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Oregon looks at toughening laws as state awash in illegal marijuana

Oregon looks at toughening laws as state awash in illegal marijuana

Merrill Oregon marijuana grow op July 25, 2022

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In 2014, Oregon voters approved a ballot measure legalizing recreational marijuana after being told it would eliminate problems caused by “uncontrolled manufacture” of the drug.

Illegal production of marijuana has instead exploded.

Oregon lawmakers, who have heard complaints from police, legal growers and others, are now looking at toughening laws against the outlaw growers. A draft bill for Oregon’s 2023 legislative session would double the maximum prison sentence and fine.

Those found guilty of unlawful manufacture involving more than 100 plants and possession in excess of 32 times the legal limits could face 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

In the video above, you can watch Central Oregon Daily’s Allen Schauffler report from last summer about the influence of international cartels in illegal grow ops on the High Desert.

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