Ballot Measure 110 Analysis

by Jennie Bowser, Public Policy Consultant

WashCo Dems Recommendation: Vote YES on Measure 110

Provides statewide addiction/recovery services; marijuana taxes partially finance; establishes fund to create addiction recovery centers.

What will change if this measure passes?

Measure 110 expands treatment opportunities for drug addiction and reduces criminal penalties by ending the practice of imposing jail time for possession. It decriminalizes the possession of most drugs, including everything from heroin and methamphetamine to prescription painkillers and cold medications. It changes the laws for the personal possession of these drugs from either a misdemeanor or a felony (depending on the person’s criminal history) to a Class E violation subject to either a $100 fine or a health assessment by an addiction recovery center. In addition, Measure 109 would use some of the revenue from existing marijuana taxes to set up new addiction recovery and treatment centers across the state.

Who’s behind this idea?

The chief sponsors of Measure 110 are three Oregonians who work with the homeless youth population and in the field of mental health and addiction. One is a long-time drug reform advocate.

Who supports Measure 110?

The Vote Yes on 110 coalition boasts a wide array of over 100 organizations, including a number of state and national health care and civil rights organizations, and an even longer list of individuals.

Who opposes Measure 110?

There is no organized opposition to Measure 110, but in a move that surprised many, the advocacy group Oregon Recovers has issued a statement in opposition to the measure. They say it’s poorly written and fails to include racial equity goals.

Follow the money!

Most of the financial support is from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Advocacy (run by Facebook-owner Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, that works with general left-of-center PACs) and Drug Policy Action (a NYC-based  nonprofit).   Data source:  ORESTAR