Recreational Marijuana In Oregon

Cannabis prohibition may be over soon in Oregon. With this fall's Ballot Measure 91, Oregon voters appear ready to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and other cannabis products within certain limits. Under the initiative, legal use is set to begin in July of 2015, with retail sales to follow in 2016.

But exactly what are the limits of the new law and where can you get help if you get in trouble under the new law?

Under Ballot Measure 91, certain legal prohibitions will remain. For example:

  • Minors under the age of 21 are prohibited from possessing, consuming, buying, selling, distributing, growing or otherwise manufacturing marijuana or marijuana products.
  • It will still be a felony to sell or distribute marijuana or marijuana products to minors.
  • Driving while under the influence of marijuana will still be illegal.
  • Employers and landlords can still prohibit marijuana use on their premises.
  • The importation or exportation of Oregon marijuana or marijuana products will be illegal.
  • The use of marijuana or marijuana products in public will be unlawful.

Ballot Measure 91 will also empower the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) to regulate most commercial marijuana activity:

  • The OLCC will tightly regulate the advertising of marijuana and marijuana products.
  • The OLCC will be charged with licensing, regulating, auditing and inspecting cultivation and distribution sites.
  • Regulators will dictate safety, labelling and potency protocols for marijuana and marijuana products.

Under the ballot measure, most home use and production of marijuana and marijuana products for adults will be lawful and not regulated.

This sweeping change in Oregon's legal framework will eliminate the prosecution of many current marijuana offenses. However, many criminal offenses will remain on the books and new ones will be created.

The Portland law firm of Kohlmetz, Steen & Hanrahan, P.C., stands ready to advise you moving forward and to defend you aggressively if you are facing a marijuana charge or other cannabis-related legal difficulty. Our firm has the depth of experience and cutting-edge knowledge of Oregon's evolving marijuana laws needed to protect your rights and strategic interests.

Unfortunately, even with the impending law change, marijuana remains a controlled substance under federal law. Any and all use, possession, sale, distribution or manufacture of marijuana is still a potential federal criminal offense. Our firm is well-versed in the federal implications of recreational marijuana in Oregon.

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