Portland police still bust people for pot possession, after legalization vote

October 22nd, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

Portland police have issued citations to dozens of people for illegal marijuana possession since December despite a voter-approved ordinance aimed at legalizing small amounts of the drug.

Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said officers are not actively seeking violators and are given broad discretion when encountering the drug. But Sauschuck said they continue to enforce the state law against marijuana possession – just as he said officers would before Portland voters approved the measure in November 2013.

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In a report to a City Council committee, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck noted that officers issued more summonses in the 10 months after the legalization ordinance passed than in the corresponding 10-month period a year earlier.

In a report submitted to a City Council committee Tuesday night, Sauschuck noted that officers actually issued more summonses in the 10 months since the legalization ordinance passed than during the corresponding 10-month period one year earlier. The numbers are small for both years, however, and the vast majority of the summonses were given to people first stopped by police for other violations.

Officers issued 48 citations for possession of less than 2.5 ounces of marijuana between Dec. 6, 2013, when the city’s ordinance legalized pot possession for recreational use. That compares to 33 citations between Dec. 5, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2013, according to Sauschuck’s memo to the Public Safety, Health and Human Services Committee.

“While there is no question we had more citations in this time frame … I think officers are continuing to use discretion appropriately

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