Portland PD Encourages Responsible Cannabis Use with Voodoo Doughnut
It’s coming, it’s coming, legal weed is coming to Portland!
That’s right! If you’ve been living under a rock, or have been away at some Dooms Day Pepper camp, the consumption and possession of certain amounts of weed will be legal in the state of Oregon, July 1st (no concrete word on recreation sales yet, but they’re saying Oct 1). HUZZAH!
So, with this upcoming legalization there are many questions people have: “how much can I legally carry on my person without being subject to arrest?”, “if I forget my anniversary, can I give bae a different kind of flower?”, or “I smell a skunk next door, should I call the fuzz?”.
These are all great questions and luckily for us we live in a day where information is shared at a rapid pace. If you do have questions, What’s Legal Oregon has put together a nice campaign to share what’s legal, but I am really digging what the Portland Police Department is doing to help educate the community. Instead of a big campaign that others would take to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, the PPD put together a helpful, visual guide using Portland’s own, Voodoo Doughnuts. The visual guide features the Voodoo Doll Doughnut and helps educate consumers on what the different amounts are legal to possess. (via)
Below is some more helpful information from the Portland Police Department:
The Portland Police Bureau would like to make residents aware of the new law and some considerations moving forward:
* Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) is a crime and can have deadly consequences. For public safety reasons, preventing DUII driving is a top law enforcement priority. Driving after consuming alcohol, marijuana and/or other intoxicants can impair your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you consume an intoxicant, please don’t drive.
* Using marijuana in a public place remains illegal and can result in a citation being issued by law enforcement.
* Possession of more than one ounce on your person (in public), or more than eight ounces in your household remain crimes and can result in your arrest.
* Oregonians bringing marijuana products into the state from Washington (or transporting out of state to anywhere) are violating Federal drug laws. Oregon marijuana users should research and be aware of Federal laws regarding marijuana use and/or drug possession.
Community members observing public consumption of marijuana should NOT call 9-1-1, unless there is an immediate public safety risk. Instead, community members observing and concerned about public consumption of marijuana may call the Police Non-Emergency Line at 503-823-3333. Callers should be aware that these calls will be prioritized according to established dispatch protocols which place emergency and serious criminal activity ahead of nuisance calls.
Officers have discretion when it comes to issuing citations but anyone consuming marijuana in public may be contacted by police and issued a citation.
Community members smelling marijuana smoke from a neighbor’s home or yard are encouraged to discuss it with the neighbors or property owners as this is not a law enforcement issue.
The Portland Police Bureau is encouraging community members to be considerate of each other as this new law goes into effect.
The Drugs and Vice Division will continue to focus its efforts on large-scale drug trafficking organizations involved in the distribution of controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.
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