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Portland police officers frequently come into possession of medical marijuana in a variety of
circumstances. Most typically, this marijuana has been taken from arrested persons who are
booked into jail and their property is placed in our Property Evidence Division for safekeeping.
When they are released from jail their property, including medical marijuana, is released if they
are able to produce a medical marijuana card issued by the State of Oregon and the quantities are
consistent with Oregon Law.
However, recently the Oregon Attorney General's Office issued an opinion that the Police
Bureau is in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act by returning or "delivering" the
medical marijuana to its rightful owner.
We have consulted with the Portland City Attorney's Office who have reviewed this opinion and
are advising us to discontinue returning medical marijuana regardless of the reason the marijuana
was seized, even if the person possesses a medical marijuana card. Therefore, effective March 20, 2012, the Property Evidence Division will no longer release medical marijuana for
Regarding the release of medical marijuana back to the owner.