The clock's ticking down to the dawn of a new age for recreational marijuana consumers in Oregon: on June 2, retailers in America's third state to legalize will be able to sell new range of infused products, including concentrates and edibles, to non-medical users. The change a big deal for consumers - and one that's bound to positively impact the bottom line for dispensaries and recreational shops.
Medical dispensaries registered with the Oregon Health Authority will be allowed to sell THC-infused snacks and bars, as well as extracts that can be smoked or vaporized, to recreational consumers over 21 who were previously limited to flower only.
Non-medical users will be able to buy edibles with a maximum dose of 15 milligrams of THC, and extracts with 1,000 milligrams of THC or less, previously only available only to medical users with OMMP cards. Extracts and edibles will be taxed at 25 percent, the same tax already imposed on legal bud in Oregon.
Dispensaries can only sell one edible, and one pre-filled cartridge of extract, per recreational customer, per day, according to a Oregon Health Authority bulletin that went out earlier this week.
THC-containing topical creams, lotions and salves will also become legal for recreational sale starting June 2.
Retailers are already preparing for the inevitable uptick in business resulting from the change in legislation.
"It is going to be a crazy, crazy day," Amanda Berry, manager at Sweet Tree Farms, told The Register-Guard, who added she's hiring six additional staff to prepare.
"We even have jerky that is medicated, and ice cream."
For Oregon recreational consumers, the news is pretty sweet indeed.