Portland Group Seeks to End Pot Arrests

July 5th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

A group of Portland residents is hoping to take the heat off marijuana users. Members of the group Sensible Portland turned in 2,100 signatures today aimed at getting a referendum on the November ballot that would direct Portland Police not to arrest adults for personal use or possession of marijuana, according to WCSH-TV.

The proposed ordinance also requires the mayor to report to the city council on marijuana arrests. Under the measure, police would not face any penalties if they violate the ordinance.

Sensible Portland told the station the group believes it’s time for voters to go on record about personal marijuana use because the federal government says it plans to crack down, even on medical marijuana patients. The group also hopes the proposed ordinance will lead to a discussion about legalizing the drug.

At least 1,500 valid signatures are needed to bring the proposal to the city council. After a public hearing, the council could either enact the ordinance or put it out to voters. At the same time, the council can also offer voters an alternative plan, the station reports.

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