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Oregon drug-decriminalization initiative starts gathering signatures

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Supporters of an initiative to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs began collecting signatures in Portland this week.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports advocates need 112,020 signatures to qualify for the November 2020 ballot.

The effort is called Initiative Petition 44 or the 2020 Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act. It is backed by the Drug Policy Alliance, the same group behind the 2014 ballot measure that legalized recreational marijuana in Oregon.

Campaign manager Peter Zuckerman said the initiative’s aim is to shift to a “health-based approach to drug addiction rather than a criminal justice-based approach.”

Crime And Courts / Oregon-Northwest / Politics

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  1. Oh yes the best way to stop the drug problem that this civilization has, is to start by telling our youth that a small amount is OK. Good job Peter Zuckerman, let’s start by taking your children or grandchildren, if you have any, to the streets of Portland, Eugene, Salem, or out to the BLM lands of Central Oregon, and introduce them to the people who at one time thought a Small amount was OK. Or do you teach them that any amount it is not OK, and have strict consequences if they do try to destroy their lives with a “Small Amount”. I know what we should, and I have done.

  2. ….while ignoring the crimes drug users and dealers commit obtaining and selling drugs. Gangs use violence to control the trade. Addicts rob and steal to get their drug money.

      1. Bert, here is one side of the argument to all 3 questions.

        Yes the worst gang of all is in alcohol, they go by OLCC and the result is more crime and death from alcoholism.

        No, stret drugs are cheaper than weed and booze because weed and booze are run by the same gang, OLCC. So, if you legalize it will be easier to get but more expensive. Not a good combo, more crime and addiction is the result.

        If you have an issue with big pharma then why support legalization? That is who the OLCC gang will award the drug dealing business to, more money for the gang coffers (tax).

  3. So, if this BS gets passed, I would guess that all the petty thefts, car break-ins, minor assaults, burglary and so on and so on will now have to be allowed because the druggies are only trying to support their legal habits.

  4. Look on the bright side with relaxed laws on hard drugs there will be fewer people who will be draining medicare and social security funds because they will die much sooner. Bad idea people.

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