Oregon Bill Would Make Cigarettes Controlled Substances

An Oregon lawmaker has introduced a bill that would make cigarettes a Schedule III controlled substance. That means it would be illegal to possess or distribute cigarettes without a doctor's prescription.

Other Oregon Schedule III drugs include ketamine, LSD, and anabolic steroids.

Sponsored by Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), the bill, House Bill 2077, would make violations a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum penalty of up to one year in prison, a $6,250 fine, or both. The same penalty would apply to both possession and distribution.

The bill directs the state Board of Pharmacy to "adopt rules to classify nicotine as a Schedule III controlled substance." It would also require people involved in tobacco transactions keep records and to "forward the records to the State Police if directed to do so by the department." Failure to do so would also be a Class A misdemeanor.

The bill had a first reading last week and has been referred to the speaker's desk for committee assignment. As of Thursday, it had not been assigned to a committee.

– Article originally from Stop the Drug War, used with permission.



  1. fireitupkansas on

    This guy must be completely brain dead. The people of Oregon needs to vote this guy out ASAP. To try and criminalize tobacco now after all these years is completely stupid. And this is what we pay politicians to do? Somebody tell this guy to get a life. Overhaul Congress. Overgrow the government.

  2. 2buds on

    I’ve often thought role reversal of Marijuana and Tobacco would be a good commercial or micro documentary for some aspiring young filmmaker. What if Tobacco had been prohibited in 1937 instead of Marijuana? Hard core Tobacco “heads” buying a baggie off a street corner from his “connection”. Small scale dealers could be traced back to Mexican Tobacco Lords. All of them horribly addicted. All with cancer or pre-cancer, emphysema, heart disease. Doctors trying to encourage smokers to switch to hemp ciggs before it’s too late. Treating cancers with highly refined hemp oil… sold at Wal-Mart. Comes delivered in a hemp plastic container Hempperware (not Tupperware), cause you can reuse it forever….

    ok, got an idea for a short story – gotta fly!

  3. Anonymous on

    Its time to start prohibiting those who wish to prohibit..

  4. Anonymous on

    I wonder how mitch greenlick got elected, and why he is not removed and replaced by someone who will represent the people’s best interest, why do we need to create a tobacco prohibition as if alcohol prohibition ever worked or drug prohibition, the government should not be our parents, controlling every aspect of our lives, are they really our caretakers, or did they award themselves the authority to run our lives.

  5. Tony Aroma on

    I have a feeling this is not a serious bill, but an attempt to make a point. At least, I hope.

  6. Paul Pot on

    One hundred years of failed Prohibition and this dork wants to do it again.
    Will someone please tell him Prohibiton does not work.