Oregon Becomes Third U.S. State To Allow Recreational Marijuana Sales

OREGON: Marijuana sales for recreational use began in Oregon on Thursday as it joined Washington state and Colorado in allowing the sale of a drug that remains illegal under U.S. federal law.

Oregon residents 21 years and older can buy up to a quarter-ounce (seven grams) of dried pot at roughly 200 existing medical-use marijuana dispensaries as a new law took effect.

Backers hope the law will help curb a flourishing black market, but opponents say it heightens drug use and access by children.

About 40 people lined up outside the medical pot dispensary Shango in a strip mall near Portland International Airport for the chance to buy recreational pot one minute after midnight, when the changes went into effect.

“We came to be part of the experiment,” said Juliano Hamana, 24, in line with his girlfriend.

Colorado Begins $5.7 Million ‘Good To Know’ Campaign For Marijuana Awareness

COLORADO:  The state of Colorado is spending $5.7 million to educate its citizens about the responsible use of marijuana in a major public campaign beginning this month.

The “Good to Know” initiative will utilize radio broadcasts, newspapers and the Internet, USA Today reports.

The campaign apparently has a folksy and relatable tone to it, with one of the radio spots featuring a rhyming cowboy and banjo music. Colorado’s chief medical officer Dr. Larry Wolk says its goal is to educate without alienating.

 

More Than 100 Recreational Marijuana Shops In Line To Open In Colorado

COLORADO:  Colorado could have more than 100 recreational-marijuana stores open Jan. 1, according to newly released numbers from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The division, which oversees Colorado’s regulation of marijuana businesses, accepted 136 applications in October from people seeking to open recreational pot shops. The division also accepted 28 applications for recreational marijuana-infused-products businesses and 174 applications for recreational cultivation facilities. [Read more…]

More Than 100 Recreational Marijuana Shops In Line To Open In Colorado

COLORADO:  Colorado could have more than 100 recreational-marijuana stores open Jan. 1, according to newly released numbers from the state’s Marijuana Enforcement Division.

The division, which oversees Colorado’s regulation of marijuana businesses, accepted 136 applications in October from people seeking to open recreational pot shops. The division also accepted 28 applications for recreational marijuana-infused-products businesses and 174 applications for recreational cultivation facilities. [Read more…]