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Kotek Signs Bill Recriminalizing Drug Use

(Salem, OR) -- Oregon Governor Tina Kotek has signed a bill passed by the legislature that recriminalizes possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. It reverses Ballot Measure 110 that voters approved. The new law creates a misdemeanor for drug possession with a possible six months in jail. It also allows counties to establish deflection programs to avoid fines, if the person completes addiction treatment. Critics are concerned about racial disparities of enforcement. Supporters say potential jail time is needed to encourage people to get treatment.

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