Oregon Recreational Cannabis Amendment (2014)

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An Oregon Recreational Cannabis Amendment, also known as Oregon Cannabis Amendment, did not make the November 4, 2014 statewide ballot in Oregon as an initiated constitutional amendment.[1]

The measure would have amended Article I of the Oregon Constitution to allow adults aged 21 and older to use, possess and produce marijuana for recreational purposes. It would have also allowed the state to "reasonably define, limit and regulate the use, possession, production, sale or taxation of cannabis under state law." The measure's primary sponsor was Douglas Paul Stanford, along with The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp. Stanford was the lead petitioner on 2012's failed Measure 80, which sought to broadly legalize recreational marijuana.[2][3] Stanford and his group also sponsored the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act.[2][4]


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 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.[5]


The measure was sponsored by The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp and Douglas Paul Stanford.[2][4]

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See also: Amending the Oregon Constitution

Supporters were required to collect 116,284 valid signatures by July 3, 2014 in order to land the initiative on the ballot. No signatures were submitted for the measure.[6]

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