Portland NORML To Help Adults Start First Legal Marijuana Garden

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The Portland Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is preparing adults for the beginning of legal marijuana in Oregon by providing instructions on finding the materials needed to grow cannabis.

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On Saturday, June 27 at Noon, Portland NORML will hold its regularly-scheduled free Public Meeting at the Tony Starlight Showroom at 1120 SE Madison St in Portland. Dru West, expert cannabis horticulturalist and author of the best-selling "Secrets of the West Coast Masters", will present a class on starting one's first legal four-plant cannabis garden.

Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville will deliver a presentation on the latest updates to Oregon's marijuana law, including the latest amendments to the House Bill 3400 that will shape much of the regulations in cannabis commerce.

Then on Tuesday night, June 30 at 11:30pm, Portland NORML will join other activist groups that are planning a celebratory photo opportunity on the west side of the Burnside Bridge with the iconic "Portland Oregon" sign in the background. At the moment of midnight, as marijuana becomes legal, activists from Porkchop's Projects (a veterans' service organization) and Stoney Girl Gardens (a medical marijuana provider) will give any adult with identification some free cannabis seeds and some usable marijuana from within an enclosed tent, hidden from public view as required by the new law.

Statement from Portland NORML Executive Director Russ Belville

"We're very excited that cannabis officially becomes legal on July 1, but there is still much work to be done before Oregonians can truly enjoy their new freedoms. While it becomes legal to possess and cultivate cannabis, there is no legal place in Oregon to buy marijuana itself or cannabis seeds and starts. This means Oregonians will be forced to spend their money in Vancouver, Washington, and break federal law bringing marijuana over the border, or they'll resort to the Oregon black market. Portland NORML will educate the public and our partners will give away thousands of seeds and hundreds of pounds of marijuana this year so Washington State and the black market do not benefit from our new marijuana legality."

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