Oregon has become the first state to decriminalize the use and possession of all drugs — including meth, and heroin — and has also legalized therapeutic use psilocybin (aka mushrooms).
The newly-passed Ballot Measure 109,per the Associated Press, which will allow for the manufacturing and controlled use of psilocybin after receiving approximately 56 percent yes votes with an estimated 1.9 million votes having been counted.
Measure 110, which also passed, makes Oregon the first state to decriminalize all drugs.
“Passage of Measure 110 is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use,” Kassandra Frederiquem, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, said on Wednesday. “It shifts the focus where it belongs—on people and public health—and removes one of the most common justifications for law enforcement to harass, arrest, prosecute, incarcerate, and deport people. As we saw with the domino effect of marijuana legalization, we expect this victory to inspire other states to follow suit and enact their own decriminalization policies that prioritize health over punishment.”
Well…this will be a very interesting state to watch.