New Oregon bill would make cigarettes prescription only


From the facepalm files: Oregon state nanny representative, Mitch Greenlick, is proposing a new law that will make cigarettes illegal without a prescription. I’m sure this is what the founders had in mind when they talked about liberty.

From KPTV Fox 12:

If you’re a regular smoker, you may want to keep an eye on a new bill in the Oregon Legislature.

Rep. Mitch Greenlick, from Portland, is sponsoring a bill that makes cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance, meaning it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor’s prescription.

Under the proposal, offenders would face maximum punishments of one year in prison, a $6,250 fine or both.

Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids.

"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."

Others see the proposal differently.

"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."

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This kind of stuff is so frustrating to me. A year in prison and a six thousand dollar fine just because you have cigarettes on you without a prescription? This is unreal. And what doctor is going to write a prescription for cigarettes anyway? I just can’t imagine being so arrogant to think that your health decisions are my responsibility. But that’s the way millions of Americans are, including the last guy in this clip.

Exit Question 1: Did anyone else find it ironic that they interviewed a woman from Salem?

Exit Question 2: If this becomes law, would it make it illegal for Obama to visit Oregon? After all, he’s a smoker.

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