Could Canada Follow Oregon’s Lead on Drug Decriminalization?

Article by Sam Riches, Growth Op

World NewsNewsMedicalLifeLegalizationHealth Could Canada follow Oregon’s lead on drug decriminalization? University of Guelph professor calls the state’s drug reform measures “a monumental shift." Author of the article :Sam Riches Nearly 60 per cent of Oregon voters said ‘yes’ to Oregon Measure 110, the Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative. PHOTO BY ISTOCK / GETTY IMAGES PLUS

Oregon residents made history this week, with nearly 60 per cent of voters saying ‘yes’ to Oregon Measure 110, the Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative.

The measure reclassifies simple drug possession as a Class E violation. Rather than face jail time, individuals found in possession of Schedule I-IV drugs, including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine, will need to complete a health assessment and pay a US$100 fine.

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