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#302829 - 08/22/17 11:37 AM No Longer Felony: Oregon Makes Possession Of Heroin, Cocaine, Meth misdemeanor
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A bill signed by Gov. Kate Brown makes personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs a misdemeanor, not a felony. Oregon is one of only a few states in the U.S. that has changed the seriousness of the offense down to a misdemeanor. The Oregon District Attorney’s Association vehemently oppose the bill.

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#302833 - 08/22/17 06:51 PM Re: No Longer Felony: Oregon Makes Possession Of Heroin, Cocaine, Meth misdemeanor [Re: pdx rick]
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This is the first intelligent move against the flawed, failed, VERY expensive war on drugs (close to a trillion wasted so far). The feds, of course, will fight this one with some vigor. The simple fact is that drug related deaths are the result of the law and not the other way around (the drugs now produced by criminals and drug supply is so variable (potency) that users have absolutely no idea what they are using/shooting up.) The fact that the drug warriors haven't even been able to keep the prices of illegal drugs down is a pretty good example of the drug warrior's utter failure to deal with the problem.

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#302838 - 08/22/17 11:50 PM Re: No Longer Felony: Oregon Makes Possession Of Heroin, Cocaine, Meth misdemeanor [Re: pdx rick]
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Wow.

See? Oregon got high and this is what they did!

I really really hope this turns out well for them. At least it isn't doing the same old thing and hoping for different results.

I like this experiment a LOT better than the Kansas experiment.

Go for it Oregon! Got my fingers crossed for you!
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#302839 - 08/23/17 12:40 AM Re: No Longer Felony: Oregon Makes Possession Of Heroin, Cocaine, Meth misdemeanor [Re: pdx rick]
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Fortunately, they are combining lowered criminal penalties with much better access to treatment programs in poor counties. The funding (or lack of) meant that people in poor counties were much more likely to go to prison for drug offenses, while people in rich counties were more likely to go for treatment.

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