Oregon Voters to Decide if Heroin, Coke Possession “Legal”
Reportedly, this idea is supported by a number of physician and nurses unions.
If a person is caught with coke or heroin, they could either pay a $100 fine or enter a state-run free addiction recovery center. Those would be paid for by tax dollars from marijuana sales.
Supposedly this Measure is supported by the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians.
Oregon Criminal Justice Commission officials say if this passes, criminal convictions for possession of a controlled substance would drop by just over 90 percent. Supporters claim police resources could then be used for missing children, unsolved and other murder cases, and violent crime.
The measure is also supported by the Oregon Democratic Party, the ACLU, and the NAACP. Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber who is also a former Oregon ER physician urged voters to reject the measure. He says it doesn't address the underlying issues of what leads to drug addiction and issues in the first place.