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Legislative Panel To Consider Possible Changes To Oregon Marijuana Law

At Rainier Xpress dispensary in Olympia a gram of high quality medicinal marijuana sells for a $8 to $10.
Austin Jenkins
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Northwest News Network
At Rainier Xpress dispensary in Olympia a gram of high quality medicinal marijuana sells for a $8 to $10.

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will take a first look Wednesday at changes to Measure 91 -- the voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana.

Possible changes include who can tax marijuana and how much people can possess.

Some lawmakers as well as Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber have suggested that Measure 91 allows people to have too much marijuana in their home and they’re saying that they’re going to propose a lower limit before the law goes into effect in July.

Of course, Measure 91 advocates say that Oregon voters approved the possession limits at their current levels and they don’t see the need to change it.

One of the lawmakers heading the panel said she visited Colorado last week and met with that state’s “marijuana czar.”

Colorado and Washington are the only states where recreational marijuana use is currently legal.

Copyright 2015 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.