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Deputies warn about marijuana use while boating, swimming

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Crews with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol said they will be looking closely this summer for anyone using marijuana while boating. (KPTV) Crews with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol said they will be looking closely this summer for anyone using marijuana while boating. (KPTV)
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Local deputies have a message for people who plan to use marijuana while boating or swimming – don’t do it.

Recreational pot became legal in Oregon last summer on July 1, making this is the first full summer marijuana will be legal in both Oregon and Washington.

Deputies say it is dangerous to get in the water or behind the wheel of a boat while under the influence of marijuana.

“Water is a hazardous environment,” Sgt. Steve Thoroughman with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol said. “Any time you take or use anything that can impair your judgment, marijuana included, as well as alcohol, it’s just not a good idea.”

Boating while impaired by drugs or alcohol is illegal, and even for those not operating a boat, it is illegal to use marijuana or consume edibles in public.

“We’re looking out for that stuff. It’s something we do intend to enforce,” Thoroughman said. “So people are welcome to use marijuana in the privacy of their own homes. You shouldn’t plan on coming out on the river unless you want to have a nice big hefty fine to ruin your day.”

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