License Suspension for Less Than an Ounce?
It is obvious that Marijuana has become a highly controversial topic. In states such as Colorado and Washington, the use of Marijuana has become legal. However, Oregon criminal law does not allow the use and or possession of marijuana except for medical purposes.
Oregon law used to punish anyone caught with any amount of marijuana by suspending their driver’s license but now, recently passed Senate Bill 82 makes sure that adults caught with less than one ounce of marijuana cannot have their license suspended. Your license can only be suspended if you are under the age of 18, and the court determines that a suspension is necessary to protect public safety.
This bill is good news to many because driving is a very important tool whether for commuting to work, school, or for emergency purposes. Many were upset because they felt the punishment didn’t fit the crime. Getting caught with less than one ounce of marijuana is, in the minds of most people, not enough to suspend driving privileges. Perhaps you too can rest a little more easily.