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Oregon Senate Passes Bill Permitting Tax-Free Medical Marijuana In Recreational Shops

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Oregon lawmakers spent Tuesday afternoon in a joint committee meeting germinating the seeds of greater access by passing SB 1511, pushing the bill forward that would permit recreational pot shops to sell tax-free medical marijuana to the state’s many card-carrying patients.

Aimed at reducing redundancy while increasing access and revenue, the bill was easily passed by the Senate by a 18-10 vote … its passage means it’s now on to the House for their full consideration.

The bill directs the Oregon Liquor Control Commission to integrate the states recreational and medical marijuana business models, both of which are currently administered independently by distinctive state agencies.

According to the verbiage in SB 1511:

“ The measure prohibits taxation of retail sales made to a medical registry identification cardholder or their designated primary caregiver and clarifies that the local option sales tax does not apply to medical marijuana; it expands “early start” retail sales to include edibles, topicals, and extracts. Albeit it sets daily limits on sales of edibles and prefilled carbon dioxide vaporizer cartridges containing marijuana extract; Exempts producers from canopy limits under specified conditions and provides that limits on mature marijuana plants does not apply until April 1, 2016 or to a person who has applied for an OLCC license.”

In addition to mashing together the recreational and medical marijuana storefronts, the bill will also permit those 21 and over to purchase their favorite concentrates and edibles over-the-counter, items that are currently only available to Oregon’s medical marijuana patients.

Read the full text of Senate Bill 1511

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