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Proposed Oregon ballot initiative would decriminalize most drugs…

“It’s hard to tell whether Oregon will be the right state to do this in and what the next steps are,” Sutton said.

Sutton said the group wasn’t only looking at changing the law in Oregon. [He said] It does make sense in Oregon, where there are already tax dollars coming in from legal recreational marijuana. “This plan would reallocate marijuana tax dollars to treatment,” he said. The effort, Initiative Petition 2020-044 or the 2020 Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, would remove criminal penalties for personal, non-commercial possession of drugs listed as Schedule I, II, III, or IV by the federal Controlled Substances Act. That would include drugs like heroin, methamphetamine and Ecstasy. It would classify such possession as Class E violation, “subject to $100 fine or completed health assessment by an ‘addiction recovery center,” according to the initiative petition. “Criminalizing drugs disproportionately harms poor people and people of color,” it continues. “It saddles people with criminal records that prevent them from getting housing, pursuing their education, obtaining loans, getting professional licenses, getting jobs and keeping jobs.”

Original Article (Oregon Live):
Proposed Oregon ballot initiative would decriminalize most drugs, fund recovery centers
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