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Portlanders enjoy first day of legalized marijuana

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Pot is now perfectly legal in the state of Oregon and people all across the region found ways to enjoy this day in history. 

Dozens of people gathered at the Clinton Street Theater to watch a screening of “Grass.” Organizers say Proceeds from the screening benefit NORML, the organization that works to reform marijuana laws.

Many Portlanders say they made the trip across state lines to get their hands on some legal weed, because there’s nowhere to buy it legally for recreation in Oregon, yet. 

It’s still federally illegal to carry marijuana from Washington to Oregon, but that didn’t seem to stop anyone.    

 “Everyone is excited and they want to indulge legally, ” said New Vansterdam Owner Shon-Lueiss Harris. “It would be a bit ironic to buy black market weed to celebrate legalization.”

Harris tells FOX 12 they sold to large crowds Wednesday, and suspect 40-50 percent of that business came from Oregonians.

“As far as sales, we already hit our normal for Wednesday right around noon,” said Harris.

Over in the St. Johns neighborhood, the James John Café was closed for a private party called “The Pig and Pot Roast.”

On the menu, joints served up with watermelon, pork of course and more marijuana passed around the table of 30. 

“It’s an appetite stimulant and we came to eat, so that’s cool,” said guest Seth Ciferri. “I expect it to be legal nationwide soon, I don’t see any reason it wouldn’t be.”

The OLCC wants to remind people, it is still illegal to smoke in public.  You can only smoke in a private place and you can't buy, or sell marijuana in stores yet.

For more questions and answers, go to www.whatslegaloregon.com.

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