Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Tuesday, 9 July 2024

Committee on Drugs Use

Decriminalisation, Depenalisation, Diversion and Legalisation of Drugs: Discussion (Resumed)

7:00 pm

Mr. Kellen Russoniello:

There were conversations with police departments prior to measure 110’s passage. Unfortunately, I am not sure how far those moved long. Measure 110 was a voter ballot initiative, so it did not go through the legislature. It was through the general election in 2020 and Oregon voters voted for it. It did not go through the legislative process and have that typical back-and-forth political deliberation. Essentially, the law passed as we had drafted it. We attempted to have conversations during the drafting process but, to my knowledge, the police did not engage with us, or rather, we did not have significant engagement with police at that time.