Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate against Republican Dr. Mehmet Oz, hailed Oregon’s passage of a 2020 ballot measure that decriminalizes hard drugs, including heroin .
Election Measure 110 passed with the support of 58% of voters and decriminalized the possession of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD and other hard drugs. Possession of any of these drugs in smaller quantities results in a $100 fine for offenders, who also have the option of a health evaluation at a recovery center in lieu of the fine.
The measure went into effect Feb. 1, 2021, and overdose deaths then “hit an all-time high in 2021 at 1,069,” as Fox News’ Dan Springer reported earlier this year, pointing out that it was “an increase of 41% compared to 2020”.
Video recently unearthed by Fox News Digital shows Fetterman praising Oregonians for decriminalizing drugs weeks after the measure was passed in November 2020. His comments came during a Facebook Live session with Robert Seda-Schreiber, the chief activist of the Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice. Fetterman said:
I applaud Oregon for the step they took in the last election, you know, decriminalizing small amounts of drugs and realizing that you can’t quit getting out of addiction. And if you criminalize addiction, you have what we have, and that’s one of the main proponents of mass incarceration.
In a statement to Fox News, Fetterman campaign spokesman Joe Cavello said:
John is a strong advocate for the legalization of weed and has always believed that we shouldn’t criminalize addiction, but he does not support the decriminalization of all drugs, including heroin, methamphetamines and other hard drugs in Pennsylvania. John thinks we need to make sure we lock down the drug dealers who push and profit from hard drugs, while ensuring people get real help if they’re addicted.
Contrary to what the Fetterman campaign is now saying, the Democrat previously said in 2018 that he supports “decriminalization at all levels,” as reported by Breitbart News.
“I am for the legalization of marijuana, but I go even further than some of my colleagues because I am for decriminalization at all levels. I see it as a public health issue, not a criminal issue,” Fetterman said. “I’ve seen with my own eyes over the past 14 years the effects this has on families, I’ve seen people overdose.”
Fetterman also said lawmakers should consider “safe injection sites.”