Oregon Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Campaign Impacted By Coronavirus

Oregon Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Campaign Impacted By Coronavirus

Another drug policy reform campaign has suspended signature gathering amid the coronavirus. This time, Oregon activists hoping to put a drug decriminalization and substance misuse treatment initiative on the state’s November ballot announced that they have ended in-person signature collections for the time being. But the campaign stressed there are other means for supportive voters to help qualify the measure. The Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act places an emphasis on expanding drug treatment programs through the use of funds derived from existing marijuana tax revenues. At the same time, it would promote treating drug addiction as a health issue by decriminalizing illegal substances. Low-level possession would instead be considered a civil infraction punishable by a maximum $100 fine and no jail time. Since signatures can’t be collected in person, the campaign is urging residents to visit their website, enter their contact information, download the petition and mail it back. “The good news is that we are already very close,” the group said in an email to supporters on Thursday. “The response from Oregonians has been overwhelmingly positive. But because of the coronavirus, we had to stop collecting signatures in public and on the doorstep.” While the suspension is the “right thing to do,” advocates said they still “need to gather 8,000 more signatures by other means.” “It has been part of our campaign strategy all along to move to digital signature gathering at some point. COVID just accelerated that transition,” Devon Downeysmith, communications director for the campaign, told Marijuana…

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