The difference between Colorado & Oregon recreational cannabis laws.

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So what's the difference between Colorado & Oregon's recreational cannabis laws?

Colorado was the nations first state to legalize and implement recreational cannabis sales for adults 21 or over. Recently, Oregon has became the third state to allow for recreational sales. Let's break down the differences.

How much flower can a recreational consumer purchase?

Colorado

Colorado allows for in state consumers 21+ (Valid state issued I.D) to purchase up to 1 ounce per a visit and 7 grams for consumers outside of the state/country. This also allows for edible and concentrates to be sold under the weight they are valued at. AKA: 1 gram flower equivalent equals 10 - 10mg cookies.

Oregon

Oregon allows for all 21+ consumers to purchase up to 7 grams of flower. Oregon will not allow the sale of retail cannabis edibles and concentrates until 2016.

Recreational cannabis tax.

Colorado

Colorado charges 21.12% on all Recreational cannabis goods. The 21.12% tax includes but not limited to: State sales tax, RTD Tax, Retail cannabis tax.

Oregon

Oregon does not charge any recreational cannabis tax until 2016. At that time the recreational cannabis tax is rumored to be 17%-25%. 

How much cannabis can I grow at home?

Colorado

Colorado state law allows for a Colorado resident to grow up to 6 plants per an adult. 3 flowering, 3 vegging. 

Oregon

Oregon state law allows for a Oregon resident to grow up to 4 plants per an adult. Four adults in one residence does not mean 16 plants. The limit is four per residence.

Where can I smoke cannabis?

Colorado

Cannabis must be consumed in a private residence. Some apartments allow for smoking, however for insurance reasons.. most will not allow you to.  Cannabis can not be consumed in public areas.

Oregon

Cannabis must be consumed in a private residence. Some apartments allow for smoking, however for insurance reasons.. most will not allow you to. Cannabis cannot be consumed in public areas. 

Advertisement in the recreational cannabis industry. 

Colorado

Colorado adheres to a 70/30 rule. 70% of the reader ship or viewers must be verified to be 21+. Meaning, only certain publications/websites have the correct demographic to allow for dispensaries and MIP companies to run campaigns. 

Oregon

Oregon currently does not have any laws in regards to 70/30 until January. This means dispensaries can advertise on billboards, public transit, and many other areas that Colorado dispensaries cannot do. 

Working within a dispensary.

Colorado

In order to work within a recreational dispensary in Colorado you must obtain a state issued Colorado MED badge. (Key or Support badge) This requires to have a instate ID, federal background check, and many other requirements.  

Oregon

At the moment Oregon does not require any special permits to work in a retail store. Other than a W4, I-9, and other standard job related paperwork, you can work within the Oregon cannabis industry. 

Selling product to a recreational dispensary.

Colorado

To operate a dispensary or MIPS company (Edibles/Concentrates), you must obtain state issued licences. If you are a home grower or edible producer, you cannot walk into a dispensary and sell them your product. However, if you sell non-infused products that are not intended for human consumption, you can sell your product directly to the dispensary. 

Oregon

At the moment, you do not need to be a licensed facility to sell your product to a dispensary. If the dispensary likes your infused product, they can purchase it directly from you or a broker. Edibles do need to adhere to some packaging regulations but not nearly as many as Colorado.  

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