Marijuana continues to be a controversial topic for debate across the country and throughout the world. People have very strong opinions about the matter (some based off of misinformation) which is why spreading public awareness is crucial to the mission of legalizing marijuana. There have been some states which have accomplished this goal already and continue to fight the good fight.
So, is marijuana legal in Oregon?
As of 2014, marijuana is legal for both medical and recreational use in the state of Oregon. They have been very vocal representatives for the marijuana movement. Marijuana was completely legal in Oregon until 1935, when the state passed the Uniform State Narcotic Drug Act which made marijuana and other drugs illegal. Oregon was the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, all the way back in 1973. They made marijuana legal for medical use with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act back in 1998, making it one of the first states to do so. In June 2010 the Oregon Board of Pharmacy reclassified marijuana as a Schedule II drug instead of a Schedule I drug, the first state in the United States to do so. This change was an enormous step towards legalizing marijuana, because a Schedule II drug has medical uses while a Schedule I drug does not.
Nowadays, adults over 21 years old can possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana at their household, but can only carry 1 ounce while away from home. Each household is allowed to grow up to 4 marijuana plants. The use of marijuana while driving on a public road or while in a public place is completely prohibited. On January 4, 2016 the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will begin accepting applications for recreational marijuana dispensaries. In April 2016 the first grower licenses will be issued, and in October 2016 the first retail licenses will be issued.
Transportation is an interesting topic as well. In Oregon, passengers traveling on flights within the state will be allowed to transport a small amount of cannabis. According to Oregon’s Fox 12, people flying through Portland International Airport, Oregon’s biggest airport, won’t be dragged from the line and hauled away if security officials spot pot.
TSA said its primary focus was to “detect threats to aviation security,” not stop adult marijuana users who obey the state’s 1 ounce marijuana limit, the International Business Times reported. If a passenger is found carrying pot, security agents will alert airport police, who will investigate whether the traveler is of legal age to possess the marijuana and that they are not flying out of state
Want to learn more about Oregon’s laws? The state has put together a great website.