No on Measure 110 Campaign Requests Washington County Ballots Be Reissued over Error that Reverses Meaning of “No” Vote 

Error says “No” vote would alter marijuana revenue distribution,  

when really “Yes” vote would, by taking millions of dollars from schools 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, October 22, 2020  

Portland, OR—The No on Measure 110 campaign today submitted a request to Oregon’s Director of Elections to reissue Washington County ballots for the drug decriminalization measure due to an error on the ballots that reverses the meaning of the measure’s impact.  

The Washington County ballot error inserts a “No” into the description of the measure’s impact (in bold underline below): 

Result of “No” Vote: “No” rejects requiring addiction recovery centers/services; retains No current marijuana tax revenue uses; maintains current classifications/penalties for possession of drugs. 

“This is confusion on top of a pattern of misleading voters,” said Jim O’Rourke of the No on Measure 110 campaign. “From the ballot title to the ballot description the proponents’ slogan, voters have been misled about the actual content of the 19-page measure—which decriminalizes dangerous drugs—and this error adds to that. As printed, the description falsely says a “No” vote would change what’s funded by marijuana taxes, when in fact it’s a “Yes” vote that would take millions of tax dollars away from schools. Washington County voters deserve new, correct ballots.” 

The Secretary of State’s financial impact statement estimates that over the next three years alone, Measure 110 would divert $90 million away from the State School Fund, and $56 million from city and county addiction treatment and prevention services.  

The No on Measure 110 campaign is requesting that the Secretary of State ensure that correct ballots for Measure 110 are sent to Washington County voters as soon as possible, and that the incorrect ballots not be tallied for Measure 110. 

Washington County has 13 percent of all Oregon voters—384,524 registered voters—which means the error could easily affect the outcome of the vote.  

Examples of Intentional Misinformation around Measure 110 

  • Ballot title and description are intentionally misleading: 
    • Says the measure “reclassifies possession” of “specified drugs” and “certain drugs,” concealing from voters 1) what the measure does—decriminalize addictive drugs, and 2) which drugs it applies to and in what amounts. Measure 110 would decriminalize the possession of up to 1 gram of heroin, 2 grams of meth, 2 grams of cocaine, 12 grams of psilocybin, 40 user units of oxycodone, 40 user units of methadone, 40 user units of LSD, and 5 user units of MDMA.
    • Omits that the measure decriminalizes these hard drugs for children, not just adults. Also omits that it cuts kids off from the juvenile court intervention programs that currently direct them into state-funded (free to the child and their family) treatment. 
    • Says the measure “Provides addiction recovery centers/services,” when Measure 110 does not require the creation of any inpatient or outpatient treatment services. It only requires the creation of 16 misleadingly named “Addiction Recovery Centers” that will not provide treatment nor recovery services. Instead, they provide five non-treatment services: triage, health assessments, referrals, peer support, and outreach. 
  • Despite slogan of “More Treatment,” Yes Campaign admits Measure 110 will not add any new treatment beds. 
    Asked by Willamette Week editor Nigel Jaquiss, “Will it create any new treatment beds?” Measure 110 proponent Brent Canode admits, “No.” This has been a core concern of the No on 110 campaign and partners all along, because the text of the measure only requires the creation of the 16 assessment and referral centers.  “Assessments are not treatment. Referrals are not access to treatment,” said Heather Jeffries, executive director of the Oregon Council for Behavioral Health, the statewide substance use and mental health treatment provider association. “Oregon does not have a shortage of health assessment and referral centers. We have a shortage of residential treatment beds and outpatient programs. Measure 110′s unnecessary referral centers will just add people to treatment waitlists that are already weeks, if not months, long.”  She added, “If Measure 110 were truly about more treatment, it would have set clear goals for more real treatment, such as more sobering centers and detox facilities, more residential treatment beds, more outpatient care, and more certified drug and alcohol counselors.” # # #