PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) –The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office will dismiss outstanding charges related to the possession, distribution or use of marijuana.
After Oregonians voted “yes” on Measure 91 in the November midterm election, the office reviewed all 21 open cases related to violations and crimes that will be decriminalized come July 2015.
“This office does not plan to prosecute future charges for conduct related to marijuana possession and delivery of marijuana which will become lawful under Measure 91 absent exceptional circumstances,” the District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Monday.
The move comes “because it is clear that a significant majority of voters in Multnomah County support the legalization of marijuana,” the DA said.
Yes on 91 Chief Petitioner Anthony Johnson released the following statement in regards to the DA’s announcement:
“Focusing law enforcement resources on serious and violent crimes was one of the foundations of the Measure 91 campaign, so it is heartening that the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has agreed to follow the will of the voters and already begin better prioritizing law enforcement resources on more serious matters.
“District Attorney Rod Underhill should be commended and other counties should follow suit and begin better focusing Oregon’s limited police and prosecutorial resources on more important issues as a vast majority of voters have declared that treating marijuana as a crime has failed and it’s time to implement a better policy.”
When you put it in perspective
The DA said eighteen of the open cases involve charges that are violations, on par with a traffic ticket.
The remaining three are charged as crimes. Additionally, there are currently
Currently, 29 cases the DA called “similarly situated” to the 21 open cases remain in warrant status. Of these 29 cases, 23 are charged as violations.
in certain amounts, this office will dismiss the pending charges related to conduct which will otherwise become legal July 1, 2015
However, other charges, for which criminalization will not be impacted by Measure 91, will still be prosecuted.