Drug bust allegedly involves 15 residential homes in Oregon
While the use of marijuana for medical purposes has been a hot, debated issue in most states, medical marijuana is legal in Oregon. The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act allows residents, including those in Portland, Oregon, to cultivate and use marijuana plants. There are rules concerning medical marijuana, particularly the specific amount of marijuana a patient can use and the number of plants that can be grown.
Recently in Oregon, law enforcement officers conducted a drug bust at 15 residential homes. The drug raid targeted the alleged massive marijuana growing in the area. The raid allegedly confiscated 34 pounds of dried marijuana, over 2,600 marijuana plants and roughly $80,000 and firearms. Authorities identified 35 suspects in the raid. However, only 18 people of those suspects have a marijuana card, while only five of 15 residences have been registered as legal grow houses.
The authorities also claimed that the marijuana plants were being dispensed by an organized crime operation. While it was reported that no one had been arrested, the potential charges for those suspects will be determined by the district attorney and a grand jury.
Marijuana is considered an illegal drug. However, Oregon residents can use marijuana, provided that they are complying with OMMA. Unfortunately, many medical marijuana patients still find themselves being accused of a drug crime such as drug possession, marijuana-related charges, and other drug offenses.
Being accused of a drug crime can be troubling. Whether the person is a medical marijuana patient or not, drug charges may result in severe consequences, in addition to large fines and jail time. Nevertheless, it may be essential for a defendant, particularly medical marijuana patients, to contest the allegations with an aggressive defense. That way, their side of the story can be heard and any potential ramifications can be prevented.