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POT: When it’s legal, when it’s not

Scotta Callister

Blue Mountain Eagle

Published on May 28, 2015 10:48AM

CANYON CITY – Starting July 1 in Oregon, pot will be legal in some circumstances – but not all of them.

That was the message today from Grant County District Attorney Jim Carpenter, as he and DAs across the state sought to clarify the situation for citizens.

In a news release, Carpenter noted that legalization, approved by Oregon voters last fall, “does not come without restrictions.”

He noted the following will continue to be illegal:

• Possession of more than 8 ounces of marijuana in private and/or four plants per residence.

• Possession of more than 1 ounce of marijuana in public.

• Possession of any amount of marijuana by anyone under age 21.

• Use of any amount of marijuana in public.

• Transporting any amount of marijuana out of state.

• Driving a vehicle while impaired by marijuana, or by marijuana along with another drug or alcohol.

Carpenter said those are only a few of the restrictions. He advised people to look into the law and clarify which conduct is allowed – and which is not.

Carpenter said he respects the will of the voters and will support people’s rights to legal possession and use.

“However, when the law is broken, putting children and the public at risk, my office will not hesitate to hold offenders accountable,” he said.


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