Another Oregon First


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By Joey Cappelletti

Come November, Oregon voters will have the opportunity to decriminalize drug use, a move that the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission says will lower racial disparities for drug arrests by 95 percent. The move would make Oregon the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize all drugs.

Ballot Measure 110, also known as the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, would reduce possession of drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine and cocaine from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction and $100 fine. This measure doesn’t legalize any drugs, and larger offenses such as the manufacturing or distributing of drugs would still receive criminal penalties. Click here to keep reading…