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Property and Evidence Division

The Property Evidence Division stores the property of all persons arrested by the Portland Police Bureau; evidence seized by officers; and illegal items or miscellaneous property that comes into the possession of members of the Police Bureau.

The Bureau of Police shall maintains a property and evidence division which keeps the following:

A. Property of all persons arrested by Portland Police and incarcerated in a Multnomah County Jail, except any personal items kept at the jailer’s discretion for the prisoners;

B. Evidence seized by officers or other persons in the process of making an arrest;

C. Contraband, illegal items, or miscellaneous property which comes into possession of members of the Bureau of Police.

Property and Evidence Forms

Medical Marijuana Release

Portland police officers frequently come into possession of medical marijuana in a variety of circumstances. Most typically, this marijuana has been taken from arrested persons who are booked into jail and their property is placed in our Property Evidence Division for safekeeping.

When they are released from jail their property, including medical marijuana, is released if they are able to produce a medical marijuana card issued by the State of Oregon and the quantities are consistent with Oregon Law.

However, recently the Oregon Attorney General's Office issued an opinion that the Police Bureau is in violation of the federal Controlled Substances Act by returning or "delivering" the medical marijuana to its rightful owner.

We have consulted with the Portland City Attorney's Office who have reviewed this opinion and are advising us to discontinue returning medical marijuana regardless of the reason the marijuana was seized, even if the person possesses a medical marijuana card.  Therefore, effective March 20, 2012, the Property Evidence Division will no longer release medical marijuana for any reason.


Police Property and Evidence Division