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Drug ‘Defelonization’ Approved in Oregon

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Drug ‘Defelonization’ Approved in Oregon


By Bill Weinberg  August 22, 2017



A bill signed by Oregon Governor Kate Brown last week makes the Beaver State the latest to reduce the penalty for personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor. The state which famously was the first to decriminalize cannabis in 1973 is again leading the way to a more rational and humane drug policy.


Hearteningly, among the bill’s supporters were the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association. The Associated Press reports the two organizations said felony convictions involve unintended consequences, such as barriers to housing and employment. But in an open letter on the matter, they also said the new law “will only produce positive results if additional drug treatment resources accompany this change in policy.”...








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