June 25, 2015 11:10
Beginning July 1, 2015, the possession and use of recreational marijuana will be legal in the State of Oregon.
Many community questions can be answered by visiting http://whatslegaloregon.com
The Portland Police Bureau would like to make residents aware of the new law and some considerations moving forward:
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) is a crime and can have deadly consequences. For public safety reasons, preventing DUII driving is a top law enforcement priority. Driving after consuming alcohol, marijuana and/or other intoxicants can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you consume an intoxicant, please don't drive.
* Using marijuana in a public place remains illegal and can result in a citation being issued by law enforcement.
* Possession of more than one ounce on your person (in public), or more than eight ounces in your household remain crimes and can result in your arrest.
* Oregonians bringing marijuana products into the state from Washington (or transporting out of state to anywhere) are violating Federal drug laws. Oregon marijuana users should research and be aware of Federal laws regarding marijuana use and/or drug possession.
Community members observing public consumption of marijuana should NOT call 9-1-1, unless there is an immediate public safety risk. Instead, community members observing and concerned about public consumption of marijuana may call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333. Callers should be aware that these calls will be prioritized according to established dispatch protocols which place emergency and serious criminal activity ahead of nuisance calls.
Officers have discretion when it comes to issuing citations but anyone consuming marijuana in public may be contacted by police and issued a citation.
Community members smelling marijuana smoke from a neighbor's home or yard are encouraged to discuss it with the neighbors or property owners as this is not a law enforcement issue.
The Portland Police Bureau is encouraging community members to be considerate of each other as this new law goes into effect.
The Drugs and Vice Division will continue to focus its efforts on large-scale drug trafficking organizations involved in the distribution of controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
Community members wishing to provide information about drug activity in their neighborhoods can file it online by visiting http://www.portlandoregon.gov/police/30740
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204