Along with the usual votes for state representatives, senators, and of course, our Commander in Chief, Election Day also allows American citizens to voice their opinion on legislation and measures being proposed in the states. Mississippi, for instance, just voted on a new state flag design.
However, not all decisions are quite so docile.
Take the far western state of Oregon, for example. Here, voters just decided to decriminalize drugs entirely.
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And, no, I’m not just talking about marijuana. That specific drug has actually been legal in the progressive state for some time.
No, what I’m talking about are what are called hard drugs. These are drugs other than the ones typically used on a daily basis by Americans all over, you know, like caffeine, tobacco, and as I already mentioned, cannabis. These, while still classified as drugs, are regarded as relatively safe substances, in most cases, and, as such, have been legal in most states for quite some time.
On the other hand, hard drugs are found at the opposite end of the danger spectrum – substances like cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and other opioids. These drugs do far more than make a person feel jittery or calm. Instead, they are scientifically known to kill off brain cells, to weaken a person’s immune system, to cloud a person’s mind and judgment, and of course, cause severe addiction.
And yet, for all the danger they are known to cause, the good people of Oregon have all but made them legal.
According to The Oregonian, the new law, known as Measure 110, was passed on Election Day with a vote of 62.5 percent to 37.5 percent.
Now, the measure still notes that the drugs are harmful and frowns upon their use. But that’s about as far that the punishment for either possession or use goes.
The drugs’ small possessions are now decimalized entirely, and those caught will be given a non-criminal violation – basically a slap on the wrist. Not unlike a traffic violation, offenders will be given a ticket and a $100 fine or be screened for substance abuse disorder.
And for those caught with more massive amounts? Well, what used to be a felony charge will now be one for a mere misdemeanor, in most cases.
I know, you are completely baffled, right? Like me, you’re thinking how in the world does an entire state say it’s ok to use and sell drugs that can literally kill people and ruin lives?
Well, apparently, the state has had help. Big-time celebrities like John Legend have been pushing the idea for a while now. And liberal elites like Mark Zuckerberg have thrown vast amounts of money in the state’s direction to get it done. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that known anti-American investor and billionaire George Soros also backed the measure.
According to The Oregonian, supporters of the measure believe that it will help depopulate the state’s jails and prisons by giving non-violent crimes lesser punishment and treatment options, leaving more room for offenders who actually need to be incarcerated.
However, one aspect of the law does seem to point in that direction. In addition to making the drugs more legal, the measure would also funnel revenue earned from marijuana taxes to “Addiction Recovery Centers,” where treatments for frequent drug users are offered.
But the opposition isn’t convinced the measure will actually serve to help those who need treatment for the drugs. Instead, they fear it will only create more addicts, as people no longer face severe consequences for their crimes. Just because someone is caught with drugs and asked about their possible addictions doesn’t mean they will be given any real help or that more support will be available in the state even if it’s getting more money for such treatment.
As with the state’s recent move to do away with cash bail for suspected criminals, the measure essentially takes work from the courts and government leaders charged with such responsibilities. But it does little, if anything, to actually help people. It basically gives a massive green light to crime and drug use, with the only real punishment being a “let’s talk about your feelings” session.
And judging by the rising crime in states like Oregon and New York where no cash bail laws have been implemented, we can see how that’s working out. Suffice it say; it’s not.