Oregon’s heavy drug decriminalization law goes into effect

A law decriminalizing possession of small amounts of hard drugs went into effect in the U.S. state of Oregon on Feb. 1, CNN reported.

Since this day, possession of drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine will no longer be punishable by imprisonment in the state, and will be equal to a fine for a traffic violation.

The initiative was approved by a majority of state residents in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election. Fifty-five.8 percent of residents voted for its passage.

“This law is designed to protect people from being harassed, harassed and criminalized by the state for using drugs and instead give them access to the support they need,” said Cassandra Frederike, executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance.

At the same time, it is noted that possession of more hard drugs could result in criminal penalties.

On Dec. 4, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to legalize marijuana nationwide and expunge the criminal records of citizens convicted of crimes related to the possession and sale of the drug.

In the U.S., marijuana legalization at the local level is well underway, with 38 states allowing medical marijuana, with 15 of those states fully legalizing it. However, federal laws still prohibit marijuana.

Shortly before the U.S. presidential election, Democratic candidate Joe Biden did not rule out the widespread legalization of marijuana in the country if he is elected.