Gresham Police Say Driver Who Struck Pedestrian May Have Been High
Monday, October 05, 2015
The Gresham Police Department and medical personnel responded to a struck pedestrian at the intersection of 181st Ave. and E. Burnside St. at 8:09 a.m. First responders rushed to the side of the victim, a 46-year-old Portland woman, who had been struck by a Toyota Prius.
She suffered a broken left arm, compound fractures to her left leg, a broken pelvis, a spinal fracture and injuries to her head, and was unconscious when paramedics arrived. She was treated at a local hospital for serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The driver, 27-year-old Jacob McLeod Walters, also of Portland, remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. Investigators from the East County Vehicular Crimes Team are still looking into what caused the crash, including whether marijuana was a factor.
Police said investigations so far have shown that Walters was smoking marijuana seconds before colliding with the victim. Speed and vehicle condition have both been ruled out as possible causes of the collision, according to police.
Walters was arrested and charged with assault, reckless driving and reckless endangerment.
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Employers Still Can—And Will—Drug Test
Many of the state’s largest employers, including Fred Meyer, Intel, Bi-Mart and Dairy Queen, will still test for marijuana, despite its new legal status. Companies that employ heavy equipment operators are required to buy insurance, and typically require drug testing.
Often, even companies that employ workers who operate machinery while simultaneously employing workers who do not will test, as the company will receive a lower monthly deductible if they test all of their employees across the board.
Driving Under the Influence
Unlike the Washington law, which included attached regulations concerning driving impairment, Oregon’s law has more room for interpretation.
Driving under the influence of marijuana is classified as a Class B Traffic Violation, which carries a presumptive fine of $260 and is not to exceed maximum fine of $2,000. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been tasked with researching the subject of drugged driving and presenting its finding to the Oregon Legislative Assembly no later than January 2017.
After reviewing the OLCC report, the state legislative assembly will decide whether passing more extensive driving regulations will be necessary.
Where will the New Tax Money Go?
Where will the tax money go?
Measure 91, the ballot measure passed last year that legalized marijuana in Oregon, stipulates that the tax revenue collected from recreational sales will be divided up in the following ways:
40 percent- Common School Fund
20 percent- Mental Health Alcoholism and Drug Services
15 percent- Oregon State Police
10 percent- Counties for enforcement of the measure
10 percent- Cities for enforcement of the measure
5 percent- Oregon Health Authority for drug abuse prevention
While marijuana is now legal for recreational use in the state of Oregon, some individual communities have passed laws banning recreational marijuana facilities from opening. Consumption will still be legal in these areas, but sales will not.
For a full list of cities that have passed these bans, click here.
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Don’t Cross State Lines
It will still be illegal to transport marijuana across state lines. That restriction even includes those crossing the Columbia River into Washington, where marijuana is also legal. Marijuana is classified as a Scheduled I controlled substance, meaning that anyone transporting it across line is prosecutable by Federal agencies
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