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A new bill, signed into law this week by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown makes personal and possession of coc aine, heroin, methamphetamine and other hard drugs a misdemeanor instead of a felony.
“Douglas County is in opioid crisis, and in a meth crisis, and in a heroin crisis,” Wesenberg said. “The governor and the Legislature just blunted law enforcement’s most effective tool in combating drug addiction.”
Wesenberg was joined in his fear mongering by Linn County District Attorney Doug Marteeny, who said, “To change the classification of this behavior from a felony to a misdemeanor is tantamount to telling our school children that tomorrow it will be less dangerous to use methamphetamine than it is today.”
Both Wesenberg and Marteeny, however, are very misguided. Research shows — as in the case of Portugal — decriminalizing drugs and treating addicts instead of caging them, can produce paradigm-shattering results.
As Oregon’s News-Review notes, among the bill’s supporters, are the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association, which said felony convictions include unintended consequences, including barriers to housing and employment. But the two groups, in a letter to a state senator who backed the bill, said the new law “will only produce positive results if additional drug treatment resources accompany this change in policy.”
originally posted by: Phonixfromtheashes
O nooo watch the sky fall like it did i portugal......o wait the only thing that fell in Portugal was drug use.
originally posted by: thesaneone
a reply to: Phonixfromtheashes
You misspelled Phoenix.
It could work but I can see diseases and nasty infections going up in that state.
originally posted by: FredT
Cue the Jeff Sessions threat
It may be the way to go here. The war on drugs has not worked and the prisons are filled with these types of offenders. However, it only works if some sort of rehab program is in place.