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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 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 once 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.

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Mark C. Cogan, P.C., of Portland, Oregon, represents individuals charged with crimes throughout Oregon, including central Oregon, northern Oregon, Pacific Coast communities and the Willamette River valley, including Clackamas County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Columbia County, Marion County, Tillamook County, Clatsop County, Lincoln County, Lane County, Linn County and Benton County and the cities of Salem, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Oregon City, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, Milwaukie, West Linn, The Dalles and Clackamas.

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