As we’ve been highlighting here at The National Marijuana News, as of Wednesday of this week, it will be legal in Oregon for adults 21 and over to possess and use recreational marijuana. It’s also legal to grow up to four plants per residence as long as it is out of public view. On top of that, those plants can be shared with other legal adults. But according to an article in Time, here’s the issue that’s got Oregon spinning in circles: applications for growers and retailers aren’t being accepted until next year and there aren’t any stores in the state that expect to have cannabis to sell until the fall of 2016. So although Oregon becomes a fully legal state this week, people won’t be allowed to buy or sell it.
Marijuana proponents in Oregon still plan to celebrate the occasion on Wednesday and that’s where the free weed comes into play. According to the Oregonian, the Portland chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will meet on the west side of the city’s famous Burnside Bridge at 11:30 p.m. Pacific Time tomorrow. At midnight, all legal adults with ID will get free marijuana and cannabis seeds, which is being provided by medical marijuana providers and activists.
A statement from Portland NORML said, “While it becomes legal to possess and cultivate cannabis, there is no legal place in Oregon to buy marijuana itself or cannabis seeds and starts. Portland NORML will educate the public and our partners will give away thousands of seeds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana this year so Washington State and the black market do not benefit from our new marijuana legality.”
As for the second opportunity to score free marijuana, this Friday, July 3, an event called Weed the People is being held at the MCF Craft Brewing Systems facility in North Portland. Admission isn’t free. Advance tickets cost $40, but once you get inside, people will be allowed to use marijuana on the property or take it home for later. Each person that attends will get to take as much as 7 grams with them, with all of the product having been cultivated by local Oregon growers who have also been growing the state’s supply of medicinal marijuana.