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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