SALEM, Ore. — The fate of an Oregon bill allowing retail marijuana sales to begin Oct. 1 lies with Gov. Kate Brown.
The House signed off in a 40-19 vote on Thursday, sending the bill to the Democratic governor.
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Possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana became legal on Wednesday, but there’s no place for pot users to legally buy the drug. The bill would temporarily allow tax-free retail sales through existing medical marijuana dispensaries beginning Oct. 1.
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission will develop regulations and license permanent pot stores next year.
A spokeswoman for Brown declined to say whether the governor will sign the bill.