What does it say about the culture of America and traditional American values if we decriminalize hard drugs like heroin, cocaine, and LSD?
“Oregon could become the first U.S. state to decriminalize possessing hard drugs like heroin, cocaine and LSD in a ballot measure during Tuesday’s election,” according to The Hill.
“If voters pass Measure 110, users found in low-level possession of the substances would have the option of paying $100 fines or attending new, free addiction recovery centers instead of being arrested and facing jail time, The Associated Press reported.
“The recovery centers would be funded by tax revenue from retail marijuana sales in the state, which was the country’s first to decriminalize marijuana possession…
“The ballot measure is backed by the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians…
“Measure 110 is also supported by the Democratic Party of Oregon and several human and civil rights organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union and NAACP Portland.
“It is opposed by two dozen district attorneys who argue the measure ‘recklessly decriminalizes possession of the most dangerous types of drugs (and) will lead to an increase in acceptability of dangerous drugs.’
“‘This is a terrible idea. It’s disconnected to what’s best for Oregonians. It will lead to increased crime and increased drug use,’ Washington County District Attorney Kevin Barton said.”
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