Oregon Poised To Decriminalize Meth, Cocaine And Heroin

UPDATE: The bills have passed both chambers of the Oregon legislature and now head to the governor's desk for signature. // The Oregon legislature...
By the elusive eye · Jul 11, 2017 · ·
  1. the elusive eye
    Anti-narcotics workers display bags containing cocaine in front of an incinerator in Lima September 22, 2011. More than six tons of drugs including cocaine paste, marijuana, cocaine and opium seized during police operations held between July and September were incinerated. REUTERS/Enrique Castro-Mendivil

    UPDATE: The bills have passed both chambers of the Oregon legislature and now head to the governor's desk for signature, according to The AntiMedia. Also decriminalized by the bills are LSD and oxycodone.

    The Oregon legislature passed two bills Thursday decriminalizing small amounts of six hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy.

    The first of the two bills now headed to the governor’s desk, HB 2355, decriminalizes possession of the drugs so long as the offender has neither a felony nor more than two prior drug convictions on record, according to the Lund Report. The second, HB 3078, reduces drug-related property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors.

    Republican State Sen. Jackie Winters claimed the war on drugs as it currently exists amounts to “institutional racism” due to how more frequently minorities are charged with drug crimes than whites.

    “There is empirical evidence that there are certain things that follow race. We don’t like to look at the disparity in our prison system,” Winters said during a hearing. “It is institutional racism. We can pretend it doesn’t exist, but it does.”

    The second bill reduces mandatory minimum sentences for many property crimes and also increases the number of previous convictions necessary for a felony charge. It provides $7 million in funding for diversion programs to help lower Oregon’s prison population.

    Winters and other supporters of the bills argue the answer to America’s drug crisis is treatment, not prison time.

    “It would be like putting them in the state penitentiary for having diabetes,” Democratic Rep. Mitch Greenlick told the Lund Report. “This is a chronic brain disorder and it needs to be treated this way.”

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    Written by: ANDERS HAGSTROM, Jul 7, 2017, Oregon Poised To Decriminalize Meth, Cocaine And Heroin, The Daily Caller

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  1. Nikkitwerks
    "Hmmm this is interesting..."
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Feb 11, 2018
    I don't know, this doesn't seem like it's real, it definitely has my attention though. I'm going to try to find more info on the subject though.
  2. iceskater
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 15, 2017
    I think this is great as long as we don't become jerks and take advantage of it in the wrong way. I think that if we treat it like anything else as mature, responsible adults, there won't be any problem. If it were eventually made all legal, like weed here in WA, I think we'd be better off being allowed to buy clean, professionally made drugs...
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  3. 5-HT2A
    "Fantastic News"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 11, 2017
    This is a surprisingly forward thinking series of changes if in fact they are signed into law. I am quite surprised that LSD and MDMA are being decriminalized given the overwhelming stigma attached to healing drugs vs. purely addictive ones in the U.S.


  1. Mingo123
    I can not find any other news report with this information in it.
    1. the elusive eye
      original: http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/07/oregon-poised-to-decriminalize-meth-cocaine-and-heroin/

      The Lund Report: https://www.thelundreport.org/content/oregon-house-approves-bills-decriminalizing-drug-possession

      The AntiMedia: http://theantimedia.org/oregon-decriminalize-cocaine-meth/

      ...there's also this one, which correctly notes that the Oregon bill is not true decriminalization but rather just penalty reduction (https://www.massroots.com/news/no-oregon-isnt-decriminalizing-drugs-not-yet-anyway)... it also contains a list of other jurisdictions that have or are considering decriminalization
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  2. aemetha
    It's a great step toward a rational drug policy.
  3. Mingo123
    Thank you for the additional references. This is a step in the right direction - providing treatment instead of just punishment is the way it should be!
  4. la fee brune
    Somehow, it doesn't surprise me that this is happening in Oregon, of all places...
  5. CrazyYogaChick
    Is this for real?? I'll be moving
  6. la fee brune
    If they ever legalize opium dens, I'm definitely moving back there. :cool:
    1. the elusive eye
      they're also trying to get rid of the line in their state constitution that bans dueling for anyone in or wants to in the future be in public office lol.

      yes, dueling. as in "i challenge you to a duel." LMAO.

      shit, i'm already sold on the move.
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  7. Lain Iwakura
    The title of the article is misleading to an extent. They are decriminalizing possession of small amount of hard drugs to the extent that instead of a felony with guaranteed jail time, they moved it down to misdemeanors which can force someone caught with LSD to go to rehab and still possibly get jail time albeit not as much. Real decriminalization would actually make drug possession an infraction which means a fine only.
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  8. Alfa
    So basically they are considering to reschedule methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.

    It would be interesting if someone would post the full text of the bill in the Law forum.
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  9. Docta
    With the ongoing decline in petroleum revenue in states that have previously relied heavily on high oil prices to meet budget. I think we're likely to see these kind of attempts to lower prison population become more prevalent as a means of reining in expenditure. This has very little to do with drugs other than being identified as the most effective way to lower new admissions and parole existing offenders.
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    1. the elusive eye
      remember it's not true decriminalization - it just reduces the penalties in most cases from felonies to misdemeanors.

      i pulled the relevant sections of the bill text and posted them in the Discussion tab on this article shortly after i first posted this :)
  11. Mick Mouse
    This is just nuts. Instead of addressing the issue properly, they roll over and decriminalize it? So now instead of putting those caught with drugs in the state legal system, they send them to county jail, where the resources are even less available. Hospitals will be even more taxed with the increase in admits, as the county jails will do a "reverse dump" and bring the addicted to the hospitals instead of housing them. It is happening in Colorado right now

    I do NOT agree with the current system, but if you want to address the issue, attack the major supplier countries with penalties and provide proper treatment options. DON'T just decriminalize it and try to wish the problem away! It will be like throwing gasoline on a fire! They will end up being another California.
    1. aemetha
      While I agree with the need to provide proper treatment options, you also have to remember that criminilisation is a major barrier to people seeking treatment and recovery. It prevents them from gaining gainful employment and is a permanent label on medical and criminal history records. Decriminlisation on its own is not the solution, but it is a necessary part of the solution. Addiction rates fall when drugs are decriminilised, as shown in places where it has occurred such as Portugal.
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  12. Mick Mouse
    Agreed.....unfortunately. There really IS no easy answer, and I speak from experience. And I do NOT believe in the "lock 'em up and throw away the key" methods, either. But again, create a firm, but not necessarily harsh, penalty such as the concern for prison, where you CAN get treatment if you really want it (Again, I speak from experience!) and divert money into treatment and prevention. DON'T just throw your hands in the air and effectively tell everyone "we can't win so we won't even try".

    Don't be the fat kid in the candy store who is unwatched. You will always end up sick.
  13. lostgirl09
    This feels to me like “the beginning of the end”. Seriously, just look at Seattle. Prime example. Homelessness and drug addiction rates have skyrocketed, as have theft related crimes. Lawlessness abounds, chaos has become commonplace. Drug use is done openly in public, discarded syringes in the streets and sidewalks are so numerous that they have to be literally hosed down and collected by trash men daily before the start of business hours.
    This both angers me and sickens me.
  14. jazzyj9
    I don't think any drug should be criminalized and think this only adds to the social ills drug addiction creates. Responsible use and treatment programs that go along with decriminalization would be a more holistic approach. I don't think addiction is desirable and many addicts would like help, making this accessible without criminal penalties would be more helpful in my opinion. Drug use and economic disadvantages go hand in hand. Drugs are right there for people who are down on their luck, which only makes the problems worse. If I were homeless and on the street, I might turn to heroin, who knows. It would be awful.

    On the other hand, disregard for public safety, with needles thrown on the ground and at the beach and even in children's playgrounds is deplorable. But this is the same type of thing happens when large corporations pollute the environment. So we hate the drug addict who throws his syringe on the ground or the homeless person but not the billionaire CEO who gives the okay to pollute the environment. That's a double standard if you ask me. There should be standards of human conduct rich and poor alike.
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