On election night, Oregon became the first state in the US to decriminalize small quantities of hard drugs. Drugs like methamphetamine, cocaine, and heroin, to name a few. 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.
Oregon voters also approved a measure making Oregon the first to also legalize the therapeutic use of psychedelic mushrooms. This measure only approves the use of psychedelics at licensed facilities for mental health purposes. Studies have shown that psilocybin could be used to treat major depressive disorders, according to the National Institutes of Health.
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Washington, D.C., approved the decriminalization of psychedelic mushrooms. The Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020 was passed on Nov. 3. Though not legal, it’s a toe-dip in the water of recreational drugs.
Voters in New Jersey and Arizona approved measures legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older. South Dakota also recently became the first state where voters authorized both:
- Recreational marijuana
- Medical marijuana
This happened between two separate initiatives in the same election. Additionally, recreational marijuana was approved by voters in Montana, and medical marijuana won approval in Mississippi.
There are certainly some skeptics out there that think this will surely open the doors to addiction. Particularly in young children and teens since these drugs will be more readily available.
Which was the same argument we saw when recreational marijuana became legal as well. Though no study has found any correlation between the legalization of marijuana and increased use rates in youth. It’s fair to point out though, that the use rates haven’t gone down much, either.
They’ve more or less remained steady over the last 20 years.