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Legal News: Oregon, Where Drugs Won the War on Drugs

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Voters in Oregon elected to legalize psychedelic mushrooms and to decriminalize small amounts of heroin and other drugs. 

The vote on psilocybin, known as magic mushrooms, allows supervised use of the drug in licensed therapeutic settings for those who are 21 or older. Supporters say the drug can be used to treat depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and addiction. Oregon is the first state to legalize the drug.

Oregon is also the first state to legalize small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and other street drugs. Possession of small amounts of the drugs is a noncriminal violation similar to a traffic offense. Those caught with small amounts of the drugs receive a ticket and face a $100 fine, or they may agree to screening for a substance abuse disorder. The penalty for those caught with larger amounts is reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor. Some commercial drug offenses could still be felonies.

Meanwhile, voters approved recreational marijuana in New Jersey, South Dakota, Montana and Arizona. They join 11 states and Washington, D.C., in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

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