Marijuana Legalization in Portland, Oregon
Oregon was initially the very first U.S. state to pass a law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of cannabis. It is also among the first States to legalize marijuana in the US. It is believed that the State tried to recriminalize possession of small quantities of weed in 1997 but the move was turned down by voters.
Today there is a stretch nicknamed “Green Mile” along the Northern-east Sandy Boulevard in Portland, Oregon where numerous medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries dominate. There are more than 10 weed dispensaries competing for consumers here according to Matt Walstaller who was the first legal weed investor in the region when he opened Pure Green not more than years ago. More competitors are moving into the area which is slowing traffic for the first dealers in the area.
This is a clear indication of how much people love weed in Portland, Oregon. It is believed that today the area has more than 80,000 patients registered as medical marijuana cardholders. Portland alone has more than 12000 patients. The area is home to not less than 147 and 136 recreational and medicinal marijuana dispensaries respectively serving the residents.
Well, the number of applicants for recreational and medicinal marijuana licenses is increasing each day according to Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) the licensing and regulatory body. The local authorities are very specific in terms of the sale of Medicinal and Recreational Marijuana in the region. The law requires that weed dispensaries sell their products to persons who are 21 years and above. The Oregon Health Authority works towards ensuring that weed users practice safe weed consumption and purchasing through licensed marijuana dispensaries. In Portland, Oregon medicinal marijuana card holders are only allowed to have 6 plants and 24 ounces of dried flower .Recreational patients, on the other hand, are permitted to be in possession of 4 plants in addition to 8 ounces of dried flower.
Currently, more investors are now turning to recreational sales due to the fierce competition in medicinal marijuana dealing which may compel patients to go to retail stores. The OLCC entered into a partnership with Franwell Metrc with an aim of training all OLCC Recreational Marijuana through workshops, seminars, and webinar sessions.
Legalization of marijuana comes with many benefits for the region including; Decrease in Crime Rates, increased tax revenues, a decrease in traffic fatalities among other economic benefits. It is said that the government collects more than $ 25.5 million in marijuana taxes each financial year since they legalized weed. In Portland, the local authority collects a minimum of $ 3 million dollars annually with the figure expected to reach $ 5 in near future.
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