On Wednesday, Oregon officially became the fourth state in America to legalize recreational marijuana. In Portland, thousands of marijuana enthusiasts gathered across Burnside Bridge before midnight, counting down the minutes until the law allowed recreational use into effect. The vibe in the air was both happy and smelly. There were, however, some rules to go along with this legalization.
The Oregon law allows those 21 and older to smoke marijuana privately, grow up to four pot plants and possess up to 8 ounces of weed at home and carry one ounce outside. But unlike Washington and Colorado, marijuana shops won’t arrive until 2016, and a bill that would allow bans on retail sales in cities and counties where at least 55% of voters are against legalization is headed to the governor’s desk. Though no shops are in operation, that didn’t stop the residents of Oregon from celebrating. As the law officially allowed the legal use of recreational marijuana, numerous people were seen sharing joints. With Oregon becoming another state in America to legalize recreational use, many other residents of other states wait anxiously for recreational use to become legal in their state.