At current, our nation is still very much stuck in the quicksand of the 2020 presidential race, with very little attention being give to down-ballot measures and decisions that varied wildly from state to state.
As it stands at the time of this writing, there is still no clear winner in the race for the White House, and there may not be for some time. On Wednesday afternoon, it looked as though Joe Biden was beginning to cut off some of President Trump’s paths to victory, but anything could still happen.
But there were plenty of places in this country where politicians weren’t the only thing on the ballot, and some of the initiatives up for vote were extremely wild.
Oregon made history Tuesday in the movement to reconsider the nation’s war on drugs by becoming the first state to decriminalize small amounts of heroin and other street drugs.
Voters overwhelmingly supported Measure 110, a coup for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance, the same criminal justice reform group that backed Oregon’s successful marijuana legalization effort in 2014.
The vote was overwhelming, with 59% in favor of the measure.
Peter Zuckerman, campaign manager for Measure 110, called the win “a big step forward.”
“Today is a huge day of celebration but the work is not over and we have a lot more work to do to win a better system for everybody,” he said.
The new law would drastically alter the way police interact with drug offenders.
It reduces misdemeanor drug possession to a non–criminal violation on par with a traffic offense. People with small amounts of drugs including heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD, psilocybin, methadone and oxycodone will get a ticket and face a $100 fine or have the option of being screened for a substance abuse disorder.
Those fines would become part of a broader fiscal initiative to fund treatment centers and housing for this affected by addiction.