The Oregon state decriminalized all drugs, people can’t be arrested or imprisoned for having small amounts


Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize all . Passing Measure 110 means Oregon residents no longer can be arrested or imprisoned for possessing small amounts of substances such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine or LSD. At the same time, that doesn’t mean the are legal but reduces the offense to a noncriminal offense and a maximum fine of $100 and mandates establishing an addiction treatment program. More, the measure is not a law, meaning a council needs to figure out the details before it’s implemented. However, it is especially important given the racial disparities often seen among those arrested for drug possession.


“Oregon has been on the vanguard of reform for decades and will be closely watched as a model for other states,” Leo Beletsky, a professor of law and health sciences at Northeastern University told media. The latest in that legalization wave are Arizona, Montana, New Jersey and South Dakota, where voters approved measures to legalize recreational marijuana, and Mississippi, where voters approved a measure to legalize medical marijuana.