Two Oregon prosecutors say they are moving forward with criminal cases against people accused of selling medical marijuana at retail outlets, despite passage of a bill July 6 allowing such establishments to exist with state blessing.
“This conduct was against the law at the time people committed the crime,” said Bracken McKey, a senior deputy district attorney in Washington County. “We are expected to hold people accountable.”
Malheur County District Attorney Dan Norris said his office also will continue its prosecution of an outstanding dispensary case from last year.
House Bill 3460, which Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to sign, creates a legal marketplace for medical marijuana, where Oregon’s estimated 56,000 patients can walk into a shop with money and walk out with cannabis. The Human Collective, a Tigard collective raided last year by Washington County authorities, served as a model for HB 3460.
In addition to Washington and Malheur counties, Jackson and Lane county law enforcement has raided medical marijuana retailers and arrested their operators. Lane and Jackson county prosecutors did not return emails or phone calls seeking comment.
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