Oregon Prosecutors To Evaluate Pot Possession Cases in Light of Measure 91

Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington county district attorneys say they’ll revisit pending marijuana cases, including violation-level possession offenses, in light of Measure 91’s passage this week.

On Tuesday, Oregonians voted for legal marijuana. People 21 and older will be allowed to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana in a public place and up to 8 ounces in their home. The law also allows up to four marijuana plants per household.

Changes to the state’s cannabis possession and cultivation statutes won’t take effect until July 1, 2015.

Shortly after Washington voters approved legal marijuana in 2012, King and Pierce county prosecutors dismissed hundreds of misdemeanor marijuana possession cases. In Colorado, which also approved legal marijuana that year, prosecutors in Boulder and Denver dropped cases against people accused of possessing less than an ounce of pot.

Oregon prosecutors said they are still figuring out how to respond to legal marijuana, including whether they will prosecute new pot possession offenses between now and July 1, 2015.

Bracken McKey, a senior deputy district attorney in Washington County, said his office has about 100 pending marijuana cases. They include violations, misdemeanors and felonies for marijuana possession. Many of them include additional non-marijuana charges, he said. Those prosecutions are likely to go forward, he said.

“We are not going to grant amnesty to these individuals,” he said. “First of all, it’s still going to be against the law for close to another year.”

– Read the entire article at Oregon Live.