If you thought smoking laws in New York City were strict, Oregon is on the verge of making it illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.
Rep. Mitch Greenlick from Portland is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, classifying it with ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.
If one were to possess cigarettes without a prescription, a penalty as harsh as one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both would be applicable.
“The State Board of Pharmacy may adopt rules placing requirements and limitations on the sale or transfer of products containing nicotine,” the bill’s text says.
“I think it’s pretty crazy,” said Juan Silva of Salem. “I don’t see it going through. It’s going to be something to watch for, but I don’t think it’ll pass.”
Some people think the bill is brilliant.
“I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it,” said Rick Cannon of Salem. “You know there’s less and less smokers everyday because they know how bad it is for them, so I just hope people wake up and realize how bad it actually is for them.”
While it may be detrimental to one’s health and I personally hate cigarettes, people deserve to choose whether they want to smoke or not. The health risks are common knowledge, and people choose to smoke knowing the risks.
Jordan Shepherd | Elite.