Get Out of Jail Free in Oregon

Get Out of Jail Free in Oregon

marijuana possession charges dropped in Oregon county

Portland is situated in Multnomah County, the largest in Oregon. This week, The Oregonian reported that at least forty-seven people facing minor marijuana charges in that county will be blessed with an early holiday gift in the form of a get out of jail free card. This gift is, of course, thanks to the results of the recent marijuana law reform bill being approved by voters on election day.

An announcement from the office of District Attorney, Rod Underhill was given to The Oregonian stating that pending, non-violent, marijuana cases will officially be dismissed without prosecution. There is no sense in wasting time and money pursuing cases involving acts like possessing and growing marijuana because those offenses will be legal in July 2015 when Measure 91 is enacted.

The statement from the District Attorney’s office reads, “Because it is clear that a significant majority of voters in Multnomah County support the legalization of marijuana in certain amounts, this office will dismiss the pending charges related to conduct which will otherwise become legal July 1, 2015. Any remaining charges not impacted by Ballot Measure 91 will be prosecuted.”

The charges represented by the forty-seven dismissed cases are for various non-violent violations. Eighteen of those were for possession of less than one ounce of cannabis. Twenty-nine of those are non-violent marijuana charge warrants that will never be pursued.

This is great news for all forty-seven people that had a close call, and even better news for those who will never have to go through the scare of a close call because cannabis prohibition has been voted out of the state.

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Voters Ended Cannabis Prohibition in Oregon

Voters Ended Cannabis Prohibition in Oregon

In Oregon, pro-marijuana advocates have been working tirelessly for months, spreading word about the benefits that may come from legalizing cannabis, and yesterday it all came to fruition. The war on marijuana has been going strong since the mid 1930’s, but the everyone on the Measure 91 team, from the big names, familiar faces, and law enforcement officers all the way down to the foot soldiers, may finally rest easy today knowing that they have been triumphant. Yesterday, voters elected Oregon to be the third of the United States to legalize the recreational use and retail sale of marijuana. Congratulations, Oregon!

What exactly does this mean for residents of Oregon?

Although, Measure 91, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, may not legalize cannabis as an import or export crop for the state of Oregon, it does allow for recreational use by residents and retail sale of marijuana by licensed dispensaries within the state. Adults aged twenty-one years or older, will be permitted to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana flowers, and to cultivate up to four marijuana plants in a private residence. Under this measure, the retail sale of cannabis will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The state medical marijuana laws will remain unchanged.

This is only the beginning of a lengthy process for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the residents of Oregon. Measure 91 may have been approved by voters in November 2014, but it does not take effect until July 1, 2015. It is unlikely that retail marijuana dispensaries will be ready to open that day because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has until the beginning of 2016 to issue business licenses. However, the OLCC may start drafting regulations, and accepting applications as soon as they are ready.

Congratulations are in order for the farmers of Oregon, as well, because under Measure 91, cultivating industrial hemp is also legalized!


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Oregon is the Third State to Legalize Cannabis

Oregon is the Third State to Legalize Cannabis

In Oregon, pro-marijuana advocates have been working tirelessly for months, spreading word about the benefits that may come from legalizing cannabis, and yesterday it all came to fruition. The war on marijuana has been going strong since the mid 1930’s, but the everyone on the Measure 91 team, from the big names, familiar faces, and law enforcement officers all the way down to the foot soldiers, may finally rest easy today knowing that they have been triumphant. Yesterday, voters elected Oregon to be the third of the United States to legalize the recreational use and retail sale of marijuana. Congratulations, Oregon!

What exactly does this mean for residents of Oregon?

Although, Measure 91, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, may not legalize cannabis as an import or export crop for the state of Oregon, it does allow for recreational use by residents and retail sale of marijuana by licensed dispensaries within the state. Adults aged twenty-one years or older, will be permitted to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana flowers, and to cultivate up to four marijuana plants in a private residence. Under this measure, the retail sale of cannabis will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The state medical marijuana laws will remain unchanged.

This is only the beginning of a lengthy process for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and the residents of Oregon. Measure 91 may have been approved by voters in November 2014, but it does not take effect until July 1, 2015. It is unlikely that retail marijuana dispensaries will be ready to open that day because the Oregon Liquor Control Commission has until the beginning of 2016 to issue business licenses. However, the OLCC may start drafting regulations, and accepting applications as soon as they are ready.

Congratulations are in order for the farmers of Oregon, as well, because under Measure 91, cultivating industrial hemp is also legalized!

photo credit: Oregonlive

Polls Show Approval for Legal Marijuana in Oregon

Polls Show Approval for Legal Marijuana in Oregon

Voters in Oregon may quite possibly make history today by becoming the third of the United States to legalize marijuana. On the ballot, Measure 91, also known as the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, will allow adults aged twenty-one years or older to possess up to eight ounces of dried marijuana flowers and up to four marijuana plants. Under this measure, the retail sale of cannabis will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The state medical marijuana laws will remain unchanged.

Support for what has been referred to as “the most regulated and strict marijuana measure ever voted upon in Oregon,” has been steady throughout the polling season, but in recent days it has increased. The most recent poll by Survey USA was released on October 28. It shows a majority of voters approve of the marijuana legalization initiative in the state. This poll shows fifty-two percent of all surveyed support voting yes on Measure 91, and this is the number advocates hope will show true at the end of the election day.

Poll shows support for marijuana legalization Oregon

The graph above depicts results from three different polls by Survey USA, and includes the most recent results that are written in the paragraph above. The far left on the graph shows results from poll released September 25, where voter approval of legalizing marijuana was only at forty-four percent. The middle number, showing a forty-eight percent approval for Measure 91 from likely voters, was released October 20. In about one month, voter approval increased four percent. The numbers on the far right are from the most recent poll, released October 28. Just eight days later, approval increased to fifty-two percent.

The likelihood of this marijuana law reform initiative being passed by voters increases with the number of votes being cast. Want to help the cause?

Send your friends in Oregon a friendly reminder to vote, no matter which side of the fence they are on, using a Facebook App. First, find out if your registered friends in Oregon have already voted by going to DidTheyVoteYet.Org. The app can be downloaded through that site, and it will search your Facebook friends for you. It will populate a list of your friends who have not yet cast a ballot, and then you can call and text them until they exercise their American right to vote. As the Measure 91 initiative pointed out, marijuana cannot legalize itself.

Measure 91 Oregon


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Remind Your Friends in Oregon to Vote Using Facebook App

Remind Your Friends in Oregon to Vote Using Facebook App

The pro-marijuana legalization campaign in Oregon, Yes on 91, has incorporated a creative strategy into their mission to encourage registered voters to exercise their rights by using a clone-able Facebook app.

How does it work?

First the app matches contacts from your Facebook account to the list of registered voters in the state of Oregon. Next, the app will show you which of your Facebook friends are registered to vote, but who have not yet submitted a ballot. Lastly, it will give you the option to send a private Facebook message to each friend, reminding him or her cast their vote.

Once registered voters have cast a ballot, the registered voter website marks the person as having voted, so this app will only match people who have not yet voted. Do not fret, it does not show who or what a person voted for. This app can be added to Facebook by going to DidTheyVote.org. People can find out whether or not their friends have voted yet, and then politely or overwhelmingly remind that person to exercise his or her rights as an American.

One fan of the app, Sarah Duff, a volunteer with the campaign supporting Measure 91, told the Daily Journal,

“This kind of app is great because it helps me do all the things I would do anyway, which is remind my friends to vote.”

The organization anticipates this reminder tool to appeal especially to young voters, and are excited to see the results next week.


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