Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and other drugs. While in New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana, and Arizona, voters decisively passed laws legalizing recreational marijuana. Cannabis is now legal across a large block of states in the West. According to Officials, the Oregon measure makes possession of small amounts of what have long been considered harder drugs a violation, similar to a traffic ticket, and no longer punishable by jail time. The law also funds drug addiction treatment from marijuana sales taxes. Separately, Oregon voters also legalized psilocybin, known as magic mushrooms, for people age 21 and older.

Thomas Fuller, Breaking News, World News & Multimedia, 11/03/2020 19:00:00

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