Updated: Mar. 05, 2024, 10:47 a.m. | Published: Mar. 01, 2024, 5:25 p.m.

By Noelle Crombie | The Oregonian/OregonLive

In a bipartisan vote, the Oregon Senate on Friday easily approved a bill making possession of small amounts of hard drugs a misdemeanor crime again, signaling the end of the state’s first-in-the-nation experiment with drug decriminalization.

The bill passed the Senate 21-8, with five liberal Portland and Eugene Democrats, mostly lawmakers of color, and three conservative or libertarian members voting no. Read more.