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  A voter-approved law to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs and increase access to addiction treatment   All changes are now wrapped up in Senate Bill 755  


Story by Dirk VanderHart - Story Source
Published on Thursday April 15, 2021 - 7:06 AM

 
SALEM, Oregon - A voter-approved law to decriminalize small amounts of illicit drugs and increase access to addiction treatment would see substantive changes under a bill moving through the Oregon Legislature.

While the underpinnings of 2020's Ballot Measure 110 would remain intact, tweaks that have been hashed out in private workgroup meetings would modify the structure of state-funded treatment programs. They would also allow people ticketed for possessing small amounts of drugs to undergo a less rigorous screening process than envisioned in the measure in order to have the citation dropped in the courts.

Those changes are now wrapped up in Senate Bill 755, introduced this session in order to apply a legislative stamp to Measure 110. In a whirlwind hearing on Tuesday with legislative deadlines forcing quick action — the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Ballot Measure 110 Implementation passed an amendment package into the bill with little discussion before referring it to another committee.