How Oregon turned on its own trailblazing drug law: ‘not the utopia we were promised’

February 21, 2024

When Oregon voters passed Measure 110 with nearly 60% support, the vision that advocates laid out was grand. “Please address drug addiction and homelessness,” Sandy Chung, executive director of the state’s ACLU chapter, asked legislators. For others there testifying, especially business owners, the priority was putting an end to public drug use. Recriminalization, Stuart argued, would be the only way to give law enforcement the tools to curtail public drug use. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty ImagesAmong the unique features of Measure 110 is that the treatment it funds comes with relatively few stipulations.