Posted Friday, August 11, 2023 8:14 am

In Portland, it’s illegal to crack a beer or smoke marijuana on sidewalks or in a city park. But state law enshrines people’s right to consume fentanyl, meth, heroin and other hard drugs on public property.

The upshot of that paradoxical legal landscape: Portland officials cannot make open drug use so much as a citation-worthy offense.

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