What you need to know about cannabis law in 2022

Written and Photographed by Alice Yeager 

Beginning on January 1st, 2022, the Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission (OLCC) outlined new law changes going into effect for the sale of cannabis products. Most of the rules specifically affect the sale and distribution of cannabis products, but there is news for consumers as well. These changes will increase the amount customers can buy as well as regulate safer packaging with better information on dosage and ingredients. If you don’t want to sit down and read the twelve-page compliance bulletin to find out exactly how this is going to affect you, the customer, then don’t worry: I’ll do it for you!

  • The amount of smokable cannabis you can purchase as a recreational user has been increased from one ounce to two ounces. As we are seeing a surge in the COVID-19 Omicron variant this raise comes at the perfect time for people trying to limit their contact with the outside world. Now is the perfect time to stock up, stay home and light up. 
  • This increase will also affect THC based concentrated edibles. You can now purchase 100 MG of edible concentrates which is doubled from the previous 50 MG. 
  • There are also some changes coming to cannabis delivery, which will now allow some counties and cities to deliver to areas outside their formerly regulated radiuses. This will potentially allow more access for cannabis users in rural or disputed areas who may not feel comfortable or have the access to go to a dispensary. 
  • There will also be increased focus on safety and regulation of artificial cannabis products. Manufacturers will now need to provide GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) grade certification to the FDA before being sold to consumers. As consumable cannabis becomes more popular this is an important step in expecting the same level of quality with cannabis consumables as you would regular food items. 

With the new changes to the Oregon law it may be hard to keep track of what exactly you can or can’t do as a recreational consumer. Don’t worry: here’s my guide for consuming cannabis safely and legally. And of course, these guides are for people 21 and older. 

Q: How much cannabis can I keep on my person when I’m out in public?

As of February 2022, Oregon has yet to update their guidelines on recreational user possession limits to reflect the new purchase limit. It’s safe to assume that you can still only possess up to one ounce on you at a time in public spaces. It’s best to be on the safer side and try not be out and about with more than an ounce until an official update has been released.

Q: Is it legal for me to drive after consuming cannabis products? I am still a competent driver while I’m high. 

Driving under the influence of cannabis is not only illegal but also not cool. Being high and deciding to drive can land you a DUI, which leads to fines well over $1,000 and even jail time. The CDC has also found that cannabis use negatively affects reaction time and coordination, and can become dangerous when behind the wheel. Don’t put yourself or others in danger; take the bus or grab a lift. Seriously. Don’t drive high. 

Q: I’m traveling down to California. Can I bring some Oregon paraphernalia and products with me?

Sorry but no, you cannot legally bring cannabis from Oregon to another state even if cannabis is legal in that state. So smoke it all before crossing state lines—even Washington and California. 

Q: Where can I smoke?

A: The rule of thumb is you can smoke on private property but not in public places. So locations such as parks, bars and concerts are all places you can get into serious trouble for consuming cannabis. In these sorts of environments, it is best to use common sense and avoid situations where you are consuming marjuana around people who may not consent. The best place to consume is at home or at a friend’s place where you are on private property. 

Q: What if I rent my home?

A: This is up to your landlord, they reserve the right to make up the rules on their own property within reason. The most common issue is if you are smoking in a rented unit, most often landlords will provide information on their smoking policy in your lease. You may have to find other ways of consuming cannabis in your home based around the policies you and your landlord have agreed to. 

You can read the full 2022 law here: https://www.oregon.gov/olcc/marijuana/Documents/Bulletins/Compliance_2021_04.pdf

High Recommendations: Time for a Trip

Written and photographed by Kaylynn Wohl 

Another ritual has been added to my routine. I get my cashback, roll over to Jamaica Joel’s on 13th and Willamette, and make my way up the brick-color tiled stairs. Passing through the middle chill zone with a posted up Tiki DJ, I enter the dispo. I look around at all the weed things for sale, pretending I’m in the market for something new while playing it cool like I don’t go there regularly. Once the budtender asks what I’m looking for, I quit the games and get straight to business. “Do you have Trip Packs right now?” I ask, ready to be squinty-eyed. 

Purchasing prerolls seems silly if you’re a seasoned roller who prides on self efficiency, but sometimes the lazy couchlock hits and there’s no motivation to break it down and roll it up. These packs definitely combat this minor inconvenience, making chain smoking easier than ever. Locally sourced in Southern Oregon by Epoch Farm, Trip Packs come in paper cigarette pack-like containers that hold 10 half gram joints, ready for any on-the-go adventure. The environmentally concerned toker in me is always glad to avoid the thick plastic pop tops that many prerolls come in. My singular complaint: resealing the pack could be improved, a sticker is provided but not always effective. Still, they’re super aesthetically pleasing, and one carton even features our beloved Bigfoot chillin’ a mountainous forest scene. 

For different occasions and unique adventures, there are four kinds of packs. The standard pack, perfect for any high time, is where these products all began. They come in many fan favorite strains like Blue Dream and GMO Cookies. Hitting the trails? Try the Adventure Pack for terpenes rich in taste and low THC to ensure continued movement—or the ability to still get your shit done. 

The seasonal packs come in a white carton displaying artwork of a mountain, a crystal cluster and an Aurora Borealis skyline. This line is designed to get smokers through long snowy nights with a higher THC to keep you warm. Afterall, what better way to get through a winter than to be toasty with Ultraviolence. My favorite addition to my own stash would have to be the variety packs due to having two options in one buy. Sometimes I mix them up to make myself guess what I’m puffing on. 

The single strain packs also come in many fan favorites like Bruce Banner and Secret Formula (this one gets me absolutely blasted to Pluto compared to the rest). For the variety packs, I highly recommend: Mendo Purple and Purple Punch or Deadhead OG and Sunday Driver. 

These products are super affordable, hooking you up with five grams for what an eighth can typically go for. The quality tight roll keeps them from burning out quickly, and the half gram size ensures lasting flavor throughout the burn. Planning a trip? Incorporate these j’s on your packing list for an extra lit adventure! 

Budtender Spotlight: La Mota

written and photographed by Kimberly Harris

La Mota celebrates women in weed every day because the CEO Rosa Cazares supports a female dynamic within the cannabis industry by helping women grow within her company. Cazare believes femme represention is important for women to know that there is space for them within the industry. La Mota is growing quickly in Oregon with sixteen current locations and seven more on the way. 

La Mota budtenders Spencer Duke, Anastasia Langford and Jeremy Mitchell walk us through how they see the companies role in representing women within the cannabis industry. The budtenders also share different ways that they use cannabis for personal care and enjoyment.   

How does La Mota support a female dynamic within the cannabis industry?

Spencer: Rosa can be given credit for that. She always hires wonderful women who are knowledgeable. Girls are rocking it just as much as guys are in this industry. Our district manager is a female, I work with two other women and we are in the middle of hiring another lady. 

 Anastasia: I’m treated equally here because all that matters is what people bring to the table. Females are making moves in the industry by taking charge. At first I thought the industry was male-dominated, but a lot more females are becoming established within the industry. 

Jeremy: The female presents here is definitely comforting to me. I feel like a woman’s presence can bring a more sane and nurturing environment. I don’t think there’s a stipulation of what gender identity is working and growing – just as long as they’re growing good weed. 

What do you think about the feminine image that La Mota represents? 

Spencer: I feel like there are so many women who use the products that if there were only males representing it might not make females feel comfortable enough to come in – we are out here too. Women are learning, growing, teaching and medicating within the industry. 

Anastasia: La Mota celebrates women’s place within the industry. There needs to be more female representation because it’s not just guys that smoke. 

Jeremy: The public might view dispensaries as a male-dominated industry but we work in a pretty diverse community. Women could be more self-conscious to come into a dispensary so having a female owner and more women working for our company could encourage more women to open up to us and feel comfortable shopping here. 

How can cannabis help with menstrual pain? 

Spencer: Cannabis is amazing for pain – I personally use a CBD bath bomb religiously because the CBD is helpful for my menstrual cramps. I swear if I would die if I didn’t have those sometimes. 

Anastasia:I have customers who come in specifically for CBD when they’re cramping. Personally, I stick with the higher doses of CBD when I’m menstruating. It helps with my cramps and puts a little pep in my step because my period can make me feel sluggish. 

Jeremy: I can understand how cannabis helps because it alleviates stress and could take some of the pain off. I’d recommend an Indica strain to help. 

What’s a way you consume cannabis besides smoking? 

Spencer: I like topicals because the effect can ease the tension in my neck. I have a traumatic brain injury so I have a headache 24/7 and using my cannabis-infused lotion gives me relief. There are so many medicinal uses for cannabis. I have something with cannabis in it for everything. 

Anastasia: I really dig infusions. I like that there can be just about anything infused with cannabis. There are ways to make a fully medicated meal like barbeque, burgers and fries. I have a friend in California who does medicated meals on wheels and he brings medicated meals to customers.

Jeremy: Drinking it – my favorite drink is one with Adabinol, which is a syrup infused with cannabis. They use a live resin base and the high is a forceful kick. 

What’s your favorite way to enjoy cannabis?

Spencer: Blunts, I dab oil down the middle and put a pinch of flower on top of every blunt I roll. I’m a social smoker so I love rolling up a couple and passing them around. 

Anastasia: I like concentrates. I really like the crumble, the diamonds and crystals that we have here at La Mota. My favorite way to dab is out of a banger and a rig. 

Jeremy: I like to do a trifecta, which is drinking Ababinol, smoking flower and taking a dab because it gives me a nice buzz. My tolerance is so high that I have to do all three if I really want a good experience.