Oregon turns into the primary state to decriminalize possession of all medicine

Oregon is the first state to decriminalize all drugs and promote rehabilitation instead of incarceration.

Act 110 law came into effect yesterday and treated possession of small quantities of hard drugs as a violation, similar to a traffic ticket. According to Oregon Live, these “small amounts” are defined as follows:

  • Less than 1 gram of heroin
  • Less than 1 gram or less than 5 tablets of MDMA
  • Less than 2 grams of methamphetamine
  • Less than 40 units of LSD
  • Less than 12 grams of psilocybin
  • Less than 40 units of methadone
  • Less than 40 tablets of oxycodone
  • Less than 2 grams of cocaine

For possession of large quantities of illicit drugs, this is a misdemeanor and a fine of $ 100 in lieu of a felony and possible prison sentence. This applies to:

  • 1 to 3 grams of heroin
  • 1 to 4 grams of MDMA
  • 2 to 8 grams of methamphetamine
  • 2 to 8 grams of cocaine

Measure 110, which was approved by 58% in November 2020, prioritizes drug treatment over punishment. Violators can avoid a fine by agreeing to a health assessment and will be asked to seek treatment.

Sources: KGW, Oregon Live | Photo credit: © NGC / G Hughes

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