Oregon’s recreational marijuana laws now in effect

By Loren Penner
Measure 91 allows Oregonians to grow limited amounts of marijuana on their property and to possess personal limited amounts of recreational marijuana for personal use beginning July 1, 2015 under Oregon law. The ability to buy marijuana at a retail outlet is not expected to start until the fall of 2016.

In August 2013, the federal Justice Department updated its enforcement policy concerning the state legalization of marijuana, making it clear that while the DOJ had no plans to challenge legalization laws, marijuana is still illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Since marijuana is still classified as a Schedule I controlled substance in the same category as cocaine, LSD, heroin and ecstasy under the CSA, its possession, distribution and use continue to be prohibited at the federal level.

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