Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office to drop 12 marijuana cases; pot crimes will continue to be investigated until new law is implemented
The Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it would drop a dozen pending marijuana cases in response to Oregon’s new legalization law.
District Attorney John Foote released a statement saying prosecutors have reviewed 39 pending marijuana prosecutions and decided to drop 12.
“Some of the remaining cases will have the level of punishment reduced, consistent with Measure 91,” Foote said in the statement.
Changes to the state’s marijuana possession and cultivation statutes do not become effective until July 1, 2015. Foote said his office will continue to review new marijuana cases until then.
Police agencies in Clackamas County “will be authorized to perform their duties regarding marijuana cases consistent with the current law,” he said.
“Marijuana is often associated with other kinds of serious crime and it is vital that law enforcement be able to continue to vigorously investigate those kinds of cases,” said Foote. “During this interim period, the rules regarding the search and seizure of illegal marijuana remain the same.”
The move follows a similar decision Nov. 10 by Multnomah County’s district attorney’s office, which announced it was dropping 50 marijuana-related cases.
— Noelle Crombie