The new ordinance will only take effect if Oregon law changes. Current state statues prohibit local governments from criminalizing public substance use.
PORTLAND, Ore. — After about two hours of public comment on Wednesday, Portland City Council voted unanimously to prohibit public drug use in the city, contingent on a change to state law. Alongside the ban, commissioners passed a resolution directing city officials to push for that state-level change.
Because the ordinance included a declaration of emergency, it did not require a second read and passed immediately.
“Just by virtue of illustrating how important this issue is, the last time I saw somebody
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