Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative (2014)
|Voting on Marijuana|
|Not on ballot|
If approved by voters, 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. Additionally, the measure would task the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulating sales of the drug. The initiative is being sponsored by the group "New Approach Oregon." Anthony Johnson, the chief petitioner, hoped legislators would refer the measure to the ballot, however they failed to do so before the 2014 session ended on March 10, 2014.
The 2012 elections proved to be groundbreaking for marijuana legalization support groups. Voters in Washington approved Initiative 502, thereby legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Coloradans followed suit when they approved Amendment 64 during the same election. However, voters in Oregon 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.
Text of measure
The certified ballot title reads as:
|“||Allows possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, taxation||”|
The initiative is being sponsored by the group "New Approach Oregon."
Path to the ballot
Supporters had to collect 87,213 valid signatures by July 3, 2014 in order to land the initiative on the ballot. The version of the proposed initiative been circulated for signatures was the second version submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State by supporters. The first version, proposed initiative number 37, faced a legal challenge to its ballot language, which delayed its certification for signature gathering. After the current version, proposed initiative number 53, was submitted and approved for circulation, the petitioners withdrew proposed initiative 37.
Supporters of the initiative began collecting signatures on April 17, 2014. They announced that they had gathered 145,000 signatures on June 26, 2014, and submitted them to the secretary of state on the same day.
- Oregon Recreational Cannabis Amendment (2014)
- Oregon Recreational Cannabis Tax Act, Initiative 22 (2014)
- Washington Marijuana Legalization and Regulation, Initiative 502 (2012)
- Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative, Amendment 64 (2012)
- Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Initiative, Measure 80 (2012)
- Full text of proposed initiative 53
- Certified ballot title and summary for proposed initiative 53
- New Approach Oregon
- The Register-Guard, "EDITORIAL: 2014 ballot takes shape; number of ballot measures well below average," July 9, 2014
- The Oregonian, "From marriage to marijuana, Oregon facing flood of hot-button ballot measures next year," October 26, 2013
- 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
- Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division, "Detailed Information For : 53/2014," accessed June 7, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Oregon Secretary of State, Elections Division, "Detailed Information For : 37/2014," June 6, 2014
- Cannabis Culture, "Will Oregon Have Three Marijuana Initiatives This Year?" March 20, 2014
- OregonLive.com, "Marijuana legalization campaign in Oregon will begin collecting signatures Thursday," April 16, 2014
- Associated Press, "Pot advocates deliver petitions for Oregon ballot," June 26, 2014
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