabis is a tough sell.

“I think that for a lot of people, that doesn’t pass the common sense test,” said Tom Towslee, spokesman for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which will oversee the state’s regulated marijuana industry.

Towslee said discouraging people from taking marijuana across state lines is in keeping with a 2013 memo issued by the federal government. That memo, written by Deputy U.S. Attorney General James Cole, spelled out law enforcement priorities on marijuana, which include preventing black market diversion.

“The more we can do to be consistent with the Cole memorandum, the more ability we are going to have to run our own (marijuana) program without interference from the federal government,” said Towslee.

The OLCC isn’t charged with enforcing rules around personal possession and home cultivation, but Towslee said agency officials felt it was important to tell the public about the basics of the new law. How the law is enforced, he said, is up to local police.

The campaign was designed by the Metropolitan Group and targets people between the ages of 18 and 35. Kiernan Doherty, executive vice president of the agency, said it will rely heavily on social media to spread the word.

“We wanted the whole tone of the campaign to be really friendly and really approachable and not overly authoritative,” she said.

Towslee said the OLCC aimed for a “non judgmental” and straightforward approach.

“We are not going to get into the benefits or the evils of marijuana,” he said. “We just want people to know what they can and can’t do under the law. It’s as simple as that.”

– Noelle Crombie

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Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe is a 14-year veteran of the financial sector with licenses as a commodity broker (Series 3) and investment advisor representative (IAR Series 65). Along with a focus on raising capital for the firms he was employed with, he also wrote and edited much of the content published by them. He holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts. He has been a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization due to the social injustices associated with marijuana prohibition and the strong potential for the medicinal benefits of cannabis.

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