Portland NORML to give lessons, seeds to residents as marijuana becomes legal – Portland Sun Times
With legal marijuana coming July 1 in Oregon, the Portland chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, will begin an educational campaign for adults looking to grow and cultivate their own marijuana plants.
The Daily Chronic reports on NORML’s plans throughout the week leading up to official legalization.
Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville will deliver a presentation on the latest updates to Oregon’s marijuana law, including the latest amendments to the House Bill 3400 that will shape much of the regulations in cannabis commerce.
Then on Tuesday night, June 30 at 11:30pm, Portland NORML will join other activist groups that are planning a celebratory photo opportunity on the west side of the Burnside Bridge with the iconic “Portland Oregon” sign in the background.
At the moment of midnight, as marijuana becomes legal, activists from Porkchop’s Projects (a veterans’ service organization) and Stoney Girl Gardens (a medical marijuana provider) will give any adult with identification some free cannabis seeds and some usable marijuana from within an enclosed tent, hidden from public view as required by the new law.
NORML is looking to fill a gap in the state’s marijuana market, as no dispensaries will be able to begin operations until after the calendar turns to July, and with the usual delays of having permits approved and the physical act of finding a storefront in the way, it could be months before dispensaries can be operational.
In that vein, The Cannabist reports recreational sales could begin October 1 at the earliest, leaving many potential customers with no way to purchase the product without growing it themselves.
Under a law approved last year by voters, marijuana use and possession becomes legal July 1. But regulators say it may be almost a year before they start issuing retail licenses. Until then, users would have to grow their own, get it from a friend or buy it on the black market.
Advocates say allowing early sales will ensure a legal avenue to distribute a large amount of marijuana that’s expected from the fall harvest. Some lawmakers wanted to start sales even sooner than Oct. 1.
This is one of the bigger logistical issues facing marijuana legalization advocates, and many remain murky about the legal details of what might happen if one were to buy black market pot or from out of state, which would go against federal law.