Oregon becomes the first state in the U.S. to decriminalize personal possession of all drugs. While other states like New Jersey and Arizona have just legalized marijuana for recreational use, and Washington D.C. allows for the consumption of mushrooms.
The move to decriminalize hard drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, and legalizing the consumption of mushrooms passed by two large margins on Tuesday. The decriminalization of these drugs will completely change how Oregon's justice system charges those found with personal-use amounts of hard drugs.
Instead of going to jail or going to court, a person found with hard drugs on their person will have the option of paying a $100 fine or attending new 'addiction recovery centers.' and the 'addiction recovery centers.' will be funded by millions of dollars of tax revenue from the legalized, regulated marijuana industry.
According to CBS News
"Today's victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use," said Kassandra Frederique, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which backed the measure.
Oregon voters also approved a measure making the state the first to legalize the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms.