The state will now remove criminal penalties — including prison time — for possessing small amounts of currently illegal drugs (including cocaine, heroin, oxycodone, methamphetamines and LSD.), which is a very good thing. But the state doesn't go away.
The measure will give those caught with drugs the option of either paying a $100 fine or getting a "completed health assessment" at an addiction recovery center.
The state will now redirect existing marijuana sales tax revenues and savings from the measure toward setting up a more expansive drug addiction treatment and recovery program.
Also noteworthy, the sale of drugs will still be illegal, felony charges will apply to people who are alleged to possess enough drugs to sell.