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Oregon Just Decriminalized All Drugs. Here’s Why Voters Passed Groundbreaking Reform

Oregon became the first U.S. state to decriminalize the possession of all drugs on Nov. 3, 2020. Measure 110, a ballot initiative funded by the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit advocacy group backed in part by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, passed with more than 58% of the vote. Possessing heroin, cocaine,...

Protesters Set Booby Traps as Large Portland Standoff Stretches Into 3rd Day

PORTLAND, Ore. — A gentrification protest in Oregon's largest city that has blockaded several city blocks in Portland entered its third day Thursday as demonstrators dressed in black and wearing ski masks shored up their makeshift barriers aimed at keeping police out. The fencing, lumber and other roadblocking material first...

Feds Explored Possibly Charging Portland Officials in Unrest

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department explored whether it could pursue either criminal or civil rights charges against city officials in Portland, Oregon after clashes erupted there night after night between law enforcement and demonstrators, a department spokesperson said Thursday. The revelation that federal officials researched whether they could levy criminal...

Fires Raise Fight Over Climate Change Before Trump’s Visit

BEAVERCREEK, Ore. — With crews battling wildfires that have killed at least 35 people, destroyed neighborhoods and enveloped the West Coast in smoke, another fight has emerged: leaders in the Democratic-led states and President Donald Trump have clashed over the role of climate change ahead of his visit Monday to...

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