Oregon marijuana legalization activists have paid close attention to Washington’s experiment with legal pot and have said they’re determined to do things differently. Home marijuana cultivation would be allowed in Oregon, for instance. And drivers in Oregon won’t face the driver impairment standards for THC imposed under Washington’s recreational pot law.
Oregon, unlike Washington, already regulates medical marijuana dispensaries, a key element that sets the neighboring states apart.
The expansion of Oregon medical-marijuana marketers into recreational sales would mark a very different industry evolution than in Washington, where there is a sharp separation between heavily regulated pot shops open to all adults and a much bigger medical-marijuana trade with scant government oversight.
Taxes on recreational pot in Oregon would be lower than Washington.
“We definitely learned the need to implement an effective tax rate that brings marijuana out of the criminal market into the regulated market,” said Anthony Johnson, an Oregon attorney who is the initiative’s chief petitioner.
In other marijuana-related news:
The New York Times editorial board endorses marijuana legalization measures in Alaska, Washington, D.C., and Oregon. The Times writes that the taxes spelled out in the Oregon measure would allow the legal market to compete with the black market one.
A Clackamas County couple is accused of exceeding state medical marijuana limits at their grow site, reports Oregonian staff writer Rick Bella.
And don’t miss the spirited discussion in the comments section of my Q&A with legalization opponent Kevin Sabet.
— Noelle Crombie
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