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Oregon Becomes 1st State to Decriminalize Drug Possession as Ballot Measure 110 Takes Effect

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Oregon has just become the first state in America to decriminalize the possession and personal use of all drugs.

What We Know:

  • Last November, voters passed Measure 110 to decriminalized drugs, including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, and methamphetamines, and declassify possession of small amounts of drugs as a civil violation. While making or selling drugs is still illegal, people found in possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use will only face a fine of $100. People can also avoid paying the fine by agreeing to participate in a health assessment.
  • As of February 1st, 2021, Measure 110 will increase access to addiction assistance and similar health services, offering rehabilitation to those who need it instead of arresting and jailing people for doing drugs. According to the OBP, the measure plans on maintaining resources for drug users by putting millions of dollars generated by Oregon’s cannabis tax towards supporting their recovery programs.
  • Those in favor of the measure expect the city to generate savings in the criminal justice system because of fewer drug arrests, prosecutions, and incarcerations. Those savings would also be redirected into a fund for treatment and other services.
  • According to an analysis performed by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, the state of Oregon struggles with some of the highest rates of substance abuse in the nation and the poorest rates of access to health services.

Drug Policy Alliance executive director Kassandra Frederique spoke in support of the measure on Monday, saying, “This law is meant to protect people against persecution, harassment and criminalization at the hands of the state for using drugs and instead given access to the supports they need.”

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