It’s been 6 years since the great state of Oregon officially legalized cannabis for adults at least 21 years old and it’s been a wild ride with ups and downs and twist and turns, but Oregonians can be proud of our pioneering spirit creating more freedom, jobs, and revenue. The Beaver State has a long history of helping lead the nation away from Reefer Madness prohibition, starting with becoming the first state to decriminalize personal possession all the way back in 1973, being one of the early states to adopt medical and adult use laws, and now leading the charge against the failed Drug War with the passage of the landmark Measure 109 psilocybin therapy and Measure 110 drug decriminalization laws in 2020.
Each advancement helps set the stage for the next positive step and needless to say, Measure 110 wouldn’t have passed without the Measure 91 legalization law leading the way in 2014. While a few counties defacto legalized before July 1, 2015, with lead prosecutors announcing that they would follow the will of the voters early, the first day of July marks when the entire state officially ended prohibition within its borders.
Come celebrate Oregon’s cannabis legalization anniversary and stock up for your July 4th celebration at Kind Leaf, Pendleton’s premier craft cannabis boutique. At Kind Leaf, you get the best selection and you are supporting local small business that gives back to the community.
This week’s specials at Kind Leaf, until July 5th or supplies last (and please remember that there are always discounts for military veterans, OMMP patients, and senior citizens):
15% OFF – Paradise Circus and MAC
30% OFF – Tokyo Snow and Strawberry Cream
40% OFF – Charvak and DoggFace Prepacked Flower 1/8th
15% OFF – Gron Pips and Estaweeda Granola
30% OFF – Mule Kicker Gummy – Hella Melon, LOL Doob Cube – Mango and Happy Cabbage Hemp Tinctures
15% OFF – Quantum Alchemy Extracts
30% OFF – Bobsled Extracts, Willamette Valley Alchemy .5g Vapes and Shatters
40% OFF – Highland Provision .5g Live Rosin Vape – Lemon Royale
15% OFF – Epic Family Farm Packs Prerolls
30% OFF – Loyal Prerolls
While it is amazing to be able to legally purchase cannabis and other products, most importantly we have improved lives by ending thousands of harmful arrests and expunging criminal convictions. Just over a decade ago, nearly 15,000 people were being arrested and cited for cannabis, and now it’s less than 1,000. In 2010, there almost 30,000 people were arrested/cited for drug offenses, and now it’s less than 10,000 while that number will plummet even more thanks to the passage of Measure 110. Racial disparities in drug arrests have also decreased and our state has reallocated tens of millions of dollars away from investing in the prison-industrial complex to investing in our people, funding much-needed and life-saving treatment, harm reduction, and recovery programs.
There’s more work to be done to fully dismantle the Drug War and bring more equity and justice to the cannabis community, but we can take a moment to enjoy the gains that we’ve made. And as Oregonians celebrate the 6th year of legal cannabis, we are joined by Connecticut and Virginia who just became legal as well. Now, more than 40% of our nation live in states with legal cannabis. A sincere thanks to all advocates that are working to legalize freedom. Step by step, state by state, until we are all equal and free.