Bills & Laws

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    Oregon Senate Chambers

    Effective July 1, 2013 Oregonians will be allowed to posses up to four ounces of marijuana before being charged with felony possession. (Senate Bill 40 Sponsored by Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association with misdemeanor amendment by Compassionate Oregon).

  • Effective July 1, 2013 Oregonians will no longer be subject to driver’s license suspension for a conviction for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. (Senate Bill 82 Pre-session filed with amendment Sponsored by Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association & Compassionate Oregon).
  • Effective January 1, 2014, Oregonians suffering from PTSD will be allowed to qualify for a medical marijuana card. (Senate Bill 281 Pre-session filed by Senator Brian Boquist at the request of Todd Dalotto and Compassionate Oregon).
  • Effective March 1, 2014, Oregonians will be allowed to apply for a medical marijuana facilities certification. (House Bill 3460 Introduced by Representatives Peter Buckley and Lew Frederick and Senators Floyd Prozanski and Jackie Dingfelder).
  • Effective March 1, 2014, Cities and Counties have the right to place a one year ban on medical marijuana facilities.  All packaging for usable marijuana must be child-resistant and unattractive to children.(SB 1531 at the request of the Association of Oregon Counties and the League of Oregon Cities.

Links you may find helpful!


Ogden Memo, October 19, 2009


Cole Memos, June 2011, Aug. 2013, Feb. 2014

  • June 29, 2011 memo from the DOJ, “Guidance Regarding the Ogden Memo in Jurisdictions Seeking to Authorize Marijuana for Medical Use.”
  • The second Cole Memo, August 29, 2013, “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Enforcement.”
  • The third Cole Memo, Feb. 14, 2014, “Guidance Regarding Marijuana Related Financial Crimes.”
  • The memo from the US Dept. of Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network And Bank Secrecy Act, Feb. 14, 2014, “Issuing guidance to clarify Bank Secrecy Act expectations for financial institutions seeking to provide services to marijuana-related business.”