Legalize It: Oregon OK’s Recreational Marijuana Use, Time To Light Up

Coburn Palmer - Author

Jul. 1 2015, Updated 1:02 p.m. ET

As the clock struck midnight Wednesday, marijuana smokers across Oregon lit up their first legal joints to celebrate the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The move makes Oregon the fourth state in the country to legalize marijuana following Washington State, Colorado, Alaska, and the District of Columbia, according to Reuters.

The legislation, passed by voters last November by 56 percent, allows for the retail sale of marijuana, private possession up to 8 ounces inside the home, and one ounce outside the home along with possession of up to four plants.

Most importantly, it allows adults over 21 to legally smoke marijuana in their own homes and out of public view.

Not every Oregon resident is happy about the new law, however.

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Another bill is on its way to the governor that would allow cities which voted against legalized marijuana to prohibit retail sales.

Smoking in public, driving while high, transporting marijuana outside the state, and possession by minors remain illegal.


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