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Marijuana -- Law and legislation, Drug legalization. Marijuana industry, Administration of criminal justice -- Oregon -- Evaluation


This research brief reports findings from a survey completed by 301 Oregon police officers and sheriff deputies in the latter half of 2020. The survey asked about their experiences enforcing the state’s current marijuana laws and their perception on trends in marijuana-related public safety issues


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The project was supported in part by an Illegal Marijuana Market Enforcement (IMME) grant from the Criminal Justice Commission to Deschutes County. This grant program was created in 2018 by SB 1544 and was designed to assist local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys’ offices in their efforts to address the illegal marijuana market in Oregon. Additional support for the research was provided by the Department of Public Safety and Standards and Training (DPSST), the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. Finally, several law enforcement agencies directly participated by sending the survey to their employees. This includes the Bend Police Department (BPD), Redmond Police Department (RPD), Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO), and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO).

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