• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

Oregon Decrim 2021 – 2 Minute Summary


 

In November 2020 Oregon voters passed a comprehensive, drug decrim initiative 59 to 41 % for personal amounts* hard drugs, over stiff opposition from the police organization, the prosecutor’s association and the Drug Treatment Industry. Decrim signals an end to our 50 year running War on Drugs – War on the American People.   Oregon voters were able to look at the Portugal experience as a guide for both ‘how to’ and the 19-year running positive results. Implementation is Feb 2021.

 

Immediate Advantages:

 

  1. Improve police-community relations by reducing arrests and friction with citizens
  2. Reduce criminal justice costs (police, prosecutor, jail, police lab time and probation) – Focus on serious, public-safety related crimes
  3. Remove the down-stream problems generated by a criminal arrest – employment, etc
  4. Enables the community to deal with drug use/abuse issues in a medical setting

 

*personal amount (example 2 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of heroin. 2 g of meth)

 

Scenario:  officer finds a citizen with personal amount of an illegal drug.  Officer seizes the drug and eventually puts it in the evidence room (later destroyed).  The officer gives the person a ticket.  The citizen can either pay a civil $100 fine or can go to a ‘Health Assessment Committee’ which would determine if the person needed treatment or not.  If treatment is recommended, the citizen is given the info of where to seek treatment.

 

Major funding for the Assessment Comm. will come thru marijuana sales taxes.

 

This will have no impact on drug smuggling nor sales.  No impact on drug availability.

Portugal has experienced no permanent increase in drug use/abuse… Treatment numbers are way up.

Factoid:  1.4 million arrested in USA in 2018 for simple possession (half for marijuana, half for hard drugs).  Roughly, 10 searches are needed to find one baggie of illegal drugs.

Not every user is an abuser

 

Supporting Information:

Since legalization in Colorado, the vehicle search rate of African American drivers 21 and over dropped by nearly half, while the search rate of Hispanic drivers fell by 58 percent. White drivers faced almost two-thirds fewer searches after recreational marijuana was legalized. http://www.businessinsider.com/police-are-searching-far-fewer-cars-in-states-that-have-legalized-marijuana-2017-6

 

This change is helping police/community relations…we strongly believe Oregon police will search fewer vehicle going forward

 

Q:   Will this increase illegal drug use and abuse?

  1. Per medical experts in the area of drug use and addiction, criminal penalties for drug use consistently rank very, very low, as a reason to use or not use illegal drugs.

Howard

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