Hard Drugs To Be Decriminalized in Oregon

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Two bills approved by the Oregon House of Representatives are headed to the governor of Oregon that would lessen the severity of charges for possession of drugs and drug-related property crimes. Six hard drugs are a part of these bills including heroin, meth, cocaine, and ecstasy.

The first bill HB 2355 states that unlawful possession with will be charged only if “(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,” while the second, HB 3078, reduces property crimes involving drugs to misdemeanors.

This is fantastic progress in rolling back the War on Drugs that disproportionally affects minorities and has caused the prison population of the United States to be primarily drug offenders. Hopefully, Oregon’s example will push more states to decriminalize drugs with eventual legalization.

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Author: Luke Henderson

Since joining the Libertarian Party in 2016 (after discovering Gary Johnson as a disaffected Bernie Sanders supporter), Luke Henderson has been active in the liberty movement through journalism, and political activism. At the beginning of 2017, Luke had his first piece of writing published by Being Libertarian and quickly became a contributor to the libertarian news site, The Libertarian Vindicator. Through the Vindicator, Luke discovered his passion for addressing critics of the philosophy and bringing together different factions of liberty lovers which compelled him to become an editor for The Libertarian Coalition, a forum dedicated to an open-minded discussion of libertarian ideas from all walks. After many guest contributions to Being Libertarian, Luke was asked to join the website as a contributor, where he writes his column Scoring For Liberty, which discusses sports, politics, and economics from a libertarian lens, and his Educator series that seeks to strengthen libertarian’s understanding of educational techniques and policy to better arguments against public education. Luke is one of the District 1 Executive Committeemen for the Missouri Libertarian party, and the founder of the Missouri Chapter of the Libertarian Positivity Caucus. Outside of politics, Luke is a paraprofessional for the Special School District of St. Louis, a musician, composer, and a loving husband and father.

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