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Legal Marijuana Purchases Begin in Oregon

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It was an amazing day yesterday as adults throughout the state of Oregon visited their local medical marijuana dispensary to make their first legal Oregon marijuana purchases for recreational use. Our executive director, Russ Belville, was at the grand opening of Cannacea in Northeast Portland. Our deputy director, Scott Gordon, visited other dispensaries, including Fresh Buds and Panacea.

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The line at Cannacea stretched to about 300 at its largest. The woman who was first in line had been camping there since midnight for the 10am opening. Local rock station KINK-FM was setup there to broadcast the event and the local news cameras from KATU and KOIN were on hand as well.

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Russ Belville

Executive Director: Russ Belville has been active in Oregon marijuana reform since 2005, when he was elected second-in-command of the state affiliate, Oregon NORML. After four years with Oregon NORML, Russ was hired by National NORML in 2009, working as Outreach Coordinator and hosting the NORML Daily Audio Stash podcast until 2012. Since then, Russ launched the 420RADIO marijuana legalization network and is the host of The Russ Belville Show, a live daily marijuana news talk radio program. Russ is also a prolific writer, with over 300 articles posted online and in print in HIGH TIMES, Huffington Post, Alternet, The Weed Blog, Marijuana Politics, and more.

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