You can now legally smoke marijuana recreationally in 4 states since Oregon joined the list. I can only assume that more and more states will fall in line in the coming years, if our national policy doesn’t change first. The enormous amount of revenue that recreational pot sales has brought in for Colorado is simply too enticing to ignore.
Before you jump in your car and head over to Oregon, there are a few things you need to know about this newly legalized state.
- First things first, you cannot actually buy marijuana legally in Oregon until October 1, 2015.
- Just like everywhere else, you have to be at least 21 years of age to legally smoke marijuana.
- You can only have a very small amount of weed with you in public, one ounce. Thankfully you can have up to 8 ounces in your private residence.
- Got a green thumb? You are allowed to grow up to 4 cannabis plants per household.
- The tax man is going to be digging deep into your pockets once dispensaries open up in October. A whopping 25% sales tax is expected, while Colorado is expecting to lower theirs from 10% to 8% within the next year or so.
- While you are allowed to carry an ounce around in public, under no circumstances are you allowed to smoke it in public. Unfortunate, but we expect Oregon to loosen up on this once everyone is happily lifted in October.
- If you do smoke pot in public and get caught, expect a $130 – $2,000 fine.
- You can still lose your job if you smoke at work. It’s up to your bosses discretion to allow or prohibit marijuana use while on the job.
- No driving high, but you are allowed to have your dope in your car. Just no driving under the influence.
- Transporting your legal marijuana across state lines is still a major no-no.
- Oregon may have legalized recreational cannabis use, but each individual country has the right to ban it. Weird right?
Don’t let this list of rules and regulations harsh your buzz though, this is a huge step towards national legalization. As long as you are an adult, who doesn’t smoke more than an ounce each outing and you are ok with smoking at home or in designated areas you are good shape.
Cannabis smoker or not, you can appreciate that the vast majority of the revenue brought in through recreational marijuana sales is going straight to public schools, substance abuse programs and law enforcement in the state.
Toke on, my friends. 🙂
Author– The Chill Bud