Oregon Legislature Passes Bill To Decriminalize Cocaine, Meth, And Heroin

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by Carey Wedler via TheAntiMedia.org,

Oregon’s state legislature just reduced penalties for drug possession in a bill also intended to reduce racial profiling by law enforcement agencies.

H.B. 2355 passed both the House and Senate last week and reduces possession of illegal drugs to misdemeanors rather than felonies as long as the person in possession does not have prior drug convictions. According to a press release issued on July 7 by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, the bill provides for “the reduction of penalties for lower level drug offenders. The bill also reduces the maximum penalty for Class A misdemeanors by one day to avoid mandatory deportation for misdemeanants.”

According to the text of the bill, drugs like LSD, MDMA, cocaine, meth, oxycodone, and heroin are essentially decriminalized in small amounts. Each drug listed is accompanied by the following text, indicating possession is only a felony if:

“(a) The person possesses a usable quantity of the controlled substance and: (A) At the time of the possession, the person has a prior felony conviction; (B) At the time of the possession, the person has two or more prior convictions for unlawful possession of a usable quantity of a controlled substance.

The “misdemeanor” title applies for varying amounts of different drugs. For example, the maximum allowable amount of acid is up to “40 units,” while individuals may have up to five MDMA pills or less than one gram before their “offense” crosses the line into a felony. Less than two grams of cocaine constitutes a misdemeanor.

As Rep. Mitch Greenlick, a Democrat representing Portland, told Portland-based health outlet the Lund Report:

We’ve got to treat people, not put them in prison. It would be like putting them in the state penitentiary for having diabetes… This is a chronic brain disorder and it needs to be treated this way.”

 

When you put people in prison and given them a felony conviction, you make it very hard for them to succeed,” he added.

The bill also reduces probation periods for both felony and misdemeanor drug charges. According to the updated text of Section 19 of ORS 137.633:

(1) A person convicted of a felony or a designated drug-related misdemeanor and sentenced to probation or to the legal and physical custody of the supervisory authority under ORS 137.124 (2) is eligible for a reduction in the period of probation or local control post-prison supervision for complying with terms of probation or post-prison supervision, including the payment of restitution and participation in recidivism reduction programs”

 

The same bill also imposes guidelines and requirements to reduce government profiling based on an “individual’s real or perceived age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, religion, homelessness or disability, unless the agency or officer is acting on a suspect description or information related to an identified or suspected violation of a provision of law.”

The rules will apply to agencies such as state police, the Department of Justice, the Department of State, the District Attorney’s office, and even universities and tribal governments. Police will be required to have mechanisms in place for individuals to file complaints of racial profiling, and the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training will be required to develop an educational program to reduce the practice.

According to a press release from Rosenblum’s office, the bill will “provide new levels of transparency in policing in Oregon. The law would result in the creation of a statewide system for the collection by law enforcement of pedestrian and traffic stop data. It would improve accountability by requiring this data to be analyzed and made available by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission.”

The same press release, which was issued after H.B. 2355 passed the House and before it passed the Senate, appears to clarify why the drug penalty reductions and crackdowns on profiling are included in the same legislation:

[The bill] would also reduce drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor for those individuals in possession of small amounts of drugs who do not have substantial criminal histories. Oregon-based data provided to the task force demonstrated disparities that result in more minorities convicted and sentenced to drug-related felonies solely because of their racial or ethnic status. The bill will also protect lawful immigrants from facing mandatory deportation for low-level, non-violent offenses.”

Rosenblum praised the bill’s passage:

This legislation, intended to implement the 2015 law prohibiting police profiling, is the culmination of a nearly two year process,” she said.

 

Our Task Force traveled throughout the state listening to Oregonians sharing their experiences with profiling. The stories we heard were profoundly important and deeply impactful. Our law enforcement partners deserve special recognition for their willingness to come to the table on this crucial issue. I am particularly proud of the consensus of our broad-based group on all the critical issues that resulted in our bill.

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Crypto Kevin's picture

Let them all o.d. No more drug addicts and no more crime.

Killtruck's picture

YESSS!! Legalize freedom!

A future shaped by consequence! 

Looney's picture

 

Why is there a penny next to cocaine? It’s unsafe – someone can snort it (the penny).  ;-)

Looney

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

AWESOME! Crack-heads: Oregon is calling you.

Time to set up one way charter bus services from inner cities to Oregon.

See ya!

The_Juggernaut's picture

Oh great. Nothing like a nice bump of speed when you need it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-01-06/hedgelesshorsemans-revolutionar...

4.  Read, Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

 

"I don't understand anything," she said with decision, determined to preserve her incomprehension intact. "Nothing. Least of all," she continued in another tone "why you don't take soma when you have these dreadful ideas of yours. You'd forget all about them. And instead of feeling miserable, you'd be jolly. So jolly,"

The CIA and your elected representatives approve of this bill!

 

 

Look at that American-enabled growth of the largest opium crop in the world! 

Try to ignore 2001, when the Taliban were in control, along with the epidemic of heroin abuse in the USA.

 

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-24/nobody-ready-willing-or-able-as...

 

5)  The invasion and ongoing 14-year occupation of Afghanistan represents the longest war in American history. Explain your personal understanding of why, exactly, US soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen are still killing Afghani men, women, and children in their homes, schools, fields, shops, and hospitals? 

Pollygotacracker's picture

It is only by the grace of God that it is not you. 

ACP's picture

Oregon trying to out-California itself.

Profiling database to prevent arrest of non-whites to draw as many as humanly possible to the state to guarantee the farthest far left democrats get voted into office, and keep them hooked so they'll keep them in office. Genius.

Next stop, opium dens.

wildbad's picture

i've been a proponent of this idea since the '70s

now we will see how screwed up i am.

or not

froze25's picture

Unless its full legalization then the crime linked with illegal drugs will continue. People will continue to use drugs illegal or not. But keeping them illegal gives a huge revenue stream to the worst people of this world.

Bigern's picture

Yes, however, drug cartels are not going to fold up and start farming maize. They will re-engineer themselves into full-blown human trafficking, child prostitution, pornography, "terrorism" and hit/merc outfits to the highest bidder; serving the worst of the worst.

Legalization of drugs will not end the problem of spreading violence at the doorstep. It takes a group of rough men to rough up the other group enough that they beg for mercy, and mean it; lest the "roughing up" become an extension of life while strapped to a table.

Conscious Reviver's picture

Focus on the source. "Rough men" trying to tackle secondary effects will not ruffle the PTB.

cornflakesdisease's picture

It will be all fun when your kid is all murdered for $20 by some crack head desperate for a fix.

CPL's picture

California moved into Oregon and chased all the locals into Idaho in the 90's.

FGH's picture

Remember the slogan from that era "Don't Californicate Oregon"? Didn't work out so well...

espirit's picture

It's sad that some will lose their children to this.

Other deadbeats can fertilize the gardens.

Advoc8tr's picture

No the children will be returned home for treatment (hopefully) by the family rather than being incarcerated at your cost while simultaneously assuring another broken life. Prison teaches and entrenches a life of crime and violence.

The world is overpopulated ... natural selection is the only fair way to reduce so why are you do gooders always trying to prevent people from realizing the natural consequences of their behaviour .. against their will !

Addiction is a gentic predisposition so again allowed to run the course it will ultimately improve the gene pool if you can just bring yourself to leave others be unless they are directly threatening you.

There is no rational or philosophically sound argument to support the forced restriction of personal drug use. It always eminates from religious texts or totalitarian minded people ... never from reasoned, thoughtful consideration of the issue.

asteroids's picture

No, next stop is state funded injection centers. A "safe" place for dealers to sell dope to junkies. Nurses standing by when they OD steps away from the marketplace. Insanity.

Miner's picture

Asteroids: A better solution would be for the state to give the drugs away for free and put the dealers out of business.  The money pool dries up and you cut off the cartels power at the roots.

Bonus:
Without dealers pushing it, the number of new users plummets.
The state provided drugs are clean so you don't have as many ODs.
You have a path to reach users to provide them treatment when they decide they want it.

Sometimes knee-jerk answers can be wrong, and there is nothing wrong with admitting that.

 

Hector the Beagle's picture

fuck giving the state more power and a ready made database of anyone who wants a little dabble once in a while (for them to inevitably leverage against the populous in due course)

 

just make it all legal, let independent enterprise fill the gap. regulate those enterprises to ensure quality etc but dont centralise this too. befor long they'll be putting it in our water to keep us all docile

 

 

cornflakesdisease's picture

Yet, none of this has happened in Toronto.  In fact, things have gotten worse and so have the costs.

 

Destory the cartels?  This could be done tommorrow by simply giving people two weeks to turn in all their $100 bills before they become null and void.  Criminals would have no real way to wash their cash and exchange them.  Thus, they'd go broke very fast.

two hoots's picture

Oregon is the test bed of unaccountable, irresponsible freedom.   What happens to societies when there are no wrong rights?  Anthropologists should set some early benchmarks. 

truthseeker47's picture

It has already been tested in Holland, Portugal and other countries.

https://www.thefix.com/content/decrim-nation-portugal-ten-years-later

Drug "warriors" are disappointed, the results are not what they expected.  The pushers don't like it either; very bad for their business.

mccvilb's picture

You are not wrong. But seriously, a misdemeanor? If Oregoonians chose to legalize drugs that would remove the profit motive for the dealers, the CIA and the private prison system. Yah, maybe in another life it might happen... 

dark_matter's picture

FWIW Oregon has not privatized its prison system. They also don't send their prisoners to other states.

 

Zarbo's picture

Already had them in the tall masted schooner days.  That and real "shanghai" activity.

Lucretius's picture

" It is only by the grace of God that it is not you. "

that and a rational, functional brain!

shovelhead's picture

She must have missed grace at dinner...

All Risk No Reward's picture

>>H.B. 2355 passed both the House and Senate last week and reduces possession of illegal drugs to misdemeanors rather than felonies as long as the person in possession does not have prior drug convictions<<

I don't think "decriminalization" means what the author and the Zerohedge editors think it means.

The Mega-Banks launder billions of money and have to exert control over the Mega-Drug cartels that the U.S. government arms via Fast and Furious (Obama) and Operation Gun Walker (Bush). Continuity of agenda...

How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico's murderous drug gangshttps://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/apr/03/us-bank-mexico-drug-gangs

It is Opium Wars 2.0. WHO was responsible for Opium Wars 1.0? Start there.

clade7's picture

The Parents of these pathetic souls have to clean up the wreckage!...I'd like to see 'killing and robbing drug dealers' legalized, open season!...Just so I can maybe break even or at least save some other poor bastard the trouble and heartache.....

 

Having a kid hooked on this easy to get shit can destroy a solid upright and law abiding Family, I dont care who you are...if you got a kid who gets hooked on this shit, you may as well just sell everything you have and move...No other options available for Parents at this juncture...dont even talk about 'treatment'...You ever have a kid hooked on H, you just better offload gear and run...sorry...,

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Oregon Legislature Passes Bill To Decriminalize Cocaine, Meth, And Heroin

My response: When a culture reaches the end of the line, we see these kinds of things. Truly sad and heart breaking to see the picture of this young girl.

Unfortunately, all this legislation is going to do is encourage the criminal element in that state. We  are now seeing "IN YOUR FACE" TYRANNICAL LAWLESSNESS.

It will turn out to be a CURSE of epic proportions that will enslave the sheeple.

TheObsoleteMan's picture

That is not true. Multiple Scoliosis is a "by the grace of God" type disease. Drug addiction is a choice. Narcan is the worse thing that could have happened to junkies. ODs and deaths have soared since it became available because junkies no longer believe they will die when they OD. They think the paramedics will always be there to rescue them. Sad to say, there is a junkie in my family {niece}. She has lost all humanity. Her death will be a relief to both herself and the rest of us when it happens, and it will happen. Believe me, there is such a thing as a hopeless addict, because I have seen one {although not recently because I avoid this person like the plague}.

JoeSoMD's picture

First responders don't carry enough Narcan to deal with the synthetic opiod fentanyl.  And the synthetic is cheap as shit.  Comes from China I read.

W270's picture

Tragic not pathetic.  As for her symptoms of being an addict such as her sores,  I think this speaks more to her being dead spiritually than being pathetic.

As for you describing her in such vulgar terms I would say your insimilar territory of your description Pathetic.  I would prefer to share company with her than you.  She can be helped whereas you can't.

dirty fingernails's picture

Yep, its often overlooked that whats truely at fault is that our culture and society are sick. Addiction is a symptom. The Drs and big Phara sure did their part in creating the opioid problem.

gaoptimize's picture

I could have loved her and she probably wouldn't have come to that.  She's one of the dark haired fair skinned Irish women who generally deeply love their children and don't get rattled by the chaos of lots of them.  I wish I could have been there for her, and she for me.  I had a chance at one in highschool, and blew it, not knowing what I know now about the treasures they are.

blueRidgeBoy's picture

dude, it's a little creepy to come to ZH and fantasize about pictures of heroin addicts. You might want to keep those thoughts to yourself.

gaoptimize's picture

It's her before addiction that I'm thinking about, not fantasizing.

yomutti2's picture

Yeah, that was a really fucking strange interlude. On top of that, I have never once seen a person "saved" by being loved. You either choose to be a worthless fuck-up or you don't. Nobody else can do a damned thing about it.

 

Bigern's picture

Every person is loved by Christ. Many aren't saved because they fail to accept that love; because it does not fit their convenience.

Also, we never know the state of any person's salvation. That addict may be in the book of life, while those around the campfire continue to count her out. The accuser of the brethren never sleeps. Christ is the only cure.

yomutti2's picture

 

Yeah, I once heard guy claim exactly the same thing about Hare Krishna.

 

TheObsoleteMan's picture

These idiots remind me of "Captain Save a Hoe". They have no fucking idea what they are talking about. These people {junkies} are like a hybrid of a vampire and a zombie, they will suck the life right out of your body, and when you have nothing left to give, they are on to the next fool. My niece is a junkie. She has been dying a slow death for years; multiple ODs and is suffering from multiple organ failure at the ripe old age of 34. She could be dead tomorrow. I have watched her use up family member after family member, they are nothing to her but a means to an end {get her next high}. Her four children have been in foster care for most of their lives. None have the same dad. She has never been married {except to drugs that is}. She constantly steals and schemes. Sad to say, but she died a long time ago, they just haven't buried her yet. My sister once had a comfortable retirement. No more. Her creature has sucked her dry of everything. What she couldn't con her out of, she stole. No remorse. Kind of reminds me of the character "Frank" in the Hellraiser 2 movie. Stop glorifying junkies, they aren't worth it. had my niece died several years ago, my sister might have still had a home {she lost a paid for home in foreclosure on loans made to pay bail bondsmen, attorneys, drug dealers doing "drive-byes" on her house because they hadn't been paid and to clinics for repeated failed rehab attempts that were court ordered}. When they got around to asking me I cut her off short with a "don't ask me and I won't have to say no" response. Sounds cruel, but I have seen enough of this shit to know better than get sucked into it. It is like the vortex created by the sinking Titanic. Swim away from it as fast as you can, not toward it, or you will be taken down with it. That is what junkies do.

earleflorida's picture

thank you for sharing.

truly heartbreaking...

take care.

WaterWings's picture

This is one of the most sincere and beautiful thoughts I have read in a long while. Merci.

Hide and Watch's picture

Thanks gaoptimize. I needed that. I see these people nearly everyday in the City of Man. It is easier to look past them than to see their humanity.