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FAILED EXPERIMENT: Liberals in Oregon Reverse Course, Recriminalize Hard Drugs After Overdoses Skyrocket

posted by Hannity Staff - 4.02.24

Liberal lawmakers in Oregon are ready to admit they were wrong for decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of certain hard drugs; a new bill will be signed by Governor Tina Kotek reversing the deadly decision after overdoses skyrocketed.

From Fox News:

Around 58% of Oregon residents approved the initial measure but since then, addiction and overdose deaths have skyrocketed in Oregon and nationwide as fentanyl swept across the country. In August, 56% of Oregonians said they disapproved of the pioneering drug law and both Republicans and Democrats introduced legislation to roll back the controversial measure.

The new law, HB 4002, makes so-called personal use possession a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. It enables police to confiscate the drugs and crack down on their use on sidewalks and in parks. It also establishes ways for treatment to be offered as an alternative to criminal penalties by encouraging law enforcement agencies to create deflection programs that would divert people to addiction and mental health services instead of the criminal justice system.

The changes take effect Sept. 1.

In a signing letter, Kotek said the law’s success will depend on “deep coordination” between courts, police, prosecutors, defense attorneys and local mental health providers, describing them as “necessary partners to achieve the vision for this legislation.

Oregon House Republican Leader Jeff Helfrich said he supported the governor’s decision and said it was a crucial first step toward addressing the ongoing drug crisis in the state.

“Republicans stood united and forced Democrats to do what Oregonians demanded: recriminalize drugs,” Helfrich said, according to KEZI.

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