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Oregon on Tuesday became the first US state to legalize access to “magic mushrooms,” including possession of hard drugs, heroin and small amounts of cocaine, and for medical purposes.
Some other states, including Arizona and Montana, meanwhile appeared poised in preliminary results to legalize recreational marijuana in recent years with a broader trend in the country.
The nation’s capital, Washington DC, also approved a voting initiative to decriminalize a series of psychedelics to implement reforms in the fourth jurisdiction.
In the US presidential election, Americans voted on these measures to vote.
Under Measure 110, possession of small amounts of illicit drugs in Oregon would be considered a civil offense and more money would be levied for treatment and other services for people with drug addiction.
The Drug Policy Alliance said in a statement: “This grassroots initiative envisions people moving ahead better than quitting and going to jail for drugs. It will help those who need it and need it. ” “
The purpose of this measure – supported by the Oregon Nurses Association, the Oregon Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Oregon Academy of Family Physicians – is to keep addicts out of the criminal justice system and their provide treatment.
The group said in a statement: “Punishing people for drug use and addiction is expensive and has not worked. More drug treatment, not punishment, is a better approach. ”
Also supporting the measure, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan contributed $ 500,000 to the Chan Zuckerberg initiative.
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However, opponents, including several local groups working on drug addiction policy, said the measure undermines local efforts and does not guarantee a fixed budget for treatment.
The state’s second groundbreaking initiative, Measure 109, gives legitimacy to the therapeutic use of psilocybin, or “magic mushroom,” for people over the age of 21, who suffer from a variety of ailments, including depression, addiction and anxiety.
The measure was led by Portland psychiatrists Tom and Sherry Eckert.
“A lot of people need medical options,” Tom Eckert told the local CBS station.
“We’re actually in the middle of a mental health crisis in Oregon. We have one of the highest rates of mental illness in the country. So the status quo doesn’t really work. ”
A related measure approved in Washington DC – Initiative 81 – decriminalizes “magic mushrooms” and other psychedelics.
Under this measure, those who use and sell such drugs would be considered among the “lowest law enforcement priorities” of the police service.
Also on Tuesday, four US states – New Jersey, Montana, South Dakota and Arizona – voted to legalize recreational marijuana, which is illegal at the federal level.
This brings to 15 the number of US states approving the drug for recreational use since 2012. Medical cannabis, for its part, is already legalized in 33 US states.
In 1973, Oregon became the first state in the country to reduce the use of marijuana.
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