Oregon becomes first US state to decriminalize possession
There were (loads) of other ballots taking place alongside the US Presidential election last month, and Oregon approved a good one:
The Oregon drug initiative will allow people arrested with small amounts of hard drugs to avoid going to trial, and possible jail time, by paying a $100 fine and attending an addiction recovery program. The treatment centers will be funded by revenues from legalized marijuana, which was approved in Oregon several years ago.
“Today’s victory is a landmark declaration that the time has come to stop criminalizing people for drug use,” said Kassandra Frederique, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, which backed the measure.
Oregon voters also approved a measure making it the first state to legalize the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/nov/03/oregon-drugs-decriminalize-arizona-new-jersey-marijuana