How Oregon’s MJ Law Compares with Washington’s
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How Oregon’s MJ Law Compares with Washington’s
Posted by CN Staff on October 02, 2015 at 05:26:32 PT
By Evan Bush, Seattle Times Staff Reporter
Source: Seattle Times
Oregon -- With Voodoo doughnuts in hand, some Portlanders got their first taste of legal, recreational, purchased-in-Oregon weed early Thursday morning.With cheaper taxes, legal home grow and a regulated medical marijuana system, some in the Washington pot industry worry the state will struggle to compete once Oregon’s market gets running at full speed.
Here’s how Oregon’s law compares:PossessionIn Washington, people 21 and over can possess up to an ounce of marijuana. An ounce is the equivalent of about 60 average size joints.Oregon allows people 21 and over to possess eight times as much (8 oz.) at home and grow up to four plants per household. The Oregonian actually put together a video series that teaches people how to grow their own marijuana. As in Washington, Oregonians can carry an ounce around with them.Medical marijuana patients in both states are allowed to possess more pot and grow their own marijuana.SalesFor now, pot is only being sold through Oregon’s early sales program, which allows small amounts of marijuana to be sold through the state’s medical marijuana dispensaries.People are allowed to buy seven grams of pot, but not edibles or concentrates until the Oregon Liquor Control Commission launches its regulated market. The state is still working on permitting and rules for that marketplace.In Washington, more than 200 recreational stores are licensed, and more than 180 report sales. Dispensaries are still serving some medical-marijuana patients in Washington, but their number is not known and they will be folded into the state’s regulated system soon or be shut down.In Oregon, more than 200 medical dispensaries told the state they would be selling recreational pot as part of the early sales program.Neither state lets you consume pot in public.TaxesPot-buying cheapskates, celebrate: Recreational pot is tax free in Oregon until Jan. 4, when a 25-percent sales tax will be assessed. Once Oregon gets its recreational marijuana system fully operating, taxes will be between 17-20 percent.Taxes will go toward schools, mental health, drug and alcohol services, drug-abuse prevention, state police, cities and counties.Washington taxes marijuana at 37 percent. Legislators waged a war over marijuana money last session, but in the end left much of the funding for social services and the state’s general fund. The state now shares pot revenue with cities and counties.Employment LawNeither state protects pot-consuming employees from discrimination. You can still get fired if your employer prohibits marijuana use.Can you fly from Seattle to Portland with marijuana now? It’s certainly not advisable because airports are under federal jurisdiction. But, the TSA says it is not screening for marijuana or other drugs.Can you drive across the border with pot? Technically, crossing state lines with pot is a federal offense. But that doesn’t seem to have stopped people.Some of Washington state’s best-selling stores are near the Oregon border in Vancouver, Wash. One store told an Oregonian reporter it planned to ramp up concentrates and edibles sales to compete with Portland dispensaries.Source: Seattle Times (WA)Author: Evan Bush, Seattle Times Staff ReporterPublished: October 1, 2015Copyright: 2015 The Seattle Times CompanyContact: opinion seatimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #4 posted by observer on October 04, 2015 at 15:10:44 PT
Shooter Eschews Cannabis
Ok, I'm wrong. Looks like this latest school shooter (op?) didn't like pot, and appears authorities have been so far unable to dig up any hint, thread, shred, sliver, or clue at all, ever, that the person took, talked about, or looked at pot marijuana reefer, in any way shape or form. Nada de la Mota.Pure prepared, never-let-a-happenstance-crisis-go-to-waste anti-gun ownership propaganda from the usual statist quarters on the backs of these latest shooting victims? Yes.Did it knock the Oregon pot legalization roll-out out of the news cycle Oct 1? Yes.But so far, seems officials have been unable to link him to marijuana at all, in any sweep, record search, humint record, sigint data (and that is saying quite a lot), no police record on the matter, no military service (brief I know) records, nothing, whatsoever, at all, can be found to connect him with cannabis. So, it looks like I was wrong about that the pot and this shooter. Little reefer madness for Kincaid, O'Reilly, or Hitchens to latch on to there, so far. But what if things had been different?I see two possibilities with that. One, if things had been different: and he ingested a little cannabis (smoked some pot), he might have gone the way of Prussian Blue (they deny pot caused them to change their politics, but people often say cannabis calms them and makes them more introspective so you really have to wonder). He might have turned his talents to productive ends. And full of cannabis peace and mellowness (in my imaginary scenario), he would NOT have shot up a school for Chrissakes. Which (not in my imagination but sad reality) then became a convenient pretext; a pretext for government to steal more of our rights. If only he had cut class and instead went to the beach that day for a toke and a smile. If only.The other possibility (that is, if, hypothetically, the latest school shooter Manchurian Candidate (?) guy were to have used cannabis), is that he would have done his murderous deeds anyway. Then the usual aforementioned chorus would simply ... blame the pot.
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Comment #3 posted by observer on October 02, 2015 at 14:36:07 PT
If I didn't know better, I'd think the timing of the last Dunblane or Port Arthur or Sandy Hook or whatever that was, was somehow timed to detract from Oregon's news cycle of legalized pot sales to adults. My guess is that this latest hyper-suggestible Manchurian Candidate had been carefully groomed by spooky government shrinks for years. (see: "Konserve", "canned goods"; etc.) I predict also, that facts about his real drug use, the use of the most potent prescription psychiatric drugs (which were forced on him) will be censored. This information must be censored, must be withheld from people, we will be told, because of the utmost respect and esteem which government functionaries hold the privacy interests of the deceased shooter. Of course. Meanwhile the same government, government police, government hospitals, government courts and government schools will publish any scrap of info (certainly any government record) that will "show" the shooter used, you got it, "marijuana".  This will be followed by the a chorus of Cliff Kincaid, Bill O'Reilly, and Peter Hitchens singing in unison, their oft-sung siren songs and sagas of reefer madness - interspersed with paeans of pure praise for police power. If the past is any indication, then that's what I expect to happen.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on October 02, 2015 at 11:55:45 PT
next year will be epic. The referendums coming in Maine and Mass all feature tax rates between 6.5% and 15%. The two ballot initiatives in Mass. are either 6.5% and 12% total tax rate. We are moving in the right direction! More plants will be allowed as well.25% tax will be enough to sustain the black market I'm afraid.
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Comment #1 posted by runruff on October 02, 2015 at 09:08:11 PT
Cannabis Regulation and Prohibition.
Or, C.R.A.P.!
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