Nov 17, 2016 9:15 AM

Is Weed Legal in Oregon? Yes, But Not Everywhere

Is marijuana legal in Oregon? Even though the state have legalized recreational marijuana use for adults over 21 more than two years ago, dozens of Oregon localities continue to ban both medical and recreational marijuana sales on the local level. So, even despite being fully legalized in Oregon, legal weed is a controversial topic for both lawmakers and entrepreneurs. But last week, when nine states decided whether to allow cannabis use in some form, some Oregon communities made decisions that are crucial for Oregon cannabis businesses. WeedLex will tell you more about the results of the last week's ballot and the changes that are to follow it.

Weed taxes will be lower, even with an additional local tax

Over 100 communities in Oregon voted on the implementation of local tax in addition to the state's general marijuana sales tax. Most localities, including Portland, Eugene, Bend, and Salem, passed the marijuana sales tax measures that allowed local authorities to increase recreational weed sales taxes by up to 3 percent. The tax revenue from this additional cannabis sales tax will go strait to the local budget.

In 2015, when Oregon launched recreational weed sales, local businesses and marijuana users enjoyed a few months of tax-free marijuana sales. The state's current recreational cannabis tax rate of 25 percent took effect on Jan. 1, 2016. But next year, starting from Jan. 1, 2017, Oregon's marijuana sales tax will be lowered to 17 percent. In the communities that passed local marijuana tax measures, the cannabis tax will still be lower than the current tax rateā€•up to 20 percent.

Recreational cannabis ban lifted in 15 communities

Aside from the marijuana tax measures, voters in 60 communities voted on whether to allow medical or recreational marijuana in their cities. Most localities supported recreational marijuana ban initiatives, although voters in 15 Oregon towns, including Albany, Oregon City, and Scappoose, voted against banning marijuana businesses and allowed medical and/or recreational weed sales withing their borders.

By lifting the ban on marijuana sales in their hometowns, the voters made a step towards two major improvements. First, it will allow cannabis entrepreneurs to open more marijuana dispensaries and growing facilities across the state, creating more jobs for local professionals. And secondly, those localities that allowed marijuana sales within their borders, will also start receiving cannabis tax revenues.

Over $25 Million Marijuana Taxes Collected in Oregon
A total of $25.5 million collected in Oregon in marijuana sales tax since January is about as much as state officials expected. While not a universal solution to all budget problems in the state, this new source of revenue will surely help balance the books in Oregon.
Aug 28, 2016 9:10 AM
Can Marijuana Taxes Solve Our Budget Problems?
People get so used to hearing about the impressive tax revenues that cannabis industry has brought to the local budgets of the states with legalized recreational weed, that it actually tricked some of them to thinking marijuana taxes can solve all the problems of their neighborhood.
Aug 24, 2016 9:10 AM
Oregon Issues Licenses for Growing and Selling Recreational Weed
Since April 29, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has started to issue the first bunch of licenses for growing and selling recreational marijuana to anyone over the age of 21. Oregon is going to fully embrace the weed industry by early next year.
May 19, 2016 9:07 AM