Could the leniency on drugs finally be seeing a backlash? 

March 12 – With a number of states in the country taking a more liberal approach on drug possession over the last few years, some people thought that would spell all kinds of trouble. 

It looks like the day of reckoning may have finally arrived. 

Oregon was the first state in the country to decriminalize possession of drugs and recreational use of drugs, but the lawmakers there are now reversing that decision. 

Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “Notably, they’re honestly saying this has failed. This has not been good for their state, for their communities. Crime keeps ballooning, and they’re tracing it back to this loose policy they adopted three years ago. So they’re now trying to get their arms back around it. They would now become the first state that would recriminalize these laws that they had decriminalized three years ago. So quite an about face there.”

Pat Ryan of NewsTalk 103.7FM wondered, “Maybe that will get the attention of one Josh Shapiro. Perhaps you put the damn brakes on recreational marijuana here for the minor tiny touch of money that it’s going to bring into the state’s coffers. When you see here. Here’s a textbook example. Go look at Colorado. They regret it there. Ask the neighboring states around that. They regret it there. Oh it’s so cool that you’ve got New York and Maryland doing it. When you see such a radical left state like that pulling it back here.”

Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM added, “I’m going to hammer this again. This is because of equity ideology and DEI. This is why they did this because poor, addicted people are being abused by the system. You are not helping people with these kinds of policies. You are just causing greater and greater harm to some kind of weird idea of compassion. I’m going to quote CS Lewis here ‘of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of the victims may be the most oppressive.’ You are oppressing people with this, you’re not holding people accountable, and it stretches of course into the whole criminal system the way we’re going to be so compassionate towards historically oppressed people and we’re going to let them not be accountable for crimes that are committed. We’re going to look the other way. We’re going to look the other way when people do drugs. No, this does hideous harm to those people and to the society around them. If people get their darn heads around the idea that this ideology is behind, and is the germ, the genesis for so much of this, including the gender spectrum nonsense, all of this, we’re just going to keep seeing this. Failure after failure and maybe we’ll try to pull it desperately back. It’s so stupid that we went down this road.”

Barkdoll said, “I do think this Oregon story is very newsworthy, even here in Pennsylvania. So Shapiro now wants to legalize recreational marijuana. Well, here you have a big state Oregon, they were the first state in the country that decriminalized all of these drugs now coming out saying we shouldn’t have done it. That has to be influential if you’re sitting in a governor’s mansion or a general assembly in a state like Pennsylvania, that’s thinking of going down this road. Oregon has hard data now for three years under this program that they’re citing. So I think you may hear some of this come up in the Pennsylvania debate that’s going to unfold over the next few months.”