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What you need to know about Oregon's recreational marijuana

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

First it was Colorado and Washington, now it's Oregon’s turn to sell recreational marijuana legally.

At dispensaries, people 21 and over can buy marijuana plants, seeds and flowers.

What you can't buy in Oregon, are edibles. Those are for medical marijuana patients only, for now.

We're still a few months away from the OLCC issuing licenses for recreational pot stores. The OLCC said they anticipate the first of those opening next fall. In the meantime, you can buy pot from select medical marijuana dispensaries. You can't buy it everywhere though.

Several Oregon cities and counties are blocking the sale of recreational pot. Nine counties and 24 cities have blocked recreational sales of marijuana. However, even in those places, home growing and possession of pot are still allowed.

Remember, it's still illegal to smoke in public or to drive under the influence of pot.

Marijuana use can still get you fired. Employers can still establish drug-free policies and test for marijuana, even if you're not impaired on the job.

Also, if you're renting a property, your landlord can prohibit you from growing or possessing the drug.

For now, pot shoppers in Oregon get a tax break. A 25% temporary sales tax doesn't kick in until after the first of the year. That tax will be replaced late next year with a 17% state tax, estimated to generate more than $30 million a year for the state.

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