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Oregon 1st State To Decriminalize Possession Of Drugs

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FILE - In this June 26, 2020, file photo taken from video, provided by the Yes on Measure 110 Campaign, volunteers deliver boxes containing signed petitions in favor of the measure to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem, Ore. The measure said the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs would be decriminalized in Oregon. Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and other hard drugs as the ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021. (Yes on Measure 110 Campaign via AP, File)

(AP) — Police in Oregon can no longer arrest someone for possession of small amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs.

A ballot measure that decriminalized them took effect on Monday. Instead, those found in possession would face a $100 fine or a health assessment. Backers of the ballot measure, which Oregon voters passed by a wide margin in November, hailed it as a revolutionary move for the United States.

Ballot Measure 110’s backers said treatment needs to be the priority and that criminalizing drug possession was not working. Oregon is a pioneer in liberalizing drug laws. It was the first state, in 1973, to decriminalize marijuana possession.

 

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