When Oregon Laws are codified*, they can be scattered all over their corresponding legislative subject compilation, the Oregon Revised Statutes, so, unless you are a researcher with too much time on your hands, I recommend you start with one of the following resources until you become very familiar with all the new cannabis laws, statutes AND regulations – and there will be new cannabis laws until you die or until the world’s lights go out, whichever comes first:
1) Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS): the 2015 ORS, which has not yet been posted online, will be the first ORS with codified recreational cannabis statutes. Toss the word “cannabis” into the ORS search box. You might want to toss in the word “marijuana” just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
2) Laws & Regs from OHA: Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP), which links to their OMMP Administrative Rules, Statutes and Legal Information webpage.
Oregon v. Lang, 273 Or App 113 (2015), (Benton County Circuit Court CM1320460; A154498)
Citations below are to the online, unofficial advance sheet version of this case, and available for viewing (at least as of today) at: http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/docs/A154498.pdf
This is another case that would be quite instructive to laypeople interested in the law, assuming they read the whole case and also perhaps talk to a lawyer or judge about it, rather than relying on a brief news report – or a blog post.
What does an ounce, 8 ounces, or a pound of marijuana look like – relative to a Voodoo (Doll) Donut?
A picture sometimes is worth a thousand words. In this instance, though, courtesy of the Portland Police Bureau, it’s worth a pink box full of laughs.
For the record, Measure 91 does not mention the word “recreation(al)” and its official “this Act shall be known as” statement says: “Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act.”
“Marijuana and health: A comprehensive review of 20 years of research,” by K.K. Repp, PhD, MPH and A.L. Raich, MS, MPH, October 20th, 2014
From the Executive Summary: “Rarely has there been such a divide between science and public opinion as there is with medicinal and recreational use of marijuana. The purpose of this review is to summarize over 20 years of of peer-reviewed publications from journals around the world, on the often complicated relationship between marijuana and health. With over 50 topics reviewed in detail throughout this report please reference the specific review section for recommended reading and citation of the studies summarized below.” [Link to full report.]
From Trial Ad (UW): Ethics of Advising Marijuana Users and Businesses
Excerpt: “Under RPC 1.2(d), a “lawyer shall not counsel a client to engage, or assist a client, in conduct that the lawyer knows is criminal . . .” Does this cover lawyers advising clients under Washington’s new marijuana law, when possession is still a crime under federal law? ….” [Read full blog post.]
The Comment period for the proposed rule ends September 6, 2014.
From the Sacramento County Law Library, which has an excellent collection of legal research and self-help resources, you can find this very funny, but also very realistic video of a legal reference or self-help interview:
(You can also find the SACLAW Law Librarians on Twitter.)
“The Oregon Cannabis Industry Association is hosting an informative seminar providing Oregon cannabis industry members, and those looking to enter the industry, with an opportunity to learn from professionals across the legal spectrum. Attorneys and professionals will cover basic business law, employment law, tax law and more. A representative from the Oregon Health Authority will be on hand to answer questions about the application process and rules for the upcoming state-licensed medical marijuana facilities.
Tickets are $150. (Approval for CLE credits pending for practicing Oregon attorneys.)….”
Link to Oregon Cannabis Industry Association (OCIA) program webpage for more information.