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Liam Moriarty / Jefferson Public Radio

The recent election saw California and three other states join Oregon, Washington, Colorado and Alaska in legalizing recreational use of marijuana. Three more states voted for medical cannabis, as well.

Marijuana retailers began collecting a 25 percent tax on recreational marijuana sales starting in January. That money is adding up quickly.

Even though Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, you can't legally buy the stuff in more than 100 Oregon communities. That's because some city and county governments have banned recreational marijuana businesses.

But voters in nearly half of those places will have the chance to overturn those bans this November.

Taxes from marijuana sales continue to outpace expectations in Oregon. The state Department of Revenue Wednesday said the state has collected nearly $7 million in pot taxes so far this year.

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, some activists and entrepreneurs are taking the next step: They're running for office themselves.

There's been a lot of interest in opening a licensed recreational marijuana business in Oregon. The state received nearly 200 paid submissions in the first two days since it began taking applications.

Oregon’s recreational marijuana industry now has a better sense of what state regulators expect of them. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission Thursday approved a first set of rules governing how pot can be grown and sold in the state.

Pot farmers have to follow the same rules and regulations as the rest of the agriculture industry. That was a key takeaway Wednesday at a workshop for budding marijuana growers in Salem.

As of Thursday, recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon. However, if you’re in Eastern Oregon, you face a long drive to score some legal bud.

Starting Thursday, adults 21 and over can buy marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. And they'll have plenty of places to buy it from.

Starting October 1, adults in Oregon will be able to walk into a medical marijuana dispensary and buy pot for recreational use. But not in dozens of communities across the state, where local officials have banned such sales.

Oregon Legal Pot Sales Begin October 1, Officially

Jul 29, 2015

Oregon marijuana dispensaries can begin selling marijuana as soon as October 1, under a law signed Tuesday by Governor Kate Brown.

Oregon To Set Rules For Marijuana Edibles

Jul 21, 2015

A panel of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission met for the last time Monday. They’ll soon issue final recommendations on how the state should regulate edible marijuana products.

New Oregon Marijuana Stores Slated To Open In 2016

Jul 10, 2015

The Oregon Legislature moved up the start of retail marijuana sales at existing dispensaries, but the state’s Liquor Control Commission is still writing rules for new stores.

Recreational marijuana will be legal in Oregon starting July 1. And with it comes a host of new business opportunities.

Oregonians could be able to buy marijuana for recreational use much sooner than anticipated.

The future of marijuana policy in the Oregon legislature is still unclear.

Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Starting in July, adults in Oregon can legally use recreational marijuana. But thousands of Oregonians will still have criminal records for marijuana offenses that would have been legal under the new law. Now, there are efforts in the Oregon legislature to let some people wipe the slate clean when it comes to pot convictions. Chris Lehman spoke to some who are involved.