Will Oregon’s drug decriminalization experiment succeed? | LIVE STREAM


A recent referendum made Oregon the first US state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD. The move was inspired by a 2001 law in Portugal that removed incarceration as a penalty for drug possession. California and Washington state may follow Oregon’s lead.

What are the goals of the new law, which was implemented on February 1? Which social, economic, and public health factors should policymakers consider to gauge success, and what do possible versions of success look like? What are the risks and uncertainties?

Drawing on lessons from marijuana legalization, US drug policy since the 1960s, and international experience with decriminalization, a panel of experts will discuss Oregon’s new law from the perspectives of local law enforcement, drug addiction and treatment, and human flourishing.

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