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.

Seattle’s Top Cop Buys Pot — Legally!

WASHINGTON: The Evergreen State became the second state in the union to allow for recreational marijuana sales to adults.  More than 200 customers waited in line, along with an equal number of press — straight, cannabis and internet — at Seattle’s Cannabis City in SODO.

ACLU Attorney and I-502 author Alison Holcomb spoke, as did Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who proclaimed an end to “the failed war on drugs.”  The Emerald City’s top cop made news by not only opening the pot shop (you didn’t see that in Denver) but by making a purchase as well. Yes! He exercised his personal freedom by purchasing legal weed!

Washington’s rollout was much less dramatic than Colorado’s. While the mile high city, Denver, had more than a dozen stores on opening day back on January 1. Seattle has but one, and the state at large has only issued 25 recreational retail licenses, with only a few managing to open today.  More are expected to open in the days and weeks ahead. Stay tuned here for details.

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