From little effect on crime rates (if anything, they've dropped a bit) to protecting the health and safety of children (strict regulations on packaging and marketing have been implemented), Ron Kammerzell seems pleased with the state of affairs: "[O]verall we're pretty happy with the regulatory framework. We don't see any significant areas of concern."
In a lesson for other states looking to legalize the adult use of marijuana, and one that Oregon should take to heart, Mr. Kammerzell credits much of Colorado's success to the inclusive process used to implement the new law:
Marijuana legalization can be done right, and that's good news. Having watched Oregon develop dispensary regulations in a similar manner - with many different stakeholders having a voice at the table - we are optimistic that legalization will be thoughtfully introduced here as well when the time comes, most likely after November's ballot vote.
- Raife Neuman