#Roommates, you know we like to keep you in the know so we have to tell you about this new drug bill that just passed in Oregon. The Oregon legislature recently approved a bill that will reclassify possession of several drugs from a felony to a misdemeanor.

According to the Washington Post, first-time offenders caught with heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will have the ability to face less jail time and smaller fines. Sources say the bill was passed in efforts to curb mass incarceration and provide resources like drug treatment programs for people without prior felonies.

“We are trying to move policy towards treatment rather than prison beds,” said state Sen. Jackie Winters. “We can’t continue on the path of building more prisons when often the underlying root cause of the crime is substance use.”

The bill also aims to reduce racial profiling through data collection and analysis in efforts to give police departments a better understanding when it comes to police procedures.

#Roommates, what do you think about Oregon’s recent change? Do other states need to follow their lead?

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