The state of Oregon in the U.S has recently passed one of the most progressive bills yet. Oregon is known for their positive and progressive outlooks on drug related bills as they were one of the first states to legalize marijuana. They have also just passed a bill to decriminalize the possession of up to six different drugs; MDMA, cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and more.
This means that first time offenders will serve less jail time and smaller fines under the new bill. It “reclassifies possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor”. Oregon lawmakers are hoping that this will encourage drug users “to seek help rather than filling up the state’s prisons as an epidemic of abuse spreads.”
“We are tying to move policy towards treatment rather than prison beds,” said state Sen. Jackie Winters. “We can’t continue on the path of building more prisons when often the underlying root cause of the crime is substance use.”
Big up to Oregon for taking a massive step in the right direction and hopefully other states / countries will follow.
Check out this video explaining how Portugal decriminalizing all drugs greatly helped the government’s war on drugs.