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Ore. Rep. Moves to Make Cigarettes Prescription-Only, Threatens One Year in Jail and/or $6K+ Fine


First they impose a heavy “sin tax.” Then they kick you outdoors. Then they ban you from certain public areas. Now this:

"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," Fox 12 Oregon reports.

“Other drugs and substances that are considered Schedule III controlled substances are ketamine, lysergic acid and anabolic steroids,” the report adds.

Should the bill pass, and even Rep. Greenlick doesn't think it will, offenders would face fines of up to $6,250, one year in jail, or both.

"I think it's pretty crazy," Juan Silva of Salem told the Fox affiliate. "I don't see it going through. It's going to be something to watch for, but I don't think it'll pass."

Of course, there are those who disagree with Silva’s take on the proposed legislation.

"I hope it passes and I hope people actually think about it," Rick Cannon of Salem told the Fox affiliate. "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."

You can read the entire bill here.

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