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Old 12-10-2020, 09:20 PM
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Default Oregon just decriminalized all drugs –

Oregon just decriminalized all drugs – here's why voters passed this groundbreaking reform

Scott Akins, Professor, Sociology Department, Oregon State University and Clayton Mosher, Professor, Sociology Department, Washington State UniversityThu, December 10, 2020, 5:36 AM PST

Oregon became the first state in the United States to decriminalize the possession of all drugs on Nov. 3, 2020.

Measure 110, a ballot initiative funded by the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group backed in part by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, passed with more than 58% of the vote. Possessing heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs for personal use is no longer a criminal offense in Oregon.

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Here are the drug limits under Oregon’s first-of-its-kind decriminalization law

Starting Feb. 1, Oregon’s new drug decriminalization measure takes effect and the state becomes the first to remove criminal penalties for small amounts of street drugs.

The law also reduces penalties for possession of larger amounts of drugs and redirects marijuana tax revenue toward services and programs aimed at addressing drug addiction in Oregon.
Here are the limits.


I have not read Measure 109 or Measure 110 in their entirety. If anyone has or has the time to do so, I'd be interested to know if these Measures are retroactive and, if so, how will that aspect be handled

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The headline is somewhat misleading. Here's what was on the ballot:

1. Possession of small amounts of street drugs is still illegal, however, if a person is arrested for having a small amount, it is not a felony. Instead, the person can be sentenced to lock down drug rehab, rather than going to prison.

Possession of large amounts of street drugs is still illegal and many of those charges still fall under Measure 11 (which requires a judge's sentence to be served in it's entirety, no possibility of parole).

2. Portions of various fees and fines will be used to establish mental health and drug rehab centers throughout the state.

The last time I ran the numbers, it was somewhere around 68% of Oregon's inmates have mental health needs. The prison system is the largest mental health provider in the state. The goal was to treat the mental health issues, not just lock people in prison and let them out untreated.
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