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New marijuana bill welcome news at Cannabis Conference Boot Camp

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Recreational marijuana is officially on the fast track to store shelves in Oregon.

Governor Kate Brown has signed a law allowing sales much sooner than expected.

The law was signed on Tuesday and it was welcome news for people setting up the Cannabis Conference Boot Camp at the Portland Expo Center. It's a two-day convention for people who are involved in the legal marijuana industry.

Tuesday's bill signing is a game-changer for the industry in Oregon.

Starting Oct. 1, people 21 and over will be able to buy recreational marijuana from medical shops. The law does have a couple stipulations.

People will only be able to buy a quarter ounce per visit, but no edibles or concentrates. Also, there's a 20% sales tax.

At the Cannabis Conference Boot Camp, FOX 12 spoke with the owner of a dispensary security company who says this new law allows people to buy recreational marijuana, without turning to the black market.

"The Governor is smart to say 'hey even though the infrastructure isn't fully in place, we're gonna allow it to be regulated tested'. As a security company, all these facilities have to have security systems, they have to check ID's, testing...so now, all these products people are consuming are safe," said Noah Stokes, owner of Cannaguard Security.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is still working to develop regulations to license permanent recreational pot stores.

The law signed on Tuesday will allow for sales about one year sooner than expected.

The Cannabis Conference Boot Camp runs through July 29-30.

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