Disinfo: US to legalise heroin and hard drugs

Summary

Oregon authorities have legalised the use of heroin. They have started with light drugs and came to heroin. Heroin, cocaine and psychedelic mushrooms are becoming legal in Oregon.

 

Disproof

This is an attempt to portray a limited impact measure in one US state, Oregon, as a move in the entire of the US towards the legalisation of hard drugs, fitting a recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the morally decaying West.

It's true that voters have approved Measure 110, Drug Decriminalisation and Addiction Treatment Initiative and Oregon has become the first state in the USA to relax some aspects of possession of hard drugs. However, while the measure reclassified personal and non-commercial drug possession offences, it did not legalise the possession and, definitely not the manufacture and distribution of heroin.

Possession of a controlled substance as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines, was reclassified from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class E violation resulting in a $100 fine or a complete health assessment. Individuals who manufacture or distribute illegal drugs are still subject to heavy criminal penalties.

The law also funds drug addiction treatment, partly paid for by savings made from sending fewer people to prison.

Also read similar cases such as EU to force Armenia to legalise drugs or Ukraine will legalise marijuana to manipulate citizens or Biden wants to legalise the sale of drugs in ukraine.

See other examples of Russian disinformation such as Lithuania is fighting against the monuments of the Soviet Army and re-writing history of WWII and NATO exercises in Estonia are an unfriendly message addressed to Russia.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 219
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 06/11/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Drugs

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