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Deputies warn boaters about using pot on the water

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While the weather is heating up, and Oregon’s marijuana laws have loosened up, police are warning about mixing pot and summertime fun.

Deputies patrolling the Clackamas River Friday said they are cracking down on impaired boaters, and advise anyone putting a boat on the river over the weekend to lay off the alcohol and the marijuana.

That includes edibles and other products infused with marijuana which became legal for recreational pot users in Oregon earlier this week.

When rec pot first became legal in Oregon almost one year ago, law enforcement agencies warned that advanced training for their drug recognition experts helps them identify people who’ve had too much pot.

Local agencies want to remind boaters and people on the water about that this weekend.

Deputies said that even though there isn’t a Breathalyzer test to detect levels of marijuana like there is for alcohol, they can take action if someone is too intoxicated by any kind of substance.

“What we look for is impairment. It doesn’t matter what you’re using,” Deputy Morgan Guthner with the Clackamas County Marine Patrol explained. “If you’re impaired, we can enforce the law.”

Deputies said they have drug recognition experts on their marine patrol and they will be on the rivers this weekend.

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