2009 ORS 475.864¹
Unlawful possession of marijuana

(1) It is unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess marijuana.

(2) Unlawful possession of marijuana is a Class B felony.

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2) of this section, unlawful possession of marijuana is a violation if the amount possessed is less than one avoirdupois ounce of the dried leaves, stems and flowers of the plant Cannabis family Moraceae. A violation under this subsection is punishable by a fine of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000. Fines collected under this subsection shall be forwarded to the Department of Revenue for deposit in the Criminal Fine and Assessment Account established under ORS 137.300 (Criminal Fine and Assessment Account).

(4) Notwithstanding subsections (2) and (3) of this section, unlawful possession of marijuana is a Class C misdemeanor if the amount possessed is less than one avoirdupois ounce of the dried leaves, stems and flowers of the plant Cannabis family Moraceae and the possession takes place in a public place, as defined in ORS 161.015 (General definitions), that is within 1,000 feet of the real property comprising a public or private elementary, secondary or career school attended primarily by minors. [2005 c.708 §33]

  • Pete Castleberry, Sep 22, 2011
    “As an Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyer, people ask me a lot of ques­tions about Oregon's marijuana laws. Probably the most popular ques­tion concerns how much trouble you can get in for Unlawful Possession of Marijuana or Unlawful Manufacture of Marijuana.”
  • Pete Castleberry, Sep 15, 2011
    “It is not something most of think about on a daily basis, but it is fascinating (and terrifying) that every Oregon citizen is subject to at least two completely different sets of crim­i­nal laws: (1) the crim­i­nal laws passed by the Oregon State Legislature and (2) the crim­i­nal laws passed by the United States Federal Govern­ment. . . .”

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 475—Controlled Substances; Illegal Drug Cleanup; Paraphernalia; Precursors, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­475.­html (2009) (last ac­cessed Mar. 8, 2010).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.