In November 2020, Oregonians voted to approve all of the state’s four ballot measures, including campaign contribution limits, an increase in cigarette tax, and a statewide psilocybin mushroom therapy program. But perhaps the most controversial and progressive was Measure 110, the Drug Decriminalization and Addiction Treatment Initiative, which decriminalized the personal possession of small amounts of schedule 1 through 5 substances like heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines. And on February 1, the new law, called the Drug Addiction Treatment and Recovery Act, went into effect.

To help break down this act, Portland Monthly spoke with Ron Williams, outreach director at the Health Justice Recovery Alliance, the statewide advocacy coalition tasked with ensuring the new law is implemented. 



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