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First-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, coc aine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face less jail time and smaller fines under a new bill approved by the Oregon legislature that aims to curb mass incarceration.
The Oregon legislature passed a bill late last week that reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor, reducing the punishments and expanding access to drug treatment for people without prior felonies or convictions for drug possession. Oregon lawmakers hope to encourage drug users to seek help rather than filling up the state’s prisons as an epidemic of abuse spreads.
“While we still have much work ahead, HB 2355 represents an important step towards creating a more equitable justice system to better serve all Oregonians,” Brown said in an emailed statement. “Addressing disparities that too often fall along racial and socioeconomic lines should not be political issues. Here in Oregon, we’re demonstrating that we can make meaningful progress to improve the lives of Oregonians by working together around our shared values.”
originally posted by: projectvxn
I applaud any state attempting to end the war on drugs.
Ending the war on drugs would go a long way toward repairing many of the issues we face as a nation.
If they do something that places themselves in danger then you might swing a medical hold / psyche hold till the person returns to reality (civil and not criminal).
originally posted by: Aliensun
a reply to: underwerks
As a former drug counselor in part of my life, I hope to Hell that Oregon has the bucks to support all of those that are going to need help with their addictions and the effects on their families members. Need I not mention the criminal effects on non-users and the justice system? Oh, I know, we are all entitled to be stupid and go our own way..., but those addicts do not live in a world that does not impinge upon other decent, souls that want none of the heavy drug world.
originally posted by: worldstarcountry
a reply to: underwerks
I would only support such a measure on the condition they testify against the drug pusher that sold it to the. Otherwise, they can suffer the consequences of their own poor decisions like normal. And that is ridiculous of the cops to just watch this man trip out in public. He should have been detained immediately and isolated from the general population. Its all fun and games until somebody grabs an object and uses it as a weapon in a violent attack or damages property.
You may disagree.