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Oregon became the first state to decriminalize the possession of coke, heroin, LSD, and a variety of narcotics formerly considered felony issues. Some area calling it a social experiment.

In a nutshell, it allows a person who is found to be in possession of such drugs to either pay a $100 fine (apparently a Class E felony charge, according to the actual language of bill) or enter a state run-approved rehab program.

These programs will be funded in part or all from revenue from sales of marijuana.

That having been said, the definition of possession is very grey. There don't appear to be a specific list of amounts of the drugs that constitute possession, although there's some mention of "units" or what's called "useable" amounts of drugs.

Some reports referred to what's called "personal use" amounts of drugs.

How did Oregon vote? According to Oregon election results:

  • Statewide, it passed 58-41 percent
  • The following Eastern or East-Central Oregon counties rejected it by at least a 60-39 margin (some 63 pecent)  Baker, Douglas, Grant, Malhuer, Morrow.  Umatilla did as well, but 55-44 percent.
  • Multnomah County, where Portland is located, passed it roughly 75-25.

It will go into effect February 1st, 2021.