Hey, how about a positive story about politics for once? The bad news is that this hasn’t officially happened yet, but the prospects look good at this point. Every story I read about this had a headline about removing the felony status of opioids (because obviously), but I noticed the fun fine print. Psychedelics got thrown in there as well. From Vice:
“In 2016, Oregon had the second-highest rate of opioid abuse in the country. And last week, lawmakers there decided they weren’t going to try to arrest their way out of the epidemic.
On July 6, the state legislature approved House Bill 2355, which makes possession of small amounts of heroin, meth, cocaine, acid, mushrooms, peyote, and other drugs a misdemeanor as opposed to a felony for first-time offenders. The bill would also aim to get people into drug treatment before being sent to prison.
“We are tying to move policy towards treatment rather than prison beds,” state senator Jackie Winters, a Republican, told the Washington Post. “We can’t continue on the path of building more prisons when often the underlying root cause of the crime is substance use.”
Should the bill be signed into law, the amount of each substance one can possess without being charged with a felony varies—it’s up to 60 grams of mushrooms, and up to 200 “units” of acid, for instance. A person caught with heroin would only be charged with a misdemeanor, so long as they were holding less than five grams, and they didn’t have an extensive criminal history.”
No shit. 200 hits of acid or 60 grams of mushrooms are going to be a small fine as long as you’re a first time offender. The governor just needs to sign this thing and it’s gold. Don’t fuck this up lady.
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