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Serving Up Bud



As the legalization of recreation marijuana rolls out slowly in Oregon, creative ways to get weed to the people are sprouting up around the state.

In West Linn, a couple recently featured a cannabis bar at their wedding, KGW reports. The wedding featured a tent with a budtender and a variety of strains for guests to try. According to the report, the groom—marijuana grower John Elledge—made sure they stayed above the law by hosting the event at a private location and limiting the total amount of weed to 8 ounces or less.

"On private property where no liquor license is involved, it is legal," Mark Pettinger with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission told KGW. However, "Caterers should be aware there cannot be bartenders and budtenders."

While the wedding weed bar appears to have kept things legal, another innovate idea was squashed by State officials.

A mobile marijuana dispensary called Smoke Buddy started making the rounds in Portland recently, drawing inspiration from the successful food cart culture. But, according to the Associated Press, the mobile service is not legal. The AP reported Monday that the state's dispensary laws ban mobile sales, as well as drive-thru windows and sales at farmers' markets.

In related news, the list of Oregon cities and counties looking to opt out of marijuana-related businesses is growing. The municipalities that have moved to ban the industry without a vote include: City of Ontario, City of Vale, City of Nyssa, Island City, City of Jordan Valley, Umatilla County, Harney County, Malheur County, and Crook County. The following will put this issue on the ballot in November: City of Brownsville, City of Sandy, City of Sutherland, City of Creswell, and Douglas County.

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