Prosecutions Continue, Despite Legislation Allowing Medical Marijuana Retail Outlets

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.

– Read the entire article at Oregon Live.



  1. Anonymous on

    Judges in the two states that made Cannabis legal in the U.S… They are throwing out these very same kinds of cases in these States. Started doing just this before the laws were even signed..
    So yes you have some overbearing Prosecutors..

  2. Tony Aroma on

    I hope these people insist on jury trials and don’t take plea deals. I think it would be pretty hard to get conviction for something that is currently legal, even if it wasn’t legal at the time of the arrest.

  3. Mrs. Ratsrectum on

    It looks like they’re waiting for the signature. In the meantime, they are all too willing to continue wasting taxpayer money on cannabis prohibition, despite knowing better. After it’s signed, don’t let them move forward with any of this shit. Don’t let them waste any more time, money and other resources on ruining people.