Oregon Bill to Alter Marijuana Penalties Passed by Full Legislature

Oregon’s House and Senate have both approved the same version of a bill that would alter several marijuana-related penalties.

Senate Bill 302 passed Oregon’s Senate last month with a 21 to 8 vote, and today it was approved by the House of Representatives with a 34 to 21 vote. The proposal now goes to Governor Kate Brown who has the option of signing it into law, allowing it to become law without her signature, or vetoing it.

If it does become law, as expected, Senate Bill 302 would reduce the penalty for possessing more than the legal one ounce limit, but less than four times that limit. It would increase the penalty for possessing over 16 times the legal limit. The measure also “repeals additional penalties for the possession, manufacture, or sale of marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school”, and “moves criminal penalties and related provisions from the CSA [Controlled Substances Act] to the Control and Regulation of Marijuana Act”.

The full text of this bill can be found by clicking here.

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