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What are the limits of medical marijuana immunity?

As many Oregon residents likely know, Oregon has a medical marijuana program that allows certain people to legally use, possession and grow marijuana within the state. The people who qualify for the medical marijuana program are highly regulated and if they do not strictly follow the rules of the program, then they can face criminal punishments.

If you are participating in Oregon's medical marijuana program, then you have several restrictions that you should be aware. If you are arrested in any of these situations, the medical marijuana program will not give you immunity against criminal charges and you can face serious punishments.

Under section 475.316 of the Oregon code, you can lose your immunity if you are caught driving under the influence of marijuana. You will also lose your immunity if you are seen using marijuana in a correctional facility, a youth correctional facility or in public view. Additionally, if you sell marijuana -- even to a person that has a medical marijuana card -- you will lose your immunity.

Section 475.316 also says that you can lose your immunity if you give marijuana to anyone that does not have a medical marijuana card, grow marijuana in any place that has not been authorized by the program or grow marijuana in more than one location.

Being aware of these restrictions can help people avoid punishment and drug charges. However, if people have already been charged, they should know that criminal defense options may exist. By seeking specific legal advice, which this post cannot provide, people may be able to avoid penalties for drug charges.

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