History of CBD and Cannabis In – Oregon
A liberalization and legalization of cannabis and CBD laws is starting across the nation. Beginning in the late 1990s, states began to look towards more liberal cannabis law. Today, 33 states (and Washington, D.C.) have legalized medical marijuana, while another 11 (and D.C.) have legalized recreational marijuana.
The 50 states in the United States of America have all taken different approaches to legalizing marijuana and CBD, approaches which largely mirror their own ideological bent.
A great example of this trend is Oregon, a state with one of the most liberal cannabis and CBD laws in the nation.
Medical Marijuana in Oregon
Oregon was one of the first states to legalize Medical Marijuana. It’s legalization in the state goes back to 1998, when the state passed Ballot Measure 67 by a 54.5-45.5% vote. That law removed penalties for possession and use of marijuana for medical purposes, while also creating the first state registry of medical marijuana users in the entire United States. The law also set which diseases medical marijuana could be used for (at the time, this was much more limited to things like cancer and chronic pain) while also allowing for extremely limited personal cultivation (no more than seven plants).
The program has since expanded by later acts of the Oregon Legislature and further initiatives.
Marijuana Decriminalization in Oregon
The state of Oregon has always had a more liberal attitude towards marijuana. In 1973, the state passed on of the first decriminalization laws in the entire country, creating a fine only for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana. Possession of higher amounts, sale or cultivation resulted in stiffer penalties. Penalties for marijuana possession were tightened in 1997, but ultimately removed when marijuana was fully legalized in the state.
Broadly speaking, Oregon has always been a state where it has had higher rates of marijuana use than the national average, a trend that has only accelerated as laws towards marijuana use have become more permissive.
Marijuana Legalization in Oregon
Oregon is one of 11 states to fully legalize marijuana for recreational purposes. This occurred with Ballot Measure 91, which passed in 2014 by a 56-44% margin. The law took effect on July 1, 2015, and allowed for anyone over the age of 21 to possess and grow a limited amount of marijuana. Users could have up to an ounce of marijuana on them (in public), 8 ounces in their home, four plants and ten seeds. This created a relatively liberal regulatory scheme when it came to limits on personal possession. Retail outlets could sell marijuana, but had to be licensed by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
CBD in Oregon
As you can imagine given the state’s liberal marijuana cultures and laws, CBD is widely available and legal in Oregon. CBD could be sold anywhere in the state, with no registration or license, as long as the CBD contained less than .3% THC and made no medical claims.