Backers put millions behind nation’s first bid to decriminalize some street drugs | elections

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Oregonians will decide whether to decriminalize drugs like heroin and methamphetamine as part of a ballot measure that also would redirect millions in marijuana tax revenue to substance abuse screening and programs to address addiction.

If voters pass it Nov. 3, Oregon would be the only state to decriminalize possession of small quantities of street drugs other than marijuana.

Due to huge contributions from national reformers, Measure 110 supporters have far more money than opponents do. Many addiction specialists and criminal justice change agents advocate for its groundbreaking effort to move people out of jail and into treatment.

A state analysis concluded that the law would particularly help Black people, who are disproportionately convicted of drug…

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