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New Oregon Marijuana Stores Slated To Open In 2016

Adults in Oregon will be able to grow and use marijuana starting July 1. Buying it legally is another matter.
Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network
Adults in Oregon will be able to grow and use marijuana starting July 1. Buying it legally is another matter.

The Oregon Legislature moved up the start of retail marijuana sales at existing dispensaries, but the state’s Liquor Control Commission is still writing rules for new stores.

Oregonians will be able to buy legal, recreational marijuana as soon as October 1, but only from existing dispensaries -- the ones that are currently selling medical marijuana. New recreational shops, like the ones in Washington and Colorado, are still a ways off.

“This is probably a lot of what it looked like when states began adopting liquor laws after the repeal of prohibition,” said Tom Towslee, the OLCC’s marijuana spokesperson.

He said retail stores won’t be able until to apply for a license until January 1. Then it will still be a few more months before stores get licenses and can open.

Still, Oregon dispensaries will make the state the fastest to get to market after legalization.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

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