Mitch Greenlick... W.H. would like to give you The Finger!Oregon was the first state to decriminalize marijuana possession in 1973, possession of 28.35 grams (1 ounce) or less is a violation (not a crime) punishable only by a $500 to $1,000 fine. Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes nicotine a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription.
To put this in perspective, LSD is a Schedule III drug. So, possession of an ounce of marijuana would result in a $500 fine, possession of a cigarette would result in a $6250 fine and a year in jail. The proposed law specifically states "The State Board of Pharmacy may not adopt rules that exempt a product containing nicotine from classification as a controlled substance."
Mitch Greenlick... Look in a mirror!Dr. Greenlick has been a member of the Oregon House of Representatives since 2003, was the Director of Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Vice President of the Kaiser Foundation Hospital, and the Professor and Chair of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in the School of Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University. I am normally the last person to chastise others for their vices., but might I suggest Dr. Greenlick, that you concern yourself with what you're stuffing in your own mouth rather than what other people are chewing or smoking?
The entire proposed law may be found here.
And before any of you Libs complain... we'll be recognizing a Republican with The Finger Award next Monday.