Oregon Marijuana Implementation Information


Oregon, the third state to vote in favor of cannabis legalization, will actually be the fourth (fifth, if you add in Washington, D.C.) state to legalize marijuana on July 1st of this year. Cannabis commerce among adults over the age of 21 won’t be legal until 2016 (likely the latter half) as the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) won’t start accepting applications for state-regulated marijuana businesses until January 4, 2016. However, it will still be legal to possess marijuana and share it with other adults over 21. It is imperative that concerned citizens and voters have the proper Oregon marijuana implementation information to have the necessary knowledge to follow the law, engage in state-regulated business or help ensure that the will of the more than 56% of voters who voted “YES” on marijuana legalization.

In the meantime, the Oregon Legislature is holding hearings on marijuana bills that impact both Measure 91 and the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. Most of those bills are heard from the Joint (yes, really) Committee on Measure 91 Implementation. Additionally, the OLCC will soon start its rule-making process after appointing a Rules Advisory Committee to help develop the rules and regulations pertaining to state-regulated marijuana businesses.

Many issues are left to be considered, but most importantly, the will of the voters needs to be implemented, so please make your voice heard. To stay informed and to voice your concerns, please see the links below.

Oregon marijuana implementation information:

OLCC Measure 91 Information & FAQ Page

Sign up for Alerts for OLCC Marijuana Meetings/Events

Joint Committee on Measure 91 Implementation Members & Agenda

Joint Committee on Measure 91 Implementation Committee Assigned Measures

New Approach Oregon, political action committee (PAC) responsible for Measure 91: Sign Up for Alerts

Get your facts:

Drug Policy Alliance: Reforming Marijuana Laws

ACLU of Oregon Marijuana Arrest Racial Disparities

 Drug War Facts: Marijuana


Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.