Lawmakers in Oregon Pass Bill Reducing Penalties for Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth Possession

Oregon’s legislature reduced penalties for drug possession in a new bill with the stated goal of hoping to reduce radical profiling by law enforcement agencies.

The bill, H. B. 2355, was able to pass the House and Senate and reduces drug possession charges of illegal drugs to misdemeanors, as opposed to felonies so long as the individual in question does not have any prior drug convictions.

A press release from Oregon’s AG Ellen Rosenblum states the following regarding the bill:

Profiling (HB 2355): Implements 2015 law enforcement anti-profiling laws, and provides new levels of transparency in policing in Oregon by creating a system for gathering information about pedestrian and traffic stops, providing all police officers with the training necessary to prevent profiling behaviors, and the reduction of penalties for lower level drug offenders. The bill also reduces the maximum penalty for Class A misdemeanors by one day to avoid mandatory deportation for misdemeanants.

In small amounts, drugs ranging from cocaine and meth, to LSD, MDMA, heroin, and oxycodone. The stipulation regarding what warrants a felony in terms of drug possession is detailed as follows:

“(a) The person possesses a usable quantity of the controlled substance and: (A) At the time of the possession, the person has a prior felony conviction; (B) At the time of the possession, the person has two or more prior convictions for unlawful possession of a usable quantity of a controlled substance.”

Liberal states and cities are attempting with all their might to welcome and assist in degeneracy and the decay of society by effectively decriminalizing some of the most dangerous substances available.

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