Salem City Council Allows Early Recreational Pot Sales

OREGON:  The Salem City Council voted 8 to 1 Monday night to allow early sales of recreational marijuana. Mayor Anna Peterson was the only member to vote no.

The decision will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to sell recreational pot to people 21 and over starting on October 1, more than three months ahead of the state’s planned start date.

At the city council meeting, some voters expressed frustration that the early sales period was even up for debate. Others were angry that council only gave the public two days notice that it would be on Monday’s agenda.

City Council To Ponder Early Marijuana Sales

OREGON:  The Salem City Council has two decisions to make about marijuana sales in the city, and members will begin the process Monday, Aug. 31.

The most immediate is whether the city is going to allow or prohibit the “early sales” period beginning on Oct. 1, of recreational marijuana from medical marijuana facilities. A decision that’s made somewhat complicated to both local city code and state law.

In Nov. 2014 Oregon passed Measure 91, which, legalized the recreational sale and use of marijuana in Oregon. And at the end of legislature passed a law that allowed for sales of tax-free recreational marijuana at medical dispensaries to begin Oct. 1 – more than three months ahead of the planned start date of recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 4.