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Despite the vigorous debate about Measure 110 on the Nov. 3 ballot, supporters and opponents do agree on a couple of main points.

They agree that treatment and recovery are preferable to arrest and imprisonment for drug users. They agree that more money should be available for expanded services.

But they disagree about whether Measure 110 moves Oregon toward those goals.

The proposed law would greatly reduce the penalties for possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. Instead of potential maximum fines between $1,250 and $6,250 — and maximum jail time between 30 days and one year — the law would make possession a new violation comparable to a traffic ticket and punishable by a fine of $100. That fine would be waived if the offender completes a health…

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