Legalized marijuana initiative on Oregon ballot, again
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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. 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.
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. 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. Supporters are now hurrying to register as many voters as possible before the election.
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.
- Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative (2014)
- Alaska Marijuana Legalization, Ballot Measure 2 (2014)
- Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Initiative, Measure 80 (2012)
- Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, Initiative 502 (2012)
- Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (2012)
On the ballot
- Oregon Open Primary Initiative (2014)
- Oregon Fund for Post-Secondary Education, SJR 1 (2014)
- Oregon Hiring of State Judges by National Guard and State Universities, SJR 203 (2014)
- Oregon Equal Rights for Women Initiative (2014)
- Oregon Alternative Driver Licenses Referendum (2014)
- The Daily Chronic, "Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for the 2014 Ballot," July 22, 2014
- KOIN 6, "Marijuana legalization in Oregon going to a vote," July 22, 2014
- Al Jazeera America, "Oregon to vote on legalizing recreational marijuana in November," July 22, 2014
- The Oregonian, "Initiative legalizing recreational marijuana use cleared for November ballot," July 22, 2014
- Associated Press, "Your vote: Oregon marijuana measure qualifies for November ballot," July 22, 2014
- OregonLive.com, "With national backing, marijuana advocates file legalization measure," October 25, 2013
- The Oregonian, "At marijuana legalization hearing, question is how much regulation should go before Oregon voters," November 22, 2013
- HeffX, "Recreational Marijuana To November Ballot In Oregon," July 23, 2014