In the past, many states were tough on drugs. The tremendous number of drug arrests clogged an already overburdened criminal justice system. Furthermore, those convicted of certain drug offenses, including cannabis-related drug offenses, could be incarcerated for months, if not years. Recently, however, states have begun to change their laws relating to drug-related offenses, and Oregon is leading the way.
Drug Possession in Oregon
On February 1, 2021, Ballot Measure 110 took effect, and Oregon became the first state in the country to decriminalize the possession of virtually all drugs, including heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Notably, a person charged for a possession that occurred prior to that date will still be subject to a criminal conviction. Additionally, the amount a person possesses must fall within the legal limits for “personal use”:
- Less than 1 gram of heroin
- Less than 1 gram, or less than 5 pills, of MDMA
- Less than 2 grams of methamphetamine
- Less than 40 units of LSD
- Less than 12 grams of psilocybin
- Less than 40 units of methadone
- Less than 40 pills of oxycodone
- Less than 2 grams of cocaine
If a person is found possessing a greater weight, that person would still be subject to criminal charges. Also, just like Marijuana and cannabis items, the manufacture and delivery of these drugs are still criminal acts.
Contact Pendleton Law for Help With a Drug Charge
If you have been found in possession of drugs, contact Pendleton Law, LLC at 541-226-3613. We will put our decades of combined experience to work to provide you with exceptional, aggressive legal representation.