The Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries (BOLI) has answered the following questions:

Q: What is the purpose of legalizing recreational marijuana?


A: As stated in Measure 91, the purpose of the Act is to:

  • Eliminate the problems caused by the prohibition and uncontrolled manufacture, delivery, and possession of marijuana within this state;
  • Protect the safety, welfare, health, and peace of the people of this state by prioritizing the state's limited law enforcement resources in the most effective, consistent, and rational way;
  • Permit persons licensed, controlled, regulated, and taxed by this state to legally manufacture and sell marijuana to persons 21 years of age and older, subject to the provisions of this Act;
  • Ensure that the State Department of Agriculture issues industrial hemp licenses and agricultural hemp seed production permits in accordance with existing state law;
  • Establish a comprehensive regulatory framework concerning marijuana under existing state law.

Q: What does Measure 91 do?
A: Measure 91 allows Oregonians to grow limited amounts of marijuana on their property and to possess personal limited amounts of recreational marijuana for personal use beginning July 1, 2015 under Oregon law. The measure also gives OLCC authority to tax, license and regulate recreational marijuana grown, sold, or processed for commercial purposes. The OLCC does not regulate the home grow/personal possession provisions of the law. The sale of small amounts of recreational marijuana through medical marijuana dispensaries beginning October 1 is regulated by the Oregon Health Authority. The OLCC will begin accepting applications for growers, wholesalers, processors and retail outlets on January 4, 2016.


Q. When did Measure 91 go into effect?
A. The home grow/personal possession provisions of the measure started on July 1, 2015. Sales of small amounts of recreational marijuana through medical marijuana dispensaries will begin October 1. Visit the Oregon Health Authority's website to locate participating dispensaries. The OLCC will begin issuing commercial recreational marijuana licenses to growers, wholesalers, processors and retail outlets in 2016.


Q. Who will implement the initiative?
A. The initiative designates the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as the state agency that will regulate the commercial growing and selling of recreational marijuana. It also gives the OLCC authority to license and regulate commercial recreational marijuana operations. The OLCC has no authority to regulate or enforce the home grow/personal possession provisions of the law. Sales of small amounts of recreational marijuana through medical marijuana dispensaries are regulated through the Oregon Health Authority.


Q: Has Measure 91 been changed from what voters approved?
A: Yes. The 2015 session of the Oregon Legislature made technical changes to Measure 91. It also authorized the sale of small amounts of recreational marijuana through Oregon Health Authority medical marijuana dispensaries, beginning October 1. The Legislature also changed the way recreational marijuana is taxed. Instead of the OLCC imposing the tax at the grower level, it will now be imposed at the retail level and collected by the Department of Revenue.