Wild Wild West

Advocating for marijuana use to be legal has been very common amongst Americans across the country. Nas dropped a song in 1994, “If I ruled the world” and rapped, “Imagine smoking weed in the streets without cops harassing” now will be a reality in America as it has been passed by the house to be federally decriminalized. That is a nice victory, being that most can agree marijuana is not a gateway drug. The state of Oregon has taken this a little bit further with the 2020 election, they have decriminalized all drugs that come to mind. There are so many ways that this could be viewed, and we will surely get into some of those ways.

Measure 110 was endorsed by Mark Zuckerburg and he also donated $500,000 to the cause. Oregon Measure 110 would make personal no commercial possession of a controlled substance nothing more than a Class E violation, which would be a $100 fine and establish a drug addiction treatment and a recovery program funded in part by the state’s marijuana tax revenue and state prison’s money accumulated. It appears to be evident that drug use is being looked at as a sickness and not a punishable crime like is has been for years. The dangerous part about drugs is people do horrible things that is probably beyond the norm of their personal character, so now if this occurs, then you can punish for the actual action, instead of them being caught under the influence.

With the decriminalization of drugs in Oregon, one has to wonder, are the suppliers of these drugs exempt from for selling these drugs? The answer to that question is a hard no. If the drugs can’t be sold on the streets legally, where would one get a supply legally for use? Will pharmacies be the supplier and the way for users to indulge in these new legal drugs? There will be a lot of questions as to who is going to capitalize, who is going to be hurt the most, and will this cause Oregon to turn into the wild wild west. Ladies and gentlemen, this remains to be seen.

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