Source - Oregon’s law decriminalizing small amounts of all street drugs went into effect on Monday — making it the first state in the nation to enact such a measure.
Those found with personal-use amounts of drugs — including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, oxycodone and ecstasy — will now face a $100 fine instead of a criminal charge.
Known as Measure 110, the legislation was overwhelmingly approved by state voters in November. It focuses on providing drug users with treatment through newly funded addiction recovery centers.
The law was not without opposition. Two dozen district attorneys argued it would lead to the normalization of dangerous drugs. Oregon is known to be at the forefront of progressive drug laws. In 1973, the state became the first in the nation to decriminalize marijuana. Then, in 2014, recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon.
Good on Oregon. The world is burning down around them and what do they do? Add fuel to the fire. I mean they might as well, right? How much worse can things get? Then again, this may help calm everyone down. People tend to care less about the political state of our country when they're junked up on the couch. It'll be interesting to see what happens next year once the people who are using realize they can do so without the fear of being arrested. If I had to guess I'd say nothing will change in their day-to-day other than the fact that they can now (hopefully) get help for their addictions without the fear and stigma that comes along with being arrested. At least that's they're aiming for...
“Today, the first domino of our cruel and inhumane war on drugs has fallen,setting off what we expect to be a cascade of other efforts centering health over criminalization,” Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, told the Associated Press.
They've definitely got their work cut out for them. Regardless, I feel like this will be a good thing. Decriminalizing drugs has worked in other countries so why wouldn't it work here? Time will tell. Good luck, Oregon! You're going to need it.