While police and prosecutors take drug use and possession seriously, criminal charges for these crimes are generally much less severe than the charges for drug manufacturing and drug trafficking. Drug charges for the manufacturing, cultivation or trafficking of drugs in Oregon are generally felonies and are subject to sentencing guidelines.
These guidelines have been created to deter drug rings. Under these guidelines, people are likely to receive much more than one year in prison. In some cases, violent offenders have shorter sentences than those facing drug trafficking charges.