Oregon is marking its first year of legal marijuana and with it some milestones: We are buying a lot of pot and the sales are generating millions in tax revenue — but not in the eastern half of the state, where the idea remains particularly unpopular.
Other cannabis trends worth noting: Oregon recorded an uptick in marijuana-impaired drivers last year and the Oregon Poison Center fielded more calls from people who felt sick after overindulging.
Last July 1, Oregon became one of a handful of states where anyone 21 and older can possess pot and grow it in their backyard.
The state’s official recreational marijuana marketplace, complete with seed-to-sale tracking, won’t open until later this year. But the Legislature gave the go-ahead for early recreational pot sales earlier this year, allowing consumers to walk into one of hundreds of existing medical marijuana dispensaries to buy pot, including marijuana-infused edibles and extracts.
Some key takeaways