In Oregon, a law comes into force, under which there will be partially decriminalized all types of drugs, as well as their possession.
It is now possible to possess small doses of hard drugs in the state. For example, the presence of heroin (up to 1 gram), methamphetamine (up to 2 grams), cocaine (up to 2 grams) and several other substances will no longer be considered a reason for detention by the police.
There will also be no detention for possession of such doses: instead, law enforcement may issue a fine of $100. CNN notes that the penalty is now comparable to a fine for a traffic violation. As a last resort, authorities can order a person to undergo a medical examination to make sure there is no addiction.
The law came into force on February 1. A majority of state residents approved the initiative in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election (55.8 percent of the population voted in favor).
On December 2, 2020, the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs voted to remove cannabis from Schedule IV of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the list of substances requiring the most stringent controls.