State officials have announced that starting July 15th, Oregon will begin issuing reparations payments to those previously convicted of marijuana related crimes within the past decade. The decision comes hot on the heels of the marijuana legalization measure which takes effect July 1st throughout Oregon.
Carol Shapiro is the newly appointed coordinator for the Oregon Department of Marijuana Reparations, and he elaborated on how this system will work to get those affected by previous laws, back on their feet. “These were essentially incidents that should have never been tried as crimes to begin with. Thousands of people have payed dearly over the years for laws which criminalized a substance less dangerous than any over-the-counter painkiller.”