Washington Voters Could See Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Initiative On November Ballot

Washington Voters Could See Drug Decriminalization And Treatment Initiative On November Ballot

Activists in Washington State are working to place an initiative to decriminalize drug possession and expand access to treatment services on the November ballot. At a time when multiple drug policy reform campaigns in states across the country have suspended signature gathering amid the coronavirus outbreak, ACLU of Washington says they remain determined to qualify Initiative 1715, which would make possession of illegal substances for personal use a civil infraction that does not carry the threat of jail time. People who police encounter possessing illicit drugs would be referred to a mandatory service assessment under the proposal, with the intent being to have them screened for a substance use disorder within 72 hours of the citation. The measure—titled the Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Recovery and Education Act—would also provide a means for individuals previously convicted of drug offenses covered in the act to petition courts to have their records vacated. Fees associated with the citation would be waived upon completion of the service assessment. The new Treatment First Washington campaign is also hoping to expand the state’s drug treatment programs, and it plans to use some existing tax revenue from legal marijuana sales to accomplish that. A similar effort is underway in neighboring Oregon, where activists said last month that they’ve been forced to temporarily end in-person signature collection due to the pandemic. ACLU of Washington isn’t oblivious to the impact current social distancing measures could have on their prospects, but they’re hoping to dedicate all of June to signature…

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