Not only are you free to smoke weed—you can score some free weed.
Starting tomorrow on July 1, Oregon laws go into effect making recreational marijuana legal for adults who are at least 21 years old. Here’s the catch—sure you can use weed legally without having to worry about getting busted, but there’s still nowhere to buy it. And of course, that cool guy you’ve been buying it from this whole time is technically still illegal. It’ll be interesting to see how this all pans out.
Meanwhile, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission doesn’t have plans to approve marijuana sales until the fall of 2016. Keep in mind you are able to legally grow marijuana—up to four plants per residence, out of public view—and share it with other of-age adults too.
We have some good news though, for those who are looking to score some green for free. Marijuana proponents and entrepreneurs have got together to take the very welcomed step of simply giving samples away. The Oregonian reports that the Portland chapter of NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) will celebrate the momentous event by gathering on the west side of the Burnside Bridge tonight at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. At midnight (therefore July 1), all 21+ adults with ID will be given free marijuana and cannabis seeds, courtesy of medical marijuana providers and activists.
“While it becomes legal to possess and cultivate cannabis, there is no legal place in Oregon to buy marijuana itself or cannabis seeds and starts,” a statement from the group explains. “Portland NORML will educate the public and our partners will give away thousands of seeds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana this year so Washington State and the black market do not benefit from our new marijuana legality.”
Later in the week, on Friday, July 3, an event called Weed the People is being held at the MCF Craft Brewing Systems facility in North Portland. Admission to the event isn’t free—advance tickets cost $40—but once visitors are inside, marijuana is indeed free to use on the premises or bring home for later enjoyment. Each attendee is welcomed to take as much as 7 grams, cultivated by a range of Oregon growers that have been producing the state’s supply of medicinal marijuana.
“This is more than free weed,” organizers say on the event site. “This is more than vendors, food and vapes. This is history in the making!”
Head over to whatslegaloregon.com for a quick reference on any questions you may have about legal marijuana in Oregon.