until midnight.” Law enforcement officials say there’s nothing stopping Oregonians from buying pot in Washington. But the law bans them from bringing the marijuana back with them for use in their home state. Also, authorities say Oregonians who drive home stoned could get busted, just like a drunken driver. Oregon State Police said it’s not doing anything differently in response to Washington’s pot sales. “We are always on the lookout for drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of both,” Sgt. Gregg Hastings. Washington law allows the sale of up to an ounce of dried marijuana. Under Oregon law, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is classified as a violation, punishable by a fine. Owners of stores near Portland anticipate lots of Oregon customers, but some observers say swarms of motorists and bicyclists heading across the state line are unlikely. Because state-regulated marijuana production got off to a slow start, supply problems could send prices at Washington stores as high as $25 per gram this summer. That’s more than double what many recreational users in Portland spend on the black market.
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