On Tuesday, Oregon become the latest state to legalize marijuana (along with Alaska, Colorado, Washington, and the District of Columbia). Some people may think that this immediately means they can legally buy, sell, and possess marijuana. This is not the case. Legalization does not actually take effect until July 1, 2015. Possession of 1-4 ounces remains a misdemeanor until then. It is also not legal to buy or sell marijuana without a medical marijuana card or retailers license until that time. As a Portland Defense Lawyer, it is important to be aware of these new laws lest a person run into trouble before full legalization in this state.
Marijuana Laws Explained by a Portland Defense Lawyer
It is important to note, however, that while marijuana will be legal at the state level, it remains illegal at the federal level. This means that, at any time, the FBI or other federal authorities can choose to exert their authority at any time and arrest people buying or selling marijuana. Until there is a change at the federal level, there will remain tension between the states and the federal government on this issue.
As a Portland Defense Lawyer, it is good that people will no longer have to worry about being arrested for recreational marijuana. While Oregon has been progressive on this issue for some time, this allows all people to avoid being arrested for marijuana possession.
If you face drug charges, the attorneys at Kroll & Johnson can help. With experience helping clients facing serious drug charges, we can provide the experience you need during this difficult time. We will aggressively fight the charges against you and work to achieve the best outcome possible for your particular charges. To learn more about how a Portland Defense Lawyer can help with your drug charges, contact Kroll & Johnson today for a free consultation.