SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — We’re still months away from voting but officials are already talking about the possible legalization of recreational marijuana.
The measure will appear on the November ballot and if it passes, people over the age of 21 will be able to buy and possess pot.
That would mean a heavier work load for police, especially when it comes to driving.
Springfield Police said they expect to see more DUII marijuana arrests if the measure passes. They say while it would be legal to smoke marijuana, it would still be illegal to drive under the influence.
Officers say once they have probable cause to take the person into custody, they’d be taken to a drug recognition expert for additional tests.
“The DRE then has again several tests and ways that they look at. They look at the person’s body functions with the heart rate, and breathing, and blood pressure and so forth,” says Sergeant Richard Jones with Springfield Police.
Police said if the measure passes, it won’t change their protocol too much.