Marijuana Sales Begin in Oregon (But Not Ontario) 

click to enlarge Boise Weekly visited an Ontario medical marijuana dispensary in March 2011. - GEORGE PRENTICE
  • George Prentice
  • Boise Weekly visited an Ontario medical marijuana dispensary in March 2011.

A number of pot dispensaries opened their doors early Thursday morning as Oregon joined the list of states allowing the sales of recreational marijuana. As of Oct. 1, it is now legal for those 21 years of age and older to purchase marijuana at 200-plus cannabis dispensaries. Those 200 locations are part of a larger network—354 dispensaries—that sell medical cannabis

But anyone in the Treasure Valley thinking that pot is sold right across the Idaho/Oregon border needs to think again: Ontario, Ore., is one of a list of communities that still bans cannabis dispensaries in their towns. While the Ontario ordinance bans dispensaries, it does not apply to personal cultivation or possession of recreational pot, or the use or cultivation of medical marijuana by valid Oregon car-holders. The state law, which went into effect this past summer, makes it legal to consume marijuana if you're 21 and not in a public place; additionally users can carry up to an ounce and can grow four plants at home. Most importantly, it is illegal to drive under the influence of marijuana or to travel with marijuana out of state.

The Associated Press reports 60-70 customers were already lined up out front of some Portland dispensaries this morning while store owners said they were hopeful that they could avoid first-day shortages.
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