Looks like Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were right. The dream of the 90s is alive in Portland. And the rest of Oregon, apparently. On Wednesday, Oregon became the fourth state in the nation to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Pot smokers gathered in celebration that night, though we’re not sure how much of it they’ll remember come Thursday.
The law has certain stipulations you might want to know about before you hop on the highway. Only those age 21 or older can legally smoke pot in private. Marijuana plants can’t be higher than four feet. A person can possess eight ounces at a time at home and one ounce in public. However, there won’t be any pot shops in the state until next year.
“We’re legal as of midnight,” Russ Belville, front man for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ chapter in the city of Portland, stated in an interview, “but we don’t have any legal place to purchase.”
An event called “Weed the People” will take place in Portland on Friday. If you go, you’ll be allowed to smoke and take home seven grams of cannabis. That pot was grown by Oregon farmers who were already farming the stuff for legal, medicinal purposes. Tickets for the event are $40 per head, and almost 800 people are on the waiting list.
Anybody else have that song from Arrested Development stuck in their heads? The big, yellow joint, the big, yellow joint, I’ll meet you down at the big, yellow joint…