Recreational marijuana in Portland is just around the corner, and so are the recreational laws. This July 1st, Measure 91 officially takes effect. It allows for people in Oregon to grow, smoke, and consume marijuana and marijuana products. It’s going to be awesome as as it sounds, but there are some expected speed bumps. The website whatslegaloregon.com breaks it down nicely – what is and is not allowed come July 1st.
Essentially, you can grow a personal supply and use it in most ways – except “homemade marijuana extracts” (section 57). Making your own concentrates will still be illegal. But, the law allows for the gifting of marijuana items, as long as money is not involved. How can you get your hands on recreational concentrates? Well, let’s say a friend is a medical patient and just happens to bring some legal “marijuana extract” to the dab session. If they gift you some of their medications, their extracts, are you legally liable? Not explicitly, according to Measure 91. The measure’s lacking specificity leaves ample opportunity for loopholes.
Come July 1st, four marijuana plants are allowed per home (see section 6, exemption a). This applies per household, not per resident, so your house with four roomies still can’t have sixteen plants. But, Measure 91 does not specify the size limit of the plant (re: there isn’t one), so your four sativa plants, for example, can grow as tall as your grow unit allows. That means more buds, and a higher flower yield! But watch out, there is a limit of eight “useable” ounces per household (section 79). You can theoreteically have ten ounces curing and as long as the smokeable stuff is within 8 ounces, you’re good. Just prepare to gift what you can’t legally have when it’s all ready to smoke.
Section 46 says that Marijuana may not be given as a prize “for a lottery, contest, game of chance or skill, or competition of any kind.” Here the measure is oddly specific, which is good. If your friends are playing a game and smoking recreationally, and one person happens to both be in the lead and gifted marijuana… well, that’s within legal bounds. The key is to gift the marijuana or marijuana products before the game, contest, “competition of any kind,” has concluded. The primary definition of “prize” is “a thing given as a reward to the winner of a competition or race or in recognition of another outstanding achievement” (thanks, Google). Those summer BBQ games can still be fun – if your friend still hasn’t won recognition, it is legal to gift them marijuana like you would on any other occasion.
Measure 91 opens a lot of previously closed doors. With the ability to grow, harvest, and smoke your own product, people can partake in a much healthier industry. The law’s limitations are a good jumping off point, but for those of you who want to test the bounds, Measure 91 leaves open plenty of loopholes. I’ll leave you with this: happy hunting!