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Oregon decriminalizes hard drugs like heroin and cocaine

Oregon decriminalizes hard drugs like heroin and cocaine

Oregon became the first state to decriminalize hard drugs like heroin, cocaine and meth in a verdict early Wednesday. Post the vote, the ’Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act’ will transition the state’s drug policy from a punitive, criminal approach to ’a humane, cost-effective, health approach.’ Instead of treating drug users as criminals, Oregon will offer them addiction services.

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Rhokanth
Rhokanth 3 months

Good. This should have always been the case. Biden's drug bill was intentionally racist.

Daniel
Daniel 3 months

Awesome. *This* is an example of liberty and freedom - allowing people to make whatever choices they want to make, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else.

TheMadDane
TheMadDane 3 months

Has worked well in Portugal for years. I don't have a problem with this at all.

America
America 3 months

Why stop there, just decriminalization all crime and there will be none to report. Defund all police and there will be no one to report any crimes. This state can fall off the map as far as I'm concerned.

Don
Don 3 months

Because the war on drugs has been so successful? Whether you agree or not, Oregon is trying a different approach, I will be happy if it works and the first one to say I told you so if it doesn't.

Jerry
Jerry 3 months

The experiment of the the war on drugs has been a corrupt failure. It would be interesting to see how such a changed policy can perform.

12345
12345 3 months

For those who are curious and havent read the article: “Instead of criminal prosecution, people in possession would face a $100 fine, which can be waived if the person agrees to pursue treatment, according to the measure.”

Garthak
Garthak 3 months

Should be done everywhere. If I want to ruin my body by doing cocaine and heroin then I should be able to.

Freedom Nuggets
Freedom Nuggets 3 months

I have always been against the war on drugs... But THIS, is hilarious. Portland going to be Meth City USA. I think it will be great when hords of ANTIFA overdose. I 100% guarantee there will be zero problems with this lol. Make sure you tell every single junky in America that Oregon is the place to go. Fentanyl stocks going to skyrocket.

Max
Max 3 months

Finally! Someone looked at the numbers and realized money spent locking up non violent offenders with rapists could be better spent on roads and rehab!

Zreak
Zreak 3 months

For those of you against decriminalization can you explain why you are against it? Also do you think the war on drugs has been good or bad for our society?

OrKos world
OrKos world 3 months

How idiotic. Let's legalize shrooms, pot, cocaine and crack and make people happy. Can't wait to hear about the disaster this new law is going to create for oregon. " Today in the news a mass car pile up occurred killing a dozen people who were high on drugs" oregon 10 reporting. Lol. Just dumb.

Alex
Alex 3 months

As a real conservative, it's about time. Keep government away from personal choices. But if the personal choices effect the community negatively, than take them into custody for a real crime, ect. breaking and entering ir robbery and assault.

edwin
edwin 3 months

Fareem, can we please get a filter or review process for links to sites that require a subscription. This stopped being fucking funny a while ago.

Clayton
Clayton 3 months

This was a bad decision: 1. Homelessness will now increase. Many of the people in Portland are homeless because they abuse drugs. 2. The crime rate will increase. Drug use leads to murder, theft, and armed robbery (just to name a few). Police in this city are already taxed out so this will make their job so much harder. More drug dealers and addicts are going to flock to this city. Some of these drug dealers also participate in human trafficking which involves children. 3. The mortality rate will increase. Many more people are going to die from overdose or from crimes mentioned in comment number two. 4. Unemployment will increase. More people will start to lose their jobs because they are hooked on drugs. 5. Some people voted for this because their family members are hooked on drugs but all you have done is enabled them to continue their bad habits. They will just get worse. Some of you applaud this because you don’t want to be held accountable for your criminal activities. Some people will drive while they are high so you can expect car accidents to increase and deaths by car accidents to increase.

J. S. Dietrich
J. S. Dietrich 3 months

You should have a right to destroy your own body. However, M4A should be off the table if this is the path you want to go down.

Deadman 0_0
Deadman 0_0 3 months

This should be interesting to watch.

Max
Max 3 months

LAND OF THE FREEEEEEEEEE (almost) u still go to jail for an ounce in many states

alligator
alligator 3 months

I think this is great, but not perfect. If hard drugs such as heroin, cocaine and meth were legal; it would make illegal smugglers job harder, government could earn from taxes, it would reduce prices which would cause less thieving, also government can reduce budget that is being burnt to fight with drug smuggling. But, making them legal would also make them more accessable, which would increase death by drugs, which could cost more in the long run in both human lives and money. So, it is a double edged sword. But I think it should be made legal with proper education (maybe some kind of an exam about drugs effects on humans before getting a licence to buy them legally, just to make sure they know this is harmful). If done effectively, I think this would be the best solution.

orion
orion 3 months

I’m down with decriminalization and I’m proud of my state but this bill if you read up on it is garbage in terms of funding.

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