In November 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, legalizing marijuana for personal recreational use. In 2015, the State Legislature approved five bills that amend and provide regulations related to recreational and medical marijuana. (Two of those bills have provisions related to marijuana land use issues.) Recreational marijuana became legal for personal use in Oregon on July 1, 2015.
At the state level, medical marijuana is and will continue to be regulated by the Oregon Health Authority; recreational marijuana will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC).
State law gives the county the authority to adopt "reasonable regulations" regarding recreational marijuana use. The law defines four categories of recreational marijuana uses:
- Production -- manufacturing, planting, cultivation, growing or harvesting of marijuana in Oregon
- Processing -- processing, compounding or conversion of marijuana into cannabinoid products, concentrates, or extracts; excluding packaging or labeling
- Wholesaling -- purchasing marijuana items in Oregon for resale to a person other than a consumer in Oregon
- Retail/dispensary -- selling marijuana items to a consumer in Oregon
The OLCC is required to adopt administrative rules by Jan. 1, 2016, to administer and implement the law to regulate recreational marijuana purchase, sale, production, processing, transportation and delivery. The OLCC is scheduled to begin accepting license applications to produce, process, wholesale and retail recreational marijuana by Jan. 4, 2016.
CLICK HERE for more information from the State of Oregon regarding the medical marijuana program.
CLICK HERE for more information from the State of Oregon regarding recreational marijuana.