Drug Crimes

Oregon recently decriminalized user amounts of certain drugs, but that does not mean those drugs are legal. It simply means the penalties for possessing very small quantities of those drugs will result in lesser penalties. The decriminalization of those drugs does not mean that people will not find themselves facing criminal drug charges. Drug laws in Oregon are divided into three major categories: unlawful possession, unlawful manufacture, and unlawful distribution of controlled substances. Each offense ranges in severity, but are often charged together, resulting in a much more serious penalty. If you have been accused for a drug crime, consult a drug defense lawyer immediately following your arrest.

Types of Drug Crimes in Oregon


It is illegal to distribute - deliver or transfer - a controlled substance to another person. This could include simply handing a bag of drugs to someone else. Transporting mass amounts of drugs to be sold carries substantial penalties.


Unless you are a licensed entity manufacturing drugs in a professional capacity, it is illegal to manufacture - or produce, prepare, or process - drugs in the state of Oregon. Unfortunately, since the drug laws that govern drug manufacturing laws, many people do not know that certain actions or behaviors can qualify as drug manufacturing.

To be charged with a drug manufacturing accusation, you do not even necessarily have to physically produce a drug; if you packaged or repackaged a drug, you could be liable for violating this law.


Generally speaking, possession of controlled substances is the lowest level crime of the three categories. Possession of narcotics, marijuana, or prescription drugs may result in a more significant consequence or misdemeanor penalty.

Drug crimes consequences are serious and can result in a stigma associated with the label of being involved in drugs. These charges can impact your employment prospects and even effect your ability to get housing.  It could cause serious emotional and financial strain on a person.

If you have been charged with a drug crime you should immediately consult with a lawyer to determine how to proceed.

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