The third recreational cannabis state is now just months away from beginning sales.
Oregon residents and visitors will be able to purchase legal adult-use marijuana as of Oct. 1, following the signing of a bill by Gov. Kate Brown that allows the state’s existing medical cannabis dispensaries to sell rec beginning on that date.
The new law sailed through the state Legislature at the behest of advocates who want to circumvent the black market and provide a lifeline to dispensaries, as Oregon’s medical market is over-saturated with MMJ businesses.
Under the new law, anyone over 21 will be able to purchase up to a quarter ounce of flower at a time, along with seeds and up to four immature plants, according to the Oregonian. The sales program, which is temporary, includes zero sales tax until Jan. 4, at which point a 25% sales tax will kick in.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will continue working on a regulatory system for future rec businesses, but those are not expected to be licensed or to begin sales until the second half of next year.