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Portland Cracking Down on Pot Use at Public Marijuana Events

Three recent large-scale marijuana-themed events are under investigation by Portland officials who say such gatherings may violate clean air rules and other regulations prohibiting public pot consumption and sale.

Portland’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement, which oversees the city’s marijuana policy, has ramped up pot-related enforcement efforts with the addition of four compliance officers since March, Victor Salinas, the city’s marijuana policy coordinator, said Friday.

Events where cannabis is handed out as samples or consumed by attendees run into several legal complications, he said. For one, Oregon’s Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits smoking and the use of devices like vaporizer pens in public areas and work places.

Public cannabis consumption is also not allowed by law. Salinas said even parties where guests pay admission are considered public. [Read more at the Portland Oregonian]

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