Saturday, January 20, 2018

Marijuana Regulation

There have been lots of questions sprouting up regarding what is and is not legal in regards to marijuana possession and use in the city of Portland and on the hostel property. To be clear, neither drugs nor alcohol are not allowed on the Hawthorne Hostel property, which is a policy that has continued even after the recent legalization of possession, use, and sale of recreational marijuana. We keep this policy in order to create a safe and positive space for youth, families, and all other guests in effort to spread our mission and maintain an inviting atmosphere throughout the hostel. That being said, we hope to clarify some aspects of the marijuana measures that passed last November 2014 and July 2015 that continue to cause confusion and create gray areas for locals and visitors alike.

Some helpful facts:

  • You can have 1 ounce of marijuana on your person in public or in your car.
  • Marijuana is not allowed in public places and public view: parks, public transportation, bars and restaurants are off limits. This includes the use of discreet devices like a vape pen.
  • Consuming marijuana in public is a class B violation, the equivalent to a traffic ticket. The punishment is a fine of up to $1,000.
  • You can legally consume marijuana at your friend’s house or another private place that allows it.
  • Even if you own a car, if it’s parked on public streets, private property or parking area that you do not own, you are not allowed to use marijuana.
  • Riding your bike under the influence of intoxicants remains illegal.
  • You may not smoke on your/your friend’s front porch if passer-byers can see you. Front porches are considered a public place in this sense and public marijuana consumption is illegal. You’re better off moving to your back porch to consume.
  • Any adult 21 and older can legally possess marijuana in Oregon. You do not need to be a resident to purchase or use marijuana. Police may ask where you obtained your marijuana, but you legally do not have to tell them.

What will get me in trouble under the new law?

  • Exceeding any possession limits
  • Driving under the influence of marijuana
  • Buying or possessing marijuana if you’re not at least 21
  • Importing or exporting across state borders
  • Distributing large amounts or selling marijuana without proper licensing
  • Using, exchanging or growing marijuana in public
  • Possessing marijuana in prison or jail

Please respect the law and others around you. Thank you.