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Oregon Lawfulness of Oleomargarine, Measure 4 (1924)

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The Oregon Lawfulness of Oleomargarine Act, also known as Measure 4, was on the November 4, 1924 ballot in Oregon as a veto referendum, where it was defeated, thus overturning the legislation. The measure would have outlawed the manufacture, sale and exchange of butter substitutes composed of vegetable fat, non-pure milk and adulterated milk.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 4 (1924)
Defeatedd No157,32463.20%
Yes 91,597 36.80%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

Referred Bill - Referendum Order by Petition of the People

Referred by Associated Industries of Oregon, 702 Oregon Building, Portland, Oregon: Geo. G. Guild, President; C. M. Egbert, First Vice-President; W. F. Prier, Second Vice-President; E. C. Pape, Secretary, all of Portland, Oregon. - OLEOMARGARINE AND CONDENSED MILK BILL - Purpose: To make unlawful the manufacture, sale, exchange, etc., of the following: 1. Any substitute for butter containing mille or milk products and also containing any vegetable fat. 2. Any condensed or evaporated milk, containing any vegetable fat. 3. Any substitute for butter containing milk or milk products, unless the milk therein is pure, clean, fresh, unadulterated milk from which no cream or butterfat has been removed. 4. Condensed or evaporated milk, or any substitute therefor which contains, or in making which is used, milk which is not pure, clean, fresh, healthful and unadulterated.
Vote YES or NO.

306. Yes

307. No


Path to the ballot

Measure 4 was filed in the office of the Secretary of State by the Associated Industries of Oregon on May 7, 1923.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Oregon State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed November 13, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.