Q: What are the arguments against Oregon Ballot Measure 110?
- It doesn’t bring in any new revenue to fund addiction services, rather it just takes money away from funds that would otherwise have gone to schools, A&D prevention, addiction & mental health services, and law enforcement.
- It will reduce youth alcohol drug prevention. A&D prevention is grossly underfunded in Oregon. This measure will reduce youth prevention funding.
- It reduces PCS sanctions on minors: minors in possession of (heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA, LSD, psilocybin, methadone, and oxycodone) will receive a citation up to a $100 fine, and it is unclear if their parents will be notified.
- It sanctions on minors for harder drugs will be lower than those for alcohol & marijuana: the sanction for hard drugs will be a $100 citation, whereas the sanctions for alcohol and marijuana are a minimum $265 fine.
- It reduces criminal justice interventions and referrals for adolescents to treatment: mandated referrals to treatment include PCS possession of a controlled substance. Without these sanctions, fewer minors and young adults will engage in treatment.
- The 16 “Addiction Recovery Centers” are 24/7 assessment centers and are redundant and un-needed: opponents argue that Oregon has a desperate need for more residential addiction treatment beds, not assessments or assessment centers.
- It doesn’t address racial disparity in addiction services: the measure does not allocate any specific funding to “culturally specific” addiction treatment and recovery programs.
- It doesn’t really fix racial disparity in the criminal justice system: over-policing, and disproportionate charging cause disparity, regardless the offense (traffic stops, profiling, etc). Ballot measures like Multnomah County’s 26-217 promoted by Jo Ann Hardesty actually address the real root causes of criminal justice disparity, racism, inequity and police brutality.
- It allows licensed and certified professionals to have a PCS for (heroin, cocaine, meth, MDMA, LSD, psilocybin, methadone, and oxycodone) without consequences: doesn’t intervene on harder drug use among licensed/certified professionals, says PCS is “not related to the fitness and ability” of a licensee to practice.
- Harm reduction is already being expanded without ballot measure 110: the state has already been expanding harm reduction services through the federal State Opioid Response funds.
Q: What would Oregon Ballot Measure 110 change?
A: Ballot Measure 110 would decriminalize the possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, psilocybin (mushrooms), MDMA (ecstasy), and LSD in Oregon.
- Ballot Measure 110 would decriminalize the street drugs all children, teens, and adults in Oregon.
- Ballot Measure 110 would reduce unlawful possession of amounts of drugs from a misdemeanor crime to a “Class E Violation,” with a maximum penalty of a $100 fine or a health assessment.
- Ballot Measure 110 removes the judicial system’s legal authority to order children, teens, and adults to receive addiction treatment and recovery support services.
- Ballot Measure 110 would reduce or eliminate access to drug intervention programs in Oregon, including Drug Court, court diversion, the LEAD program (for adults), the STAR program (for juveniles), and other treatment services directed by courts for both juveniles and adults.
- Ballot Measure 110 creates “assessment and referral centers.” The Measure provides for treatment funding as a last priority, More treatment funding may not happen at all. At the same time, Measure 110 will “reallocate” money from existing law enforcement programs, like community corrections agencies, that actually do provide access to treatment.
- 80 percent of addicts are resistant to treatment. Anyone who has had a friend or family member who suffers from addiction knows this is true. Addicts have lost the ability to choose whether or not to use drugs. Their lives center around the acquisition and use of drugs. Simply offering an assessment without other external motivation will fail for most people.
- We need a more robust and well funded treatment system. More residential beds and more outpatient treatment.
Q: Who’s supporting Oregon Ballot Measure 110?
A: Measure 110 is authored and financed by the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York political pressure group. They’ve spent millions over the last twenty years to legalize drugs in Oregon, and over $2,000,000 to build support for Measure 110.
The only interest the Drug Policy Alliance has in Ballot Measure 110 is the decriminalization – effective legalization – of street drugs in Oregon. Our state – and our kids – is their testing laboratory to see how to get people to vote to decriminalize street drugs in other states.
Yes – there are Oregonian who have endorsed Measure 110 and want it to pass. Few of these have any experience administrating addiction treatment programs, and some have been paid by the Drug Policy Alliance to endorse the measure.
Q: Does Measure 110 legalize drugs?
A: Measure 110 decriminalizes drugs by reducing the penalty for possession to a newly created “Class E” violation with a maximum fine of $100. This applies to adults and children. A $100 fine is less than the standard bail for a speeding ticket. For all practical purposes, that is legalization.
Q: My adult daughter uses heroin and refuses to go to voluntary treatment. How would Measure 110 help her?
A: If Measure 110 passes, courts will likely no longer have the legal authority to order her to enter and complete treatment because possessing less than a gram of heroin would be a “Class E Violation.”
Q: Does Measure 110 Stop Punishing Addicts?
The Criminal Justice system is a pathway to treatment for many people. All counties offer some form of treatment in lieu of jail and, usually, dismissal of charges after accepting treatment. The Justice system offers an opportunity to many addicts to break the cycle of addiction. Simple possession offenses generally can be removed from a person’s record.
Q: Will Measure 110 hold people accountable for entering & completing in-patient or out-patient treatment?
Q: Will Measure 110 require more in-patient treatment capacity in Oregon?
A: No. Measure 110 will fund assessment and referral centers, and it will fund grants. Measure 110 does not require more in-patient treatment beds or higher quality treatment than is already available.
Q: What happens if a student brings any of these amounts of drugs to school?
A: This will depend on the school’s policy. Under Measure 110 law enforcement will be limited to cite and release the student for a “Class E Violation” with a maximum penalty of either a $100 fine or a health assessment.
Q: What effect would Measure 110 have if a physician is convicted of one or more “Class E” violations for possessing less than 2 grams of methamphetamine?
A: Measure 110 states any physician would be presumed fit to practice regardless of drug convictions.
Q: If Measure 110 passes in November 2020, will it be funded with marijuana tax revenue?
A: Yes. Tens of millions of dollars of marijuana tax revenue will be taken away from schools, mental health and addiction services, state police, cities, counties, and drug prevention programs and redirected into the Measure 110 fund.
Q: What does “Decriminalization” mean?
A: Measure 110 decriminalizes the possession of very large quantities and lethal quantities of dangerous drugs: less than one gram of heroin; less than two grams of cocaine and methamphetamine; less than 5 user units of MDMA (Ecstasy); less than 12 grams of psilocybin; and less than 40 user units of LSD, oxycodone and methadone. These are street drugs that are often laced with other dangerous substances. The potential lethality of these quantities is well known.
More importantly, these new “decriminalization” rules will apply to children.
Q: How is Measure 110 paid for?
A: Measure 110 diverts millions of dollars of marijuana tax money from schools, drug treatment, drug education, state and local governments and law enforcement. Ironically, the same people who propose Measure 110 were the same people who promised tax money from legalized and taxed marijuana would go to schools and other worthy programs.
The State Treasurer estimates Measure 110 will divert $73,000,000 earmarked for schools in the 2021-2023 budget cycle for “assessment and referral centers.” So much for that promise.
Q: How will Measure 110 spend my tax money
A: Measure 110 creates an “Oversight and Accountability Board” appointed by the Oregon Health Authority. After people are appointed, they are not in any way accountable to the Oregon Health Authority or any other state agency. Once appointed, they can spend the tax money any way they wish.
This is not a transparent and accountable way to spend public tax dollars.
Q: Who is behind Measure 110?
Ballot Measure 11o was created and funded by the New York based Drug Policy Alliance. DPA is the alter ego of billionaire George Soros. He appears to be the primary financial contributor to the DPA. The stated social policy goal of the DPA, and its various sub-entities, is to legalize drugs.
Measure 110 is a social policy experiment. Why Oregon? We are a blue state with a proud history of being open to progressive reform. It is also cheaper to test out this experiment in Oregon before going to California. Mr. Soros has invested a few million to bring this Measure to the voters. For him, that is pocket change.
The Measure 110 experiment was drafted without consulting ANY of the established stakeholders in or outside of government. They have no data to support their claims. No evidence based research to support their policy change