There are some substances that you do have to have some kind of discussion on about whether or not they should be legalized. The pot debate is definite proof of that because scientists and doctors all over the world have shown that there are some benefits when used in very controlled doses.
That being said, there are certain drugs that have no place because there is no out and out benefit to them. When was the last time you heard about someone’s terrible illness being cured on account of shooting up heroin?
This is a topic that people have a lot of mixed feelings on. While we all agree that being addicted to drugs is bad, how we deal with addicts has been the subject of much debate over the years.
Our current system has left the prisons filled with non violent offenders, but making everything legal could also have terrible consequences.
Now Oregon is taking the issues to the voters…
Measure 110, the “Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative”, would decriminalize the possession of the following:
-less than one gram of heroine or methamphetamine
-two grams of cocaine
-12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms
-one gram or five pills of MDMA
Currently, possession of these drugs in any amount is considered a Class A misdemeanor and carries with it a one-year prison sentence and a $6,250.00 fine.
The measure would establish new treatment centers funded by revenue from the taxes collected by the state on marijuana sales as well as the state prison savings.
If passed, Oregon would be the first state in the nation to decriminalize these drugs.
Proponents argue that this measure would allow for drug addicts to receive treatments and recover from their addiction, rather than be faced with heavy fines and prison time.
Opponents counter that legalizing these drugs will lead to a greater acceptance of drug use, which leads to more crime.
The measure is supported by the Democratic Party of Oregon, the Working Families Party of Oregon, as well as other progressive organizations like the ACLU, NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, and Planned Parenthood Advocates for Oregon.