Oregon is giving away free marijuana to celebrate legalization of the drug

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OREGON — Starting July 1, it will be legal for adults 21 or older to possess and use recreational marijuana in Oregon.

Residents can grow up to 4 plants per residence, as long as they are out of public view.

Applications for large-scale growers and retailers aren’t being accepted until early 2016, and no Oregon stores are expected to have marijuana for sale until the fall of 2016.

Although weed is legal, there is nowhere to buy it.

So marijuana entrepreneurs are giving away samples.

The Oregonian, a news outlet in Oregon, reported that a group called the Portland chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws will gather near a bridge at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 30.

At midnight (July 1), all adults with IDs that show they are 21 or older will be given free marijuana and cannabis seed.

“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.”

Then on Friday, July 3, there will be an event called Weed the People held in Portland.

The event, which costs $40 for advance tickets, will allow sharing and sampling of up to 7 grams per attendee to legally use on the premises or to take home for later use.

“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!”


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