Big Business Differences Between Oregon, Washington Rec Laws

If Oregon voters decide to legalize recreational marijuana in November, the state would create a distinctly different business climate from the one that has emerged in its neighbor to the north.

Some examples, according to an analysis of the recreational cannabis laws in Oregon and Washington State:

– Sales tax rates in Oregon would likely be much lower than in Washington State, where cannabis businesses are struggling to compete with the black market because hefty taxes have inflated prices.

– Oregon has already regulated its MMJ industry, so the rollout of recreational could be much smoother. A number of already-established Oregon dispensaries could potentially easily transition to the rec market. Washington never developed statewide regulations on medical marijuana businesses, which bogged down the licensing process.

, Big Business Differences Between Oregon, Washington Rec Laws

– Rec shops in Oregon would be allowed to grow and process marijuana, while Washington requires different companies to handle those tasks (though a business can grow and process marijuana, it cannot also sell it via a retail shop).

Oregon residents would also be allowed to grow marijuana at home, which could diminish the market for retail stores but boost opportunities for hydroponics stores and companies that make small-scale cultivation equipment.

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6 comments on “Big Business Differences Between Oregon, Washington Rec Laws
  1. Dee on

    Wow Oregon sounds the most sensible yet behind Colorado as of this month. Someone there realizes you can’t get rid of a black market if you tax the cannabis so much it costs more then it does now on the street. And that it is just a plant and people should be allowed to grow it at home and retailers should be allowed to make their own product to sell. What other industry is forced to buy something it can make itself for less from another company?

  2. bongstar420 on

    FYI. The wholesale price for Cannabis with no “Cannabis Tax” is ~$120/oz.

    That is a 30% tax on the current average wholesale price for tops that only the grower pays. Its like 50% for lows and mids. The grow will be paying an income tax too btw. That is a 60% tax rate for growers while the rest of the community is paying an 30% average tax rate.

    It will open the legal market up for good growers that are willing to pay the tax. Average growers will be way to over priced.

  3. David on

    I’m hope Oregon voter’s don’t find to their chagrin that they should have waited for the 2015 Presidential election rather than the historically low voter turn-out mid-terms. 2012 was an election year and legalization defeated. I’m hoping for the best expecting the worst.

  4. tlc lab supply on

    The thing most people do not understand is that most professionals like bankers, lawyers builders doctors almost anybody you rely on to help you has been using cannabis for years and getting it from the so called underground and will continue to use their own source until a time comes when it will be expect able for you to see them buying cannabis in a store and you don’t care that they do your taxes or build your home. So the “under ground which is probably your neighbor not your neighbors kid is and will continue to fill of professionals. Despite what every photo you see is a long haired young male it is not a accurate description of the normal user who is probably a professional over 30

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