Measure 91: Loopholes in the Law

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.

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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!

 

Weed the People: A cannabis legalization celebration

Weed the People: a cannabis legalization celebration event

Go ahead and mark your calendar now. July 3, 2015, 2-9pm, at MCF Craft Brewing Systems in Portland, Oregon.

Weed the People: A cannabis legalization celebration presented by The C02 Company, The Portland Mercury and Oregon’s Cannabis Concierge, is setting a precedent and aiming to make history. In a nutshell, every adult over the age of 21+ who purchases a $40 ticket, will be able to share and sample up to 7 grams from Oregon’s best growers.

In addition, you will be able to meet local vendors and cannabis friendly companies, test vaporizers in the vape tent, receive a free gift bag, choose from an assortment of food to devour, and listen to some good music. And then you can call yourself officially spoiled.

Vendors and companies include: OG AnalyticalFireflyHerbalizer, Evo Vape, Green Bodhi & Calyxes Dispensary, Panacea Dispensary, True North Extracts, Raw Papers, Next Leaf Oregon, Phylos Bioscience & Two Dogs In a Boat, Roman Candle, Bunk Sandwiches & Stumptown CoffeeAquarium Drunkard7 Points Oregon & Raw Papers.

When Denver and Seattle legalized marijuana, they had a couple of what you can call ‘get-together celebrations.’ When Portland legalizes marijuana, this will be something entirely different and on a grander scale. You’re not going to want to miss this.

Mark your calendar for July 3, from 2-9pm.

For more information, check out the Weed the People: A cannabis legalization celebration website.

Educate Before You Recreate: What’s Legal, Oregon!

Even though legal marijuana is for adults 21 and older, the new campaign to inform everyone about the rules and regulations comes across as a little under age and juvenile. First of all, the slogan: Educate Before You Recreate, seems like something that would be introduced to a junior high cheer squad. Secondly, it doesn’t help that the use of hues on the infographic, located on the campaigns website, is primary color dominant.

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Educate before you recreate (size cropped to show comparison)

 

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Kindergarten quilt pattern

 

Once you can get past the aesthetics, the Educate Before You Recreate infographic makes it clear that you must be 21+ years of age, use cannabis in the confines of private property, possess up to 4 plants, , that it’s illegal to drive under the influence, and that you can share or give away but you can’t sell or purchase (except from a licensed store).

But there are a couple of rules, regulations, or laws, that are not so clear:

1) You can’t take marijuana in or out of the state. That includes Washington

Doesn’t it seem a little odd that you can’t purchase legal cannabis in a legal state and cross the border to another legal state?

But besides this, is it against the law? We don’t actually know because the infographic doesn’t tell us. Although, it does make it clear that public use is illegal, along with underage possession and consumption.

1) You can make edible products at home or receive them as a gift, and can only use them in private places

What are private places? We understand that you can use marijuana on private property and you can’t use marijuana in public. But what is a private place? Can private places be a stall in a public bathroom? Can private places be the inside of a parked car? Can private places be behind a dumpster in an alley? Can I make a private place on the sidewalk using cardboard boxes and my imagination?

At any rate, we never liked laws against where you can consume edibles. If someone is sitting on a bench in the middle of the city eating a cookie, do you automatically think that they are eating a cannabis-infused cookie?

You can check out the Educate Before You Recreate website here.

What are your thoughts about Educate Before You Recreate? Would you add any laws or regulations?

 

Mark your Calendar: Creative Cannabis Conference in Portland

July 1st: the big date this summer. Measure 91 kicks in and Oregon legalizes recreational marijuana.

But, for cannabis professionals, July 1st isn’t the only important date this season. From July 29-30th, the Portland Expo Center is hosting the Creative Cannabis Conference. More than 20 sponsors, 38 speakers, and 600 “business professionals” will be in one place. The conference will showcase new leading technology, discuss new legal regulation, and present new techniques for retail/marketing. As with all like-minded professionals in the same field, networking is key, and the conference has invited some of the biggest industry names. So who’s on the roster?

Cy Scott, co-founder of the favorite app and website: Leafly, worked his way to the top of this industry. Leafly’s site hosts 4mil hits monthly. Its reviews of local strains and dispensaries make it something of a bible, and Cy Scott something of a co-messiah, for marijuana users.

Noah Stokes, the founder/CEO of CannaGuard Security, will also be presenting. What is CannaGuard Security? Unbeknownst to most of us, it’s an essential aspect of buying marijuana. They supply Northwest dispensaries with a security system tailored to the cannabis industry’s needs. Stokes earned a reputation within the industry as invaluable for protecting marijuana-users and non-users alike.

David Rheins is the founder of the Marijuana Business Association. The MJBA for short, is a way for Rheins and others, like Morgan, President/Founder of MJBA’s women’s alliance, to give back to the industry. The MJBA “provides business intelligence,” is a key source of networking, and is an asset to cannabis professionalism.

If you’’re familiar vaporizers, you may have heard of Vuber. Jim Makoso, the “founding partner” of Vuber Technologies in Seattle, will also be speaking. Specializing in both dry herb and concentrates, Vuber’s vapes have lifetime warrantees. In an industry where everything can break in an instant (lookin’ at you, glass), that care to customer satisfaction makes Makoso and Vuber keynote players.

Adam Stites made legal edibles happen in Washington State with his company Mirth Provisions. Using ingredients from local farms, Mirth Provisions provides both drinkables and edibles to the medical and recreational users in Washington. Stites is just another one of the almost 40 industry leaders speaking.

The list continues, chock-full of knowledgeable, respectable cannabis professionals. With recreational weed just around the corner, this conference is a great bookend to July. A month of celebrating, ended with the Creative Cannabis Conference, and the branding and professionalism of marijuana. If you consider yourself a cannabis professional, you’ll find the $245.00 Early Bird registration fee worth it (ends June 30th), and get your cannabis-infused self over to the Portland Expo Center from July 29-30th!

New marijuana business opportunities abound

Whenever a brand new industry is born, so do the opportunities.

One of the most famous industries happened when gold was discovered in Coloma, California in 1849. This resulted in a rush where people travelled from across the globe at a chance at riches. Sure, gold was the commodity everyone was talking about, but most of the ones who made money started businesses surrounding the product. For example, outfitting stores, guides, transportation services, etc.

The gold rush is history, but another nugget of sorts is beginning to receive the same buzz. This time it’s not in California, but just north in the state of Oregon. Even though recreational marijuana is not yet technically legal (it will be in July of this year), opportunities are already there for those who want to cash in.

Think about it. There was no warning about the 1849 gold rush. It happened and it a mad dash resulted. With the aptly named Green Rush, everyone knows it’s going to happen. Although you don’t see a mad dash. It’s almost a wait and see. But history tends to repeat itself, and it’s those who understand that may be in the right place at the right time.

Noah Stokes, founder and CEO of OmniGuard Security is one of those people. He is setting gearing for the recreational marijuana industry in Oregon by opening a division of his company called CannaGuard Security.

Hal Snow, an attorney with Garvey Schubert Barer is already offering services with clients in the industry.

These are just two examples. But there is room for many types of services. For example, Hotels.com just reported that searches for stays in Oregon after July 1, 2015 has increased by 65%. What about a marijuana bed and breakfast? How about a weed tourism service for those who want to check out local recreational producers or retail stores when they open?

Opportunities abound and some have taken that first step. We are just surprised not more have embraced what history has taught us.