Marijuana Now Legal; 4th of July & Summer Events


Senator Floyd Prozanski
South Lane and North Douglas Counties
District 4

900 Court St. NE, S-417, Salem Oregon 97301
Capitol phone: 503-986-1704
e-Bulletin                     July 1, 2015

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Dear friends,

    The Legislature is fast approaching sine die (adjournment) of the 2015 legislative session. I'll be sending a recap of the session and the latest on our state's revenue situation in the coming weeks, but for now I want to provide information on events happening this Independence Day weekend and beyond.

    Also, please use extra caution this summer when enjoying the outdoors. Fire conditions are extremely high and water levels dangerously low. We've already seen a number of fires and tragic drownings this year. Underwater tree snags have proven particularly dangerous. Please use life jackets and be careful!

    Below you will find information on:

        - Recreational Marijuana Now Legal
        - Local Fourth of July Events
        - Bohemia Mining Days: July 16-19
- Blackberry Jam Festival: July 24-26
Lane County Fair: July 22-26
Douglas County Fair: Aug. 5-8
        - Local Farmer's Markets

    I hope this information is helpful and informative for you or someone you know. As always, feel free to share your comments, questions or concerns with me by phone, mail or e-mail. Have a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

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Recreational Marijuana Now Legal

    Today is the first day that recreational marijuana is legal in Oregon, following the passage of Measure 91 last November. Remember:

  • One has to be at least 21 years-old to possess (up to 8 ounces, at home, 1 ounce outside of home) or to use marijuana in a non-public area. Use in public is still illegal. Workplace policies have not been altered by the new law.
  • Limited recreational sales will begin on October 1 through medical dispensaries. Adults who are 21 or older will be able to purchase up to one-quarter of an ounce of dried leaves or flowers per day; up to four non-flowering plants; or seeds. All other sales remain illegal.
  • So, until October 1, there isn't a legal source to buy recreational marijuana. An adult can transfer up to one ounce of marijuana to another adult for no consideration. Any transfer of any amount of marijuana to a person under 21 years of age remains illegal.
  • Four plants can be grown per residence, outside of public view.
  • Driving under the influence of intoxicants, including marijuana, remains illegal.

(More details will follow in my session recap e-bulletin.)

Local Fourth of July Events

Yoncalla Fourth of July Parade
10:30 a.m., followed in the afternoon by the Yoncalla Rodeo; fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
More info:

Fourth of July at the Cottage Grove Speedway
Enjoy the Sprint Series, plus Demo Derby and fireworks!
More info:

Creswell Fourth of July Celebration
"A day-long celebration that ends with a bang!"
More info:

Dexter Fourth of July Celebration
A tradition that supports local volunteer firefighters. Vendors, food, live music and a spectacular fireworks show over the lake.
More info:

Diamond Lake Fourth of July Fireworks
Show up early for the "Great Smokey BBQ!"
More info:

Fourth of July in Oakridge
Lawnmower racing from noon - 1 p.m.; fireworks at 10 p.m.
More info:

Roseburg Fourth of July Fireworks
Festivities beginning at 6 p.m.; fireworks at 9:55 p.m.
A fun-filled evening of family entertainment at Stewart Park! Three live bands, delicious food from local vendors, face painting for kids, and a spectacular fireworks display.
More info:

Bohemia Mining Days: July 16-19

Bohemia Mining Days celebrates Cottage Grove's colorful history. The family-friendly festival is organized by a board of community-minded volunteers who work closely with the festival Coordinator throughout the year to ensure this annual summer tradition lives on for future generations to enjoy. It features a carnival, pony rides and much more. The Grand Miners Parade begins at 10 a.m. on July 18. More information can be found on Bohemia Mining Days' website:

Blackberry Jam Festival: July 24-26

    The 21st annual Blackberry Jam Festival will take place from July 24-26 in Lowell. The "Jam" is a wholesome, free community event featuring plenty of great music, unique crafts and delicious food. Events include a car show, fishing derby, quilt show, parade and even a pie-eating contest! Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley, the festival is a great event to plan for a summer weekend trip. More information can be found on the Jam's website:

Note: I was honored to sponsor a bill this session at the request of the Blackberry Jam Festival to allow the fishing derby to continue. The derby, which raises funds for programs at Lowell High School through catching and selling pikeminnow fish, was at risk of being cancelled after the Department of Fish & Wildlife determined that a commercial fishing license would be required for it to continue. SB 958 changed Oregon statute to allow a new type of license for hosting fundraising fishing events such as the Jam derby. The Governor signed SB 958 last week.

Lane County Fair: July 22-26

    The Lane County Fair arrives early again this year, running Wednesday, July 22 through Sunday, July 26. It will feature entertainment, food vendors with many different types of fare, rides, games and more. Purchase tickets or get concert information and ride lists along with all the information needed to enter contests and competitions at:

Douglas County Fair: Aug. 5-8

        Running four days this year, the Douglas County Fair will take place from Wednesday, August 5 through Saturday, August 8. It will feature entertainment, a carnival, food court, livestock, and much more for all ages. Visit the official Douglas County Fair web site at:

Local Farmers' Markets

    We're fortunate to have a number of farmers' markets in our area, bringing fresh produce and other products straight from the source. The Oregon Farmers' Markets Association (OFMA) maintains a list of local farmers' markets. The OFMA list provides up-to-date information on locations, schedules, accepted payment methods, etc. If you notice that a market is not listed, please contact OFMA directly, or let me know and I'll relay the information to them.

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