Oregon becomes 1st state to decriminalize drug possession as New Jersey, Arizona legalize marijuana

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States across the U.S. are poised to take big steps toward legalizing and decriminalizing marijuana and other drugs.

Both New Jersey and Arizona are projected to approve ballot measures legalizing recreational marijuana, The New York Times and The Associated Press project. Meanwhile Oregon is expected to take a completely unprecedented step, decriminalizing the possession of some illegal drugs and establishing treatment to help people with drug addictions.

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