Rules of the Road for Drivers

ORS 811.482
Use of marijuana in motor vehicle

  • penalty


As used in this section:


“Consumes” includes the inhalation of smoke from a marijuana item by a driver or passenger of a motor vehicle.


“Marijuana item” has the meaning given that term in ORS 475B.015 (Definitions for ORS 475B.010 to 475B.545).


A person commits the offense of use of marijuana in a motor vehicle if the person consumes in any manner a marijuana item while in a motor vehicle when the motor vehicle is upon a highway.


This section does not apply to passengers in a motor vehicle that is operated by a common carrier and used primarily to carry passengers for hire.


Use of marijuana in a motor vehicle is a Class B traffic violation. [2016 c.24 §49]
Note: 811.482 (Use of marijuana in motor vehicle) was added to and made a part of the Oregon Vehicle Code by legislative action but was not added to ORS chapter 811 or any series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.
Chapter 811

See also annotations under ORS chapter 483 in permanent edition.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute

A party in violation of a motor vehicle statute is negligent as a matter of law unless he introduces evidence from which the trier of fact could find that he was acting as a reasonably prudent person under the circumstances. Barnum v. Williams, 264 Or 71, 504 P2d 122 (1972)

Law Review Citations

Under Former Similar Statute

10 WLJ 207 (1974)


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Jun. 26, 2021