Oregon’s Measure 91 — which legalizes the possession of marijuana — passed in a statewide referendum on Tuesday. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission now has until Jan. 1, 2016, to draft rules and implement regulations pertaining to the production and sale of marijuana. From the press release:
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will work with other state agencies to implement Measure 91 with a great amount of accountability through a transparent and public process. Implementation of recreational marijuana in Oregon will have an emphasis on bringing Oregon’s marijuana industry into a regulated and licensed marketplace.
From now until January 2016, OLCC will be exploring many policy questions that will require extensive public and stakeholder input. As we move forward, we will focus on preventing marijuana sales to minors, protecting consumers through establishing standards and providing education, as well as supporting law enforcement in their efforts to prevent unlicensed sale and production of marijuana.
It is a great responsibility to implement this measure. Although we have learned much already, we will continue to look to our Washington and Colorado neighbors for best practices and opportunities for improvement. We have been preparing for what lies ahead. We will work with our stakeholders, legislators and the public to create a safe and secure program that will meet the terms of the law and satisfy the wishes of Oregonians.
When the measure goes into effect on July 1, 2015, an individual can possess up to eight (8) oz of marijuana per residence and can home grow of up to four (4) plants per residence in Oregon. Measure 91 requires OLCC to begin accepting license applications no later than Jan. 4, 2016.