In a surprise move, the governor of Oregon State, Kate Brown has legalized sales of marijuana for recreational purposes by October 2015, which is almost a year before scheduled date. The new law will allow residents to buy marijuana from any physical store or online either for recreation or medical purposes without a prescription. This law was introduced to reduce black marketing in the region as cultivation and processing have both become legal in the state since July and from January 2016, government will start accepting application from retailers to start selling recreational pot at their stores.
Reasons for introduction of marijuana law a year before schedule
According to the governor’s spokesperson, the bill was passed forward by implementation group after plenty of deliberation in both chambers and with bipartisan support. Last November, when both Oregon and Alaska sanctioned the use of recreational marijuana, lawmakers stated that sales will be done through government regulated pot shops similar to the ones in Colorado and Washington. Though the cultivation of and purchase of marijuana for retail sales continues to be illegal under federal law, this landmark move by Governor Kate Brown shows how views about marijuana are changing around the county.
While the law will reduce crime of illegal sales, it will also free police and courts from dealing with petty marijuana sales crimes. The law allows adults above the age of twenty one years to possess maximum quantity of eight ounces of marijuana at home. Students and youngsters that use it as a casual recreational drug do not have to fear about arrest and jail for mere possession of the drug within prescribed limits.
Details about law legalizing marijuana in Oregon
Once the law comes into force in the state in October, adults above the age of 21 years can purchase the marijuana at selective medical dispensaries, which will put an end to the illegal market for the product, which usually sells diluted and spurious stuff in the name of real marijuana. Senator Floyd Prozanski from Oregon has stated that after the law is implemented, government will take all necessary steps to keep medical marijuana or hemp away from recreational marijuana.
The two most important provisions of this law are
- All marijuana purchases till January 2016 will be tax free
- Sales of marijuana for recreational use from medical dispensaries will come to an end in December 31, 2016.
But advisors in the Center for Study of Cannabis and Social Policy state that this short term policy is risky, as Oregon government has no rule in place to track cultivation to sale path and there are chances that people could produce in the state to sell it elsewhere across the nation.
Cannabis buyers would regard this law as an easy method to obtain cannabis and Oregon could have done well by introducing a more regulated policy like Colorado State. Both Colorado and Washington have predicted that they could earn more than $800 million in revenue largely due to sales of marijuana through government outlets by 2020.
Though around 23 states within United States have decriminalized use of marijuana due to its medicinal properties and regular use a recreational drug, it remains to be seen when the federal government will lift the ban on the drug.