Thursday, November 5, 2020

Oregon Voters Approve Decriminalization of Hard Drugs

Oregon voters approved Measure 110 on election day, the Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative. 

The state will now remove criminal penalties — including prison time — for possessing small amounts of currently illegal drugs (including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, methamphetamines and LSD.), which is a very good thing. But the state doesn't go away.

 The measure will give those caught with drugs the option of either paying a $100 fine or getting a “completed health assessment” at an addiction recovery center. 

The state will now redirect existing marijuana sales tax revenues and savings from the measure toward setting up a more expansive drug addiction treatment and recovery program.

Also noteworthy, the sale of drugs will still be illegal, felony charges will apply to people who are alleged to possess enough drugs to sell.

 The measure passed with almost 60 percent support. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, gave $500,000 to the campaign to push the measure.

Oregon’s Measure 109 was also approved by voters. It will give legal access to psilocybin, the main active ingredient in “magic mushrooms,” for mental health treatment in supervised settings



  1. Whew, good call. Now all the fentanyl and heroin addicts can reroute the money they were spending on defense attorneys into their businesses since the state is less of an impediment.

  2. We'll see how this goes. Maybe Portland will see the influx of even more criminals and homeless people.

    San Francisco is littered with needles and human shit and tent camps, so maybe Portland can join it.

  3. Politics is never the answer. The net effect of this action is more government and less freedom. Further evidence that participating in politics is for liars and looters.

  4. So, if Ross set up shop in Oregon, he wouldn't be in jail? But, wait, as a FACILITATOR, shouldn't Zuck join him in the lockup?