When Oregon legalized recreational marijuana in 2014, it did so quietly. Oregon got the adult-use program moving relatively quickly compared to other states, but Oregon is rarely making national headlines like California, Colorado, and Washington.

Are these states stealing Oregon’s thunder, and if they are, why is this the case? Is it beneficial for Oregon to fly under the radar? Here’s what we know about the mystery behind Oregon and it’s quiet leap into the recreational cannabis world.

Quiet Beginnings

Oregon legalized recreational weed on November 4th, 2014 by passing Measure 91, also known as the Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative. The statewide ballot was approved as an initiated state statute by a majority vote. Measure 91 legalized recreational cannabis use for those 21 and older. Under these generous laws, adults over the age of 21 can possess up to 8 ounces of flower and grow up to 4 plants at home. The laws also tasked their Liquor Control Commission to regulate the sales of recreational cannabis.

In general, there isn’t much of a difference in regards to legalization compared to other adult-use states. Oregon has possession laws along with DUI laws, as well as zoning laws and laws for taxation. Click here for an overview of Oregon’s most recent marijuana legislation.