My question is: is the act of "purchasing" these legal drugs still an offense? The measure says:
A "yes" vote supported making personal non-commercial possession of a controlled substance no more than a Class E violation (max fine of $100 fine) and establishing a drug addiction treatment and recovery program funded in part by the state's marijuana tax revenue and state prison savings.
It says "possession" is now a minor violation. But what if you get caught in the act of "purchasing" it? Is that still a crime? I couldn't find any mention of it.
Oregon did not pass the law to make the state a haven for drug users. It’s still illegal to purchase, carry, and consume illicit substances in the state of Oregon. Measure 110 will change the laws around the possession of decriminalized substances. Under the new law, carrying small amounts of any of these drugs is a civil violation that is punishable by a fine. Before, having any quantity of illicit drugs was a misdemeanor and was automatically punishable by jail time.
In addition, many of these substances are still illegal to posses under Federal Law, which means the DEA can still prosecute you for drug offenses even when Oregan does not. All that said, unless you are a major player in trafficking illegal drugs, you're likely not going to have to worry about Hank Schrader and pals knocking on your door. As with most crime in the U.S., the state is more likely to prosecute than the Federal Government.
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