Oregon Activists Collect Enough Signatures For Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Measure

Oregon Activists Collect Enough Signatures For Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Measure

Activists in Oregon have collected more than the required raw number of signatures to qualify a historic initiative to decriminalize drug possession and increase access to treatment for the state’s November ballot. While they must still be validated, the campaign announced on Thursday that it has gathered 125,000 signatures—more than 10,000 over the required total to make the ballot. Organizers will keep collecting signatures, however, to ensure that they turn in more than enough to qualify in case some are deemed invalid. “We’re thrilled to see such a positive response from the community,” Anthony Johnson, a chief petitioner with the campaign, told Marijuana Moment. “Oregonians know that the current system is failing them, and they’re ready for a better approach. We’re happy to have exceeded the number of signatures required, but we’re also not taking any votes for granted. That’s why we’ll continue collecting signatures to make sure we’re well within a safe margin for verification.” The initiative, which is backed by the national organization Drug Policy Action and other reform groups, would make it so low-level possession of currently illicit drugs would be considered a civil infraction punishable by a maximum $100 fine and no jail time. The fine could be waived if the individual completes a health assessment at a substance misuse recovery center. A licensed health professional would conduct the screening. Reform advocates have stressed that the measure’s primary goal is to treat addiction like a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice problem. Enhancing access…

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