SALEM, OR -- Recreational marijuana is now legal in Oregon. But, before you light up, Tom Towslee of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says you should educate yourself. "Know what the law is, know what's permissible and not permissible."
Using the slogan “Educate Before You Recreate,” Towslee says the OLCC's new website is part of a larger campaign that launched two weeks ago, and includes a social media campaign; radio, newspaper and digital ads.
Towslee acknowledges the legalization of recreational pot comes as the OLCC and the legislature continue to develop rules regarding the new law. He says the rulemaking process is moving along. "I think on the scale of 1-10, we're about a three on getting the rules ready; but they'll be done in the early fall and the Commission will get a chance to see them by then."
Recreational marijuana is only legal in Oregon for adults 21 and over. Measure 91 was approved by Oregon voters in November. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) says all eyes are on Oregon, today. "Our state has long been on the forefront of efforts to modernize and reform, starting with being the first state to decriminalize marijuana, one of the first with medical marijuana, and we think passing the best initiative of anywhere in the country."
On the federal level, Blumenauer says, "we've seen over a dozen pieces of bipartisan legislation to further modernize marijuana laws." U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) is expected to discuss his efforts on the federal level, as well, during a stop in Central Oregon, Tuesday afternoon.