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Oregon 1st in US to soften on hard drugs, ‘magic’ mushrooms

Yes on Measure 110 website

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin and methamphetamine and to legalize therapeutic use of psilocybin mushrooms on Tuesday, with two ballot measures passing by large margins.

Measure 110 would completely change how Oregon’s justice system treats those who are found with personal-use amounts of the hard drugs.

“Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use,” said Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which was behind the hard-drugs measure. “Measure 110 is arguably the biggest blow to the war on drugs to date.”

Instead of going to trial and facing possible jail time, a person would have the option of paying a $100 fine or attending new “addiction recovery centers.”

The centers would be funded by millions of dollars of tax revenue from the legalized, regulated marijuana industry in the state that was the country’s first to decriminalize marijuana possession.

“This is such a big step in moving to a health-based approach instead of criminal punishment, and we’re devoting significant new resources to help Oregonians who need it,” said Janie Gullickson, co-chief petitioner of Measure 110.

It received 59% yes votes and 41% no votes, with roughly 1.9 million votes counted, according to unofficial partial results from the secretary of state.

Among those in support of the Oregon measure were the Oregon Nurses Association and the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians.

Two dozen district attorneys said the measure “recklessly decriminalizes possession of the most dangerous types of drugs (and) will lead to an increase in acceptability of dangerous drugs.”

Three other district attorneys backed the measure, including the one in Oregon’s most populous county, which includes Portland.

Also passing was Ballot Measure 109 that allows the manufacture and controlled, therapeutic use of psilocybin, commonly called magic mushrooms. It received 56% yes votes and 44% no votes, with roughly 1.9 million votes counted.

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  1. Man Google is having a cow right now and so is YouTube. Pulling posts of live feeds and delaying others by 20 minutes at least. Not calling state wins, and CBS is about to come uncorked. Trump won Kenosha County by .3% in 2016…. this go around he was 25 points up. Good job protesters!!! You gave Wisconsin to Trump

  2. Really? More Drugs.
    Oregon voters are an embarrassment.
    Oregon survives financially only because of federal funds and taxing the crap out of its citizens who actualy work hard. With 25% of our residents on some kind of welfare its time to start drug testing people before they get free stuff off the backs of the Tax payers in this upside down state. I have no doubt that the protesters both in Bend and Portland could pass a drug test and they all are on WELFARE of some type. Cut off the Drugs and cut off the welfare handouts and they will all move back to whatever hole they came from.

  3. I applaud passage of this measure. The magic mushrooms in therapeutic microdoses will help relieve anxiety of those suffering from a number of maladies like PTSD so prevalent in our veterans, but will be especially helpful for the terminally ill. As for decriminalizing possession of small amounts of meth and heroin, referral to recovery makes more sense than jail time. Addiction is a self-destructive health issue with no direct victim other than the user. This measure will free up LE and the courts to focus their efforts on more serious crimes. The fact that the Missouri’s actions will be paid for by the marijuana industry has a certain poetic justice.

  4. Just like Brave New World.
    Take some soma for your troubles. Will the crimes addicts commit be ignored as well? It’s not so much the drugs that get one in trouble. It’s the robbing and stealing that leads them to being caught.

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