July 16, 2017 by Black Bart
The Oregon territory has always been a tough land to shackle. Woodlands foreboding to outsiders give rise to descendants of natives, trappers, hunters, outlaws, people with a keen sense of independence all. It’s also a land well known for the population’s heavy drug use. Meth, weed, heroine, and “party” drugs are the most popular (in no particular order of importance). It’s gotten to the point, evidently, that not even the pricks holding themselves above all others can ignore how fuckin’ great drugs are.
So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. There’s plenty of folks callin’ from the mountaintop that drugs are legal ’round here now. But! What does that even mean? Can I pop in some MDMA at the Starbucks down the street? Are pot dispensaries gonna start slingin’ cocaine? Don’t hold your breath, kids. Know now, Oregon legislature’s not actually decriminalizing all these drugs, just defelonizing them.
According to The Washington Post:
“First-time offenders caught with small amounts of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs will face less jail time and smaller fines under a new bill approved by the Oregon legislature that aims to curb mass incarceration.”
Now, there are two bills and they’re laid out as follows:
- House Bill 378 reduces drug-related property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. It passed 33-26 in the House and 18-11 in the Senate.
- House Bill 2355 would decriminalize at least six drugs, as long as the person doesn’t have any prior felonies or more than two prior drug convictions. It passed the House 36-23 and the Senate 20-9.
These bills have both passed on the floor and are pretty popular. It seems as if Oregon legislature is aware that the “War on Drugs” is more a war on class and race, than anything.
Representative Mitch Greenlick is quoted as saying:
“We’ve got to treat people, not put them in prison. It would be like putting them in the sate penitentiary for having diabetes. This is chronic brain disorder and it needs to be treated this way.”
“There is empirical evidence that there are certain things that follow race. We don’t like to look at the disparity in our prison system. It is institutional racism… We can pretend it doesn’t exist, but it does.“
It’s not popular with every bourgie prick though.
Representative Andy Olson, who voted against the bill, wrote a letter to his constituents stating:
“I fully support the collection of data to monitor racial profiling, but I am opposed to reducing drug classification.”
Senator Betsy Johnson also voted against the bill, refusing to downgrade drug related penalties as part of some sort of misguided “hug-a-thug policy”. Noted, Betsy. As a so-called thug, I could use a hug, but I see how it is. She was quoted as saying:
“The proponents of these bills mistakenly believe that drug sentences damage people’s lives, but it’s the drugs that ruin people’s lives. I would like to end the odious practice of racial profiling, but I will not be associated with a bill that decriminalizes hard drugs.”
As of now, these bills are on Governor Kate Brown’s desk and she, reportedly, has every intention of signing them into law. Good for her. Rave Jungle‘s ecstatic. Herb‘s excited. High Times is wary. And The Free Thought Project considers this a watershed moment.
As for me? Why, fuck ’em all, I say! I don’t give a wet donkey’s shit about getting that mythical permission from assholes putting themselves on pedestals. Neither should you. People been hittin’ the good stuff without permission for decades, longer even. That anyone’s comfortable framing this as allowing less prison time for raving or whatever you get up to, as if they’re doing you a goddamn favor, is disgusting. Fuck that. Fuck them.
I don’t go to bourgeoisie hypocrites for what I want and don’t want to do, and never will.
Until next time, just keep on truckin’.