Possession of Marijuana Charges

Aug 10

Oregon is pretty laid back when it comes to a little cannabis here and there for personal use. While it is against the law to possess any amount of marijuana while in Portland, having less than an ounce is a violation that may result in a hefty fine but it is not considered a crime.

With marijuana “pot” shops opening across the water on the side of Washington state where possessing a limited amount of marijuana for personal use is legal, there are understandable concerns that people driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII-Drugs) or “drugged driving” may drift over to Portland. The Portland Police Bureau, however, has no plans to step up patrols for this purpose until such time as having legal marijuana so close at hand becomes a real problem.

While it may have a somewhat tolerant attitude toward a little recreational use of marijuana and medical marijuana is already legal in the state, DUII is something the Portland police take very seriously. You can be arrested if you are suspected of being high behind the wheel and probable cause can be established for a blood test.

Unlike alcohol-related DUI where there is a legal limit, any amount of marijuana or any other drug found in the system is automatically a DUI and a crime. Even a first offense carries up to one year in jail, a fine, community service, or any combination of the three. If the DUI-Drugs results in serious bodily harm or death to a third party, it is immediately escalated to a felony charge.

If you are in a city where marijuana possession is still illegal and think you can get away with a slap on the wrist for possession of marijuana charges, you could be making a dangerous assumption. Consult with an experienced marijuana possession lawyer, just to be on the safe side. Dealing with the consequences of a marijuana possession conviction because you didn’t take the charge seriously enough is something that you’ll regret instantly.


  1. Criminal defense is serious business and I am grateful that someone is writing about it.

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