Liberal State Governor Does 180 on Hard Drug Law Experiment

Oregon has reversed a controversial drug policy. Governor Tina Kotek signed a new law, responding to rising addiction and overdose deaths.

The law overturns Measure 110, which decriminalized small drug amounts. Voters initially supported Measure 110, but opinions shifted as drug issues worsened.

HB 4002 now makes possession a misdemeanor, with possible jail time. It allows for drug confiscation and promotes addiction treatment over criminal penalties.

This change is effective from September 1. Kotek emphasizes collaboration among law enforcement and health providers for success.

Oregon House Republican Leader Jeff Helfrich supports the move, highlighting it as a response to public demand. Rep. Tim Knopp calls it an end to a failed experiment, with more work ahead.

The law aims to tackle the drug crisis by combining law enforcement and health services. Critics say Measure 110's funding for addiction services was slow to materialize.

Fentanyl's impact has driven a reevaluation of drug policies. Portland officials declared a state of emergency due to the drug crisis.

The bill passed with bipartisan support, signaling a major shift. Portland faces a significant challenge with fentanyl, affecting public health and safety.

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