Oregon governor signs bill recriminalizing drugs

by ian

Oregon is recriminalizing drugs following failed efforts to legalize drug use in the state.

On Monday, Gov. Tina Kotek signed a bill reversing a 2020 measure that made personal possession of hard drugs such as heroin and meth punishable with only a small fine. State lawmakers passed the bill with bipartisan support last month, citing soaring deaths from fentanyl.

A year after the original measure passed, overdose deaths rose by nearly 50%, while public drug use and homelessness have run rampant in Portland. Personal possession charges can now result in six months in jail starting Sept. 1.