Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative (2014)

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An Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative, also known as Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014, will likely appear on the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[2]

Background

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.[2]

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The certified ballot title reads as:[4]

Allows possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana by/to adults, subject to state licensing, regulation, taxation[5]

Support

The initiative is being sponsored by the group "New Approach Oregon."[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Oregon

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.[6][7]

Supporters of the initiative began collecting signatures on April 17, 2014.[8] 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.[9]

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