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Oregon lawmakers prepare for interstate pot commerce

The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, sending it to the Senate floor for a vote.

Posted: Apr 5, 2019 3:03 PM
Updated: Apr 5, 2019 3:07 PM

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - It may seem like a pipe dream now, but Oregon lawmakers are anticipating the federal government legalizing, or at least tolerating, the interstate transfer of marijuana and have moved forward a bill empowering the governor to enter into agreements with other states for such transactions.

The bill was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, sending it to the Senate floor for a vote.
Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, who was among five committee members who voted for the bill Wednesday, said it would give Oregon marijuana businesses an advantage if the federal government opens the path.

Sen. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, one of two who voted against, said he prefers to wait for the federal government to take action.

Oregon was the first state to decriminalize personal possession, in 1973. It legalized medical marijuana in 1998, and recreational use in 2014.

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