By Andy Giegerich and Suzanne Stevens – Portland Business Journal

Sep 18, 2023 Updated Sep 18, 2023 4:13pm PDT

Max Williams said his group is taking action after Measure 110’s effects have roiled the state.OREGON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

A coalition of high-profile business leaders is backing a new ballot initiative that aims to modify Oregon’s controversial Measure 110 by re-criminalizing possession of hard drugs.

M110, approved by voters in 2020, decriminalized possession of small amounts of such drugs as fentanyl and methamphetamine. Since then, overdose deaths in Oregon have soared and open drug use has been common in downtown Portland and elsewhere in the city, which some have argued is tied to decriminalization.

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