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What is Measure 91?

Over the past several years there has been a shift in the way the country sees marijuana use. Subsequently, many states -- like Oregon -- have decriminalized marijuana use. Recently, states have gone ever further allowing residents to legal use recreational marijuana. As many Oregonians likely know, Measure 91 was recently passed. Some may wonder how it effects marijuana use within the state.

According to Oregon Liquor Control Commission, Measure 91 makes marijuana possession legal in some circumstances. Starting on July 15, 2015, Oregon will allow for the possession and personal use of recreational marijuana. The regulation of its use, the taxation of the drug and licenses will be controlled by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

Under Measure 19, adults that are 21-years-old and older will be allowed to use and grow small amounts of recreational marijuana. People younger than 21 will not be permitted to use marijuana, no matter where they are.

The law allows people to carry up to one ounce of the drug in public. However, using the drug in public -- including in bars -- will remain illegal. People will be allowed under the law to grow up to four plants in their home. These plants must remain out of public view. People will also be allowed to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana in their home.

Even after Measure 91 goes into effect, people can still face drug charges for possession of large amounts of marijuana. While the state figures out how to implement these new laws, there can be some issues with enforcement. This post cannot provide legal advice, therefore those facing penalties for marijuana use or possession should speak with an attorney.

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