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Oregon Bill Lowers Penalties for All Drugs, and for a Noble Reason

CULTURE MAGAZINE Oregon legislature recently passed a  bill that significantly reduces penalties for possession of illicit drugs including heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. The Oregon House passed the House Bill 2355 with a vote of 36-23... Read more

Oregon Moves to Defelonize Drug Possession

SPLINTER As Attorney General Jeff Sessions ramps up the War on Drugs, Oregon will join approximately 16 states in decriminalizing possession of illicit drugs (besides cannabis, which is already legal). Read more

Oregon to Make Heroin and Coke Possession a Misdemeanor

VICE NEWS If Governor Kate Brown signs the approved bill into law, it would give first-time offenders with small amounts of drugs less jail time and lower fines. Read more

What Went Right in Salem

PORTLAND MERCURY Plenty of people limped away from this year’s regular legislative session feeling bitter. Tenants’ rights advocates saw their bid for rent control perish. Public-sector unions failed to win higher taxes on corporations. And air quality advocates lost a... Read more

Oregon Legislature Just Voted To Defelonize All Drugs

HERB MAGAZINE It’s unprecedented. Oregon is moving towards becoming the first state to decriminalize personal use amounts of such drugs as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and ecstasy (MDMA). Another bill would lower the penalty for some... Read more

Lawmakers make strides for transparency, equity

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP You can't end bigotry and bias with the stroke of a pen, but Oregon lawmakers made strides to combat discrimination in several different ways.   Read more

Oregon to Reduce Heroin, Meth, Other Hard Drug Possession Convictions

THE WASHINGTON FREE BEACON A new bill sitting on Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's (D.) desk would reduce convictions for first-time possession of heroin, cocaine, and meth, among other drugs. Read more

Oregon bill defelonizes possession of heroin, cocaine and other drugs

WASHINGTON POST First-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face less jail time and smaller fines under a new bill approved by the Oregon legislature that aims... Read more

Oregon Legislature adjourns contentious 2017 session

KTVZ The Oregon Legislature has adjourned the 2017 session that saw the passage of record funding for schools, a long-term transportation package, gun restrictions, cost-free abortions and health care funding for Medicaid and undocumented immigrants.... Read more

Racial profiling, drug sentencing bill clears Oregon Legislature

SALEM STATESMAN-JOURNAL A bill designed to tackle racial profiling by law enforcement and keep drug addicts out of jail passed by bipartisan vote Thursday in the Oregon Senate and heads to Gov. Kate Brown for her expected... Read more