Oregon becomes the first state to decriminalize hard drugs

Jeff J Mitchell / Staff
Well today is definitely a new day in Oregon. (I mean, new laws get passed all the time, but this one just hits different).

After Election Day they became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, as reported by FOXNEWS.com.  

Its called "The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act," and looks to have approach the drug issues by being more helpful to the violators, rather than punishing them.  So, instead of treating drug users as criminals, Oregon will now treat them as addicts.

"People suffering from addiction are more effectively treated with health care services than with criminal punishments," the bill reads. "A health care approach includes a health assessment to figure out the needs of people who are suffering from addiction, and it includes connecting them to the services they need."

As FOX details:

  • Only small amounts of drugs are decriminalized, such as less than 1 gram of heroin or MDMA; 2 grams of cocaine or methamphetamine; 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms; and 40 doses of LSD, oxycodone or methadone.
  • Criminal penalties for possession of these amounts are replaced with a fine of up to $100, which can be waived if the user is evaluated at Addiction Recovery Centers. 
  • Crimes that are associated with drug use, such as manufacturing drugs, selling drugs and driving under the influence, are still criminal offenses. 

For more from the source directly, click HERE

Will Cali adopt this? Do we even want to? I imagine if it works we would, but that is yet to be seen. I guess that's the luxury of not being first. High five, Oregon.