A measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Oregon has passed with 54% of the vote so far, according to multiple news sources including the Oregonian. Oregon is now the 3rd state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults. Congratulations activists—you’ve done it!
Polls showed Measure 91 was extremely close heading into Election Day. The race was called just before 8:30 p.m.
Opinions on the measure varied by age. The measure had support from 56 percent of voters under age 35, but only 30 percent support from voters older than 65, polls showed.
Under the measure, Oregonians 21 and older will be able to possess and smoke marijuana starting July 1 of 2015. Adults will be able to carry up to one ounce legally, and have up to eight ounces at home, per household. Each household will be allowed grow up to four plants at a time for personal use.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will regulate the sale of marijuana in a similar way it regulates alcohol. People over the age of 21 can purchase a limited amount of marijuana from licensed retailers. It will likely take around two years before the system is up and running in the state. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will have until January 1, 2016 to set up the system and rules for processing and selling pot. They could start accepting applications January 4.
Leave a Reply