2022 Initiative for Drug Decriminalization, Paused
Illicit drugs are dangerous and their use threatens the freedoms of others. I-1922 compliance is voluntary and fundamentally different than other notable decriminalization efforts. Our republic must not facilitate illicit drugs because "our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." John Adams 1, 2
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Washington State Activists Call Off Drug Decriminalization Ballot Effort Even As New Poll Shows Voter Support
Commit To Change, June 29, 2022
"The campaign behind an effort to decriminalize drugs and expand treatment and recovery services in Washington State has halted its push to qualify an initiative for November’s ballot ..."
I-1922 Allows Only For Confiscation Of Drugs:
The following text from the initiative shows that the possession of controlled substances as an unlawful act is stricken. There are no other references in the initiative that would maintain the possession of controlled substances as unlawful, other than Sec 7, also below, which states that the drugs may be seized (see also RCW 69.50.505). See more text excerpts here.
Permissive policy approach to drugs not working
Ann Donnelly, Columbian, March 6, 2022
We need a redesigned war on dangerous and addictive drugs. A torrent of fentanyl, heroin, opioids, and legal and illegal marijuana is wreaking havoc on our schools, neighborhoods and businesses. Our courts and jails are swamped with the burdens of crimes related to drugs. Mental health challenges, already staggering, are exacerbated. Property crime is spiking in large part because of the addicts and the criminal opportunists in the drug trade who prey on them. Vancouver apartment dwellers tell me brazen drug deals are common around their buildings ...
The New York City Health Department’s “Let’s Talk Fentanyl” campaign made headlines for placing posters that promoted illegal drug use: “Don’t be ashamed you are using, be empowered that you are using safely.” Amid an unprecedented overdose crisis, public health officials should acknowledge the impossibility of “using safely.” Treatment with the goal of full recovery is the way to prevent overdoses.
I-1922 Sponsored By Pro Legalization ACLU of Washington
All three directors for the pro I-1922 political action committee Commit to Change WA are ACLU officials. The ACLU is notoriously pro drug legalization.
Oregon Measure 110 (2020) Is Very Close To Legalization
Implemented February 1, 2021, Measure 110 explicitly requires only voluntary compliance (see Sec 22 below where failure to pay the fine has no consequences), and because of that it's practically legalization. Decriminalization in other locations, like Portugal, is substantially different. While some elements are the same, addicts must comply or they can still be incarcerated. Portugal's program creator, Joao Goulao, said “decriminalization is not a silver bullet. If you decriminalize and do nothing else, things will get worse." Because of 110's explicitly voluntary nature, there may be no way for Oregon to achieve lower stats ever. And in Washington, I-1922 is being orchestrated by the ACLU. One could well imagine legalization to be their goal and mentality, which is a fantasy as those engaged in decriminalization efforts know. And even further, as Howard Weissman, a director with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (US), said: "Until we address our seemingly insatiable desire to drink and get high, decriminalization of all drugs is just spitting in the wind." That may be our biggest hurdle to overcome before we try decriminalization. But decriminalization is a high cost, big government solution. Lots more could be said on that issue. Keeping narcotics criminal is the best choice.
Oregon Measure 110 News Articles:
Oregon State Rep: We Have Failed in Rehabilitation After Decriminalizing Drugs
Tucker Carlson Interview with State Rep Morgan, Rumble, Posted Jul 22, 2022
Oregon’s Drug Decriminalization A Giant Failure
Portland's decriminalization of hard drugs has been a massive failure as reported by law enforcement.
Next News Network, June 16, 2022
Oregon overdoses reach record highs after decriminalization of hard drugs In November of 2020
Oregonians voted for Ballot Measure 110 which decriminalized personal possession of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and LSD.
ERICAN NEWS Jun 3, 2022 10:19 AM EST
'Running amok and running unchecked:' Oregon state rep on drug decriminalization
Republican Lily Morgan discusses the consequences of Oregon's decision last year to decriminalize drug usage on 'Jesse Watters Primetime'
Video, June 3, 2022
Oregon overdose rates soared by 700% after decriminalizing ALL drugs last year
Officials admit millions in funding for treatment centers was held up and few offenders even bothered to use them but insist they will continue the scheme
Daily Mail, Jun 2, 2022
Oregon botched drug treatment plan tied to decriminalization
Oregon officials and lawmakers say efforts to get millions of dollars in funding to treatment centers and related services as part of the state's pioneering drug decriminalization have been botched even as drug addictions and overdoses increase
Associated Press, June 02, 2022
'Measure 110 has everything to do with it': Law enforcement says decriminalization has flooded Portland streets with drugs
Fentanyl is "everywhere" and officers are seizing more guns than ever, a Multnomah County Sheriff's Office sergeant said.
THV11.com, May 9, 2022
Oregon’s pioneering drug decriminalization hasn’t led many to seek help, as backers said it would
The effort ‘was presented to the public as pro-treatment, but it has been a complete failure in that regard,’ says Keith Humphreys, a Stanford addiction researcher and former White House drug policy adviser.
AP, Apr 5, 2022
Oregon’s bold drug decriminalization sees some success – but use still rising
Experts say decriminalization is not the problem – the new measure lacks a proper pathway to recovery amid the growing overdose crisis
The Guardian, Apr 4 2022
Measure 110 was implemented February 1, 2021
Thresholds for 15 drugs outlined in decriminalization plan sent by Vancouver to Health Canada
CTVNewsVancouver.ca , June 1, 2021
European Union News: European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) The Portugal News
EMCDDA 2022 European Drug Report (English) (PDF)
"The take-home message that stands out from our analysis of drug trends in 2022 can be summarised as ‘Everywhere, Everything, Everyone’. Today, we face a situation where we can observe the impact of drug problems almost everywhere."
Drug Decriminalization In Portugal: Setting The Record Straight
Transform Drug Policy Foundation, 13 May 2021
A pro decriminalization report
The Netherlands as a narcostate and the emergence of a methamphetamine industry
Portugal’s Approach to Drug Policy – what works and what does not?
Drug Policy Network SEE, 4/15/2021
"In drug policy debates reference is often made to Portugal as an example of a country with a successful approach to drug policy. Often, the country’s good results in reducing the drug problem are attributed to the decriminalisation policy instituted in 2001. But knowledge and understanding of the exact policy and its results is not always accurate and well-informed."
Is the Netherlands becoming a narco-state?
BBC News, 19 December 2019
Uses and Abuses of Drug Decriminalization in Portugal
"The significance of this legislation has been misunderstood. Decriminalization did not trigger dramatic changes in drug related behavior because, as an analysis of Portugal's predecriminalization laws and practices reveals, the reforms were more modest than suggested by the media attention they received."
Law & Social Inquiry, Summer 2015
Daphne Bramham: Decriminalization is no silver bullet, says Portugal's drug czar
Most outsiders know Portugal has decriminalized drugs. But most fail to understand that drugs remain illegal.
Vancouver (B.C.) Sun, September 14, 2018
Illicit drugs in the EU: the situation is expanding in scale and complexity
3rd international drugs conference at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague, Dec 11, 2019
The myth of Portugal’s drug policy
St Louis Post Dispatch, by Howard Weissman Aug 5, 2015
"Until we address our seemingly insatiable desire to drink and get high, decriminalization of all drugs is just spitting in the wind. "
Drug decriminalization in Portugal
Manuel Pinto Coelho, Chairman of Association for a Drug Free Portugal, Sept 10, 2010
"Drug decriminalization in Portugal is a failure, despite various reports published recently all over the world saying the opposite."
Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Challenges and Limitations
Office of National Drug Control Policy (U.S.), August 2010
The Steep Cost of "Progressive" Drug Policy
San Francisco has been the poster child of progressive drug policies for over a decade. Now the city is falling apart.
AALM.info, June 2022
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New York City runs ad campaign 'empowering' heroin users
The ad, which was spotted on a New York City subway reads, "Don’t be ashamed you are using, be empowered that you are using safely."
Post Millennial, Jun 1, 2022
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Compassionate And Effective Justice: A Plan To Deal With Marijuana Offenses That Does Not Involve Legalization Or Decriminalization Of Marijuana.
Americans Against Legalizing Marijuana
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Seattle Just Became the Largest U.S. City To Approve Quasi-Decriminalization of Natural Psychedelics
The resolution urges police to refrain from arresting people for noncommercial production and distribution as well as possession
Seattle just became the largest city in the country with a hands-off policy for people who consume natural psychedelics. Yesterday the city council unanimously approved a resolution that says "the investigation, arrest, and prosecution of anyone engaging in entheogen-related activities should be among The City of Seattle's lowest enforcement priorities." It urges the Seattle Police Department to "move toward the formal codification and adoption of that practice as departmental policy."
The new policy, which is similar to the one approved by Washington, D.C., voters last November, applies to "any living, fresh, dried, or processed plant or fungal material, including teas or powders, that may contain currently scheduled or analog psychoactive indolamines, tryptamines, or phenethylamines, including, but not limited to, psilocybin mushrooms, ayahuasca tea, mescaline, and iboga." It covers "cultivation" and "sharing" of such "entheogens" as well as possession, which already was covered by a general city policy of refraining from arresting drug users ...
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"Studies reporting on the positive outcomes of decriminalization remain scarce. The evidence needs to be more widespread in order to support the case for decriminalization."
The San Francisco Mess Proves Decriminalizing Drugs Doesn’t Work
The Federalist, Jan 21, 2020
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Portland-area (Vancouver) leftist arrested for child sex crimes, urinating in Arby's milkshake mix at work
Stephen Sharp confessed to urinating into the milkshake mix on at least two occasions at a Vancouver, WA Arby's where he worked, saying it was for sexual gratification.
American News, May 17, 2022
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