Hard drugs now legalised in the state of Oregon

News 06/11/2020

Oregon is officially the first US state to legalise possession of hard drugs, including psychadelic mushrooms, heroin, and cocaine.

People who posses larger quantities of illicit drugs could still face misdemeanor charges and felony charges would apply to people who are alleged to posses enough drugs to sell. 

People with small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstacy, LSD, psilocybin, methadone and oxycodone will get a ticket and face a $US100 ($NZ149) fine or have the option of being screened for a substance abuse disorder.

Violations of Oregon's current state law against the possession of drugs carry a maximum penalty of a $US6250 fine and up to twelve months in jail.

This new state law has been officially named 'Measure 110' and will be effective from 1 February 2021.

Measure 110 will also allow funding for addiction treatment, health assessments and other services for people with addiction issues.

The measure will funnell millions of marijuana tax revenue toward recovery centers where people would be screened and directed to options for treatment. The tax money will also go to a Drug Treatment and Recovery Services Fund overseen by the state that would potentially be used for housing and other programmes designed to address drug addiction.