Legalized marijuana initiative on Oregon ballot, again

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July 23, 2014

By Margaret Koenig

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Whether people aged 21 and older will be allowed to legally possess marijuana for non-medical purposes is now in the hands of Oregon voters, just like it was in 2012. Suspecting Oregonians may have rejected the previous marijuana legalization initiative due to the measure permitting possession of an unlimited supply of marijuana, the newly certified initiative draws the line at eight ounces. The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014 was certified by Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown (D) on Tuesday.[1][2][3][4][5] If approved by voters on November 4, the measure would legalize recreational marijuana for people ages 21 and older, allowing adults over this age to possess up to eight ounces of "dried" marijuana and up to four plants. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would be tasked with regulating sales of the drug.[6][7]

Two years ago, Oregonians rejected Measure 80, a similar, though slightly less stringent, marijuana legalization measure. Measure 80 would have allowed adults over the age of 21 to possess an unlimited supply of marijuana and given an industry-dominated board permission to regulate sales.[6] New Approach Oregon, the main organization supporting the initiative, hopes that this year's more stringent initiative will appeal to more voters. Additionally, the 2012 campaign lacked strong financial backing. This year, supporters are working with donors who backed the successful measures in Washington and Colorado in 2012.[5] Supporters are now hurrying to register as many voters as possible before the election.[8]

Oregon is not the only state that will be considering marijuana legalization this year. Alaska Ballot Measure 2 will decide the issue in that state on November 4, as well. Only one potential Oregon initiative's fate waits in limbo: the Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Initiative. That measure is the only remaining initiative to have submitted signatures awaiting certification.

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