Decriminalizing drugs in Oregon a 'victory for common sense and for science'

Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize all drugs, with voters supporting a ballot measure to reduce arrests and improve access to addiction treatment.

11/5/2020 3:50:00 PM

Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize all drugs, with voters overwhelmingly supporting a ballot measure intended to reduce arrests and improve access to addiction treatments.

Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize all drugs, with voters supporting a ballot measure to reduce arrests and improve access to addiction treatment.

Ballot initiatives make history to state and local laws"GMA" takes a look at the legislation that will change things in states across the U.S., from Mississippi approving a new state flag to Oregon decriminalizing possession of hard drugs.Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP

Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize all drugs, with voters overwhelmingly supporting a ballot measure on Tuesday intended to reduce arrests and improve access to addiction treatments.Passing Measure 110 means Oregon residents no longer can be arrested or imprisoned for possessing small amounts of substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or LSD. That doesn't mean the drugs are legal. Instead, the measure reduces the offense to a noncriminal offense and a maximum fine of $100 and mandates establishing an addiction treatment program funded in part by

taxes from marijuana sales."I think it's a wonderful victory for common sense and for science," Kate Chatfield, senior adviser for legislation and policy at The Justice Collaborative, a criminal justice research and advocacy organization, told ABC News."It's trying to use an arrest as an opportunity point." headtopics.com

MORE: Marijuana legalization measures pass in 5 statesThe ballot measure is not a law, meaning a council needs to figure out the details before it's implemented. But if the reform is effectively executed, there are at least two major public health benefits it could yield, according to Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University.

Fewer drug arrests should reduce Oregon residents' interaction with the criminal justice and legal systems, and in turn, limit their risk for health problems associated with incarceration, including COVID-19 infection and drug overdose, Beletsky said. In his estimation, reinvesting criminal justice savings in under-resourced health and addiction services would go even further to make the measure successful.

One potential pitfall to guard against is ensuring law enforcement doesn't initiate encounters based on drugs, then arrest individuals for non-drug-related crimes."You need monitoring, training and other measures to minimize such shifts," Beletsky told ABC News.

Marcio Jose Sanchez/APAn election worker sorts mail-in ballots at the Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building, Nov. 2, 2020, in Portland, Ore.That's especially important given the racial disparities often seen among those arrested for drug possession. Despite similar usage rates, Black Americans are almost headtopics.com

for having marijuana, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Read more: ABC News »

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This signifies a huge step towards harm reduction within the U.S and that brings a smile to my face. End the war on drugs: give addicts HELP NOT JAIL TIME! That seems like a good idea....yeah What if you have small amounts of all of those? Right? In 2022 34 Counties there will have the option on their ballots to join as the State of Idaho. Looks like 2 counties near Washington doesn't speak for the State after all.

Jeez look at all the bots on this thread.....smh No more low hanging fruit for police Now the whole world can be said to be an USA virus Hopefully all the addicts move to OR ASAP. junkieville just like sanfrancisco losangeles Republicans, the fight is not over. We need to take to the streets to protest the fraud of these elections. They want us to accept this silently. But, the hope of justice never dies for those who have faith in God!

Another good reason not to visit Oregon!

Oregon leads the way in decriminalizing hard drugsIn a first in the nation, Oregon has rejected charging drug users with criminal offenses, with voters passing a ballot measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and other hard drugs. “Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing Less people in prison. More criminals on the streets Hooray for Oregon But yet doctors are responsible for the opioid crisis

Obama White House—The Office of National Drug Control Policy: Claims of Benefits from Drug Legalization Exceed Supporting Science Cato Institute report does not present sufficient evidence to support claims regarding causal effects of Portugal’s drug policy on usage rates. A state to AVOID and SHUN at all costs! They should change their state's name to PATHETIC!

We are so ass backwards in America. This has been legal in Switzerland for a long time. Pray that president Trump wins the election. President Trump has done so much for the United States and the United States people. President Trump has done for Christians and for Israel. The Christians an d Jews are pray for presided Trump win the election..

Oregon, the magic mushroom 🍄 state They should get maximum sentences not a slap on the wrist! Its meth and heroin not weed or lollipops!!! Fuck junkies!!! Idiots This is good news. Treatment is better and less expensive than incarceration Good. It needs to be Nationally Very great news. People struggling with addiction, needs treatment not imprisonment.

Decriminalizing drugs in Oregon a 'victory for common sense and for science'Advocates hope passing the measure in Oregon, which trends ahead of the curve on drug reform, is a sign that decriminalizing drugs could spread to other states, similar to how marijuana legalization efforts have. Because handing out more needles worked out great in San Francisco... Demrats like legalizing drugs...makes it easier to sell them to your kids....You listening 'suburban housewives'? Many other countries have done this, and had very positive results both for the addicts and society in general. Look up Portugal drug decriminalization!

Stupid voters. Well this only going to go one way..... the WRONG way... que a huge influx of ODs and mass drug taking in public... and the police will hand their hands tied.. public safety will be a thing of the past Why no reward for information leading to fraudulent voting? About time! All states should be doing this!

I mean antifa needs them for the riots Bahaha I’m sure that helps with the addiction problem. Don’t stigmatize the drugs that actually kill you. No wonder the opioid epidemic is rising, it’s because we keep making it easier and less shameful to do drugs. I’m not even talking about weed. Make addictions easier.

Leave it to the west coast..always more progressive Legalizes all drugs. Tax them. Put the cartels out of business. 为你们点烛🕯️ great idea to decriminalize drugs and defund the police in the middle of pandemic and riots 🙄👎These people have lost their minds and common sense completely

Oregon, the first US state to legalise life-threatening drugsFor Oregon voters, possessing hard drugs such as cocaine and heroin mattered the most as the state passed a legislation, legalising their consumption and possession

Why are we so far behind the rest of the civilized world in this? Good move. Next thing should be to make the same controlled substances available to addicts, under prescription by doctors. It would kill most of the illegal market and most of the associated crime. Decriminalized at state or local level remains federally illegal, punishments for possession may be reduced to a fine or set as the lowest law enforcement priority. Legalization, on the other hand, is when a once-banned substance is no longer illegal

With addiction comes crime to feed that addiction. Will be interesting to see how this works. And who exactly will be paying for their treatment? The free healthcare Biden promised? 😂 Stupid. America is going down the drain. Darn i never got to visit there Give them all fentanyl, that is one way to stop the rioting and 'peaceful' protests in Portland.

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Oregon Decriminalizes Possession of Hard DrugsOregon voters have passed a measure making the state the first to decriminalize possession of hard drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, LSD, and oxycodone. Drug on Good let all the addicts move to your state

Oregon Decriminalizes All Drugs, While D.C. Decriminalizes PsychedelicsFive states also legalize marijuana in continued assault against war on drugs IL.have an Oz of everything please DC is going to need them... Oregon has also decriminalized rioting, looting, arson and assault, so this seems very logical. It's an anarchist's delight. Maybe that needs to be the new state motto?