Clipped From The Delta Democrat-Times
for as 51 Pot law report issued PORTLAND, Ore. (UPI) -- Oregon's y e a r - o l d l a w d e c possession of small amounts of magijuana has failed to cause the negative effects which had been feared by opponents to the measure, according to a legislative report. S t a t e Rep. S t e v e D-Portland, said Thursday the report showed the law has removed marijuana users from criminal justice machinery without relaxing penalties for pushers or sellers of drugs. Kafoury was cochairman of the Alcohol and Drug Committee which prepared the law in the 1973 Oregon Legislature. The law took effect in October of 1973. Opponents had argued that the decriminalization would lead to increased use of marijuana, especially in public, and increased trafficking the drug. Oregon law provides a fine of not more than $100 to those caught less than one ounce of marijuana. person convicted of such a violation does not receive a criminal record. The legislative study said that of police agencies which submitted statistics for drug cases, 14 reported an increase in arrests for marijuana possession. But most of them either no change or a decrease in enforcement effort. "The laws have not caused the major problems for the state which some had predicted and ... the laws have for the most part been accepted or approved by those officials who r e s p o n s i b e f o r administering them," the report The report also showed that for cultivating, transporting and selling marijuana increased, and arrests i n v o l v i n g outnumbered marijuana arrests.