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Oregon Launches Recreational Marijuana Education Campaign

A public education campaign meant to help people understand the Oregon's new recreational marijuana law launched Tuesday.
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A public education campaign meant to help people understand the Oregon's new recreational marijuana law launched Tuesday.

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal to use in Oregon and the state Tuesday unveiled a public education campaign meant to help people understand the new law.

The ad campaign is aimed at 18-to-35 year-olds. It uses social media and commercials. One ad says, "Starting July 1, adults 21 and older in Oregon can possess and use recreational marijuana at home or on private property. But public use is still illegal."

But what constitutes public use? Can you smoke marijuana on your front porch, for instance? That's not spelled out in the law but officials say if other people can see you, it's probably a public place.

Other key details: You can have up to eight ounces of the drug in your home, you can't use it while driving, and you can't take it out of state.

And the public awareness campaign comes with this disclaimer: "Some aspects of the law are still being determined."

That's because state lawmakers are still considering possible changes to the voter-approved ballot measure that allows recreational marijuana use.

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Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage. Chris graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He began his career producing arts features for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana and has been a reporter/announcer for NPR station WNIJ in DeKalb, Illinois. Chris has also reported from overseas, filing stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.
Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.