You Can Now Buy Recreational Marijuana In Oregon
Oregon now will allow the sale of recreational marijuana in limited quantities, but what benefits and challenges likely await the state?
Smoking marijuana recreationally has been legal in Oregon since July, but now, people can legally purchase the drug.
Anyone over the age of 21 can now buy a quarter ounce of dried leaves and flowers. Edibles likely won't be available until the second half of 2016. (Videos via Oregon Public Broadcasting and CNN)
Of course, legality comes with a hefty tax –– 25 percent in this case. However, it'll be sold tax-free until Jan. 4.
Most of the tax revenue will go to schools. The rest is largely divided between drug addiction services and funding to uphold the law.
No doubt, Oregon is trying to mimic the apparent successes of Colorado and Washington state. In 2014, the states raised roughly $63 million and $70 million respectively. (Video via WCPO)
The added revenue is obviously better than nothing, but schools aren't getting as much funding as you might think.
Being the first to legalize the drug, Colorado's been the most-used case study. USA Today reported earlier this year the state had only $17 million to pass on to schools.
If you divided that up among Colorado's 1,700 public schools, you'd have under $10,000 per school. And building a new school can range between $10 million and more than $100 million.
And in addition to competition with black-market dealers, Colorado's been losing potential revenue from residents sticking with medical dispensaries with much lower taxes. (Video via NBC)
Oregon will likely have to deal with these issues as well. So far, more than 200 dispensaries plan to sell recreational marijuana in the state.
This video includes images from Getty Images and SickestFame / CC BY 2.0.
At Weed Weddings, Couples Bring Cannabis Into Their Celebration
In states where recreational marijuana is legal, couples and wedding vendors have found creative ways to add a cannabis twist to some traditions.
10 Students Overdose After Apparently Taking Cannabis Edibles
The overdose of 10 students at a Los Angeles-area middle school was not fentanyl-related, but police are still investigating what caused it.
New York Issues First Licenses For Legal Pot Dispensaries
Some of the dispensaries, selected from a pool of more than 900 applicants, are expected to open by the end of the year.
NBA, players reach deal for a new labor agreement
One part says players will have to appear in at least 65 games in order to be eligible for the top individual awards such as Most Valuable Player.
Pope Francis leaves hospital; 'Still alive,' he quips
In a sign of his improved health, the Vatican released details of Pope Francis' Holy Week schedule.
One dead, several injured in roof collapse at Illinois theater
Severe weather is to blame for the roof collapse during a heavy metal concert at the Apollo Theater in Belvidere, Illinois.