Oregon Marijuana Legalization Amendment (2012)

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A Oregon Marijuana Legalization Amendment, also known as Initiative 24, did not make the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure was sponsored by Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement, which is directed by Robert Wolfe.[1]

Text of measure

The official ballot title was:[2]

Amends Constitution: Allows adult marijuana use, possession, production, except actions endangering children, public safety; state may regulate

Result of "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote amends constitution, allows adult (21 and older) marijuana use, possession, and production; except actions that endanger children or public safety; state may regulate.

Result of "No" Vote: "No" vote retains laws prohibiting possession, manufacture, delivery of marijuana, except when used under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act to treat a "debilitating medical condition."

Summary: Under current Oregon law, possession, manufacture or delivery of more than one ounce of marijuana, possession or delivery of less than an ounce within 1,000 feet of a school, are criminal offenses; possession of less than one ounce, or delivery of less than 5 grams, of marijuana are violations; Oregon Medical Marijuana Act regulates use, possession and cultivation of specified amounts of marijuana for treatment of a “debilitating medical condition” (defined). Measure amends Oregon Constitution, allowing use, possession and production of marijuana by adults (21 and older), except for actions that endanger minors or public safety; state may enact laws and regulations consistent with amendment to reasonably define, limit and regulate the use, possession, production, sale or taxation; effective six months after enactment. Other provisions.

Path to the ballot

See also: Oregon signature requirements

In order to qualify for the ballot, supporters were required to collect a minimum of 116,283 valid signatures by July 6, 2012.

On May 18, 2012, Citizens for Sensible Law Enforcement submitted 10,000 signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State as part of a preliminary signature check due on May 25.[1] On July 25, 2012, the Oregon Secretary State reported that the measure had only turned in 90,778 valid signatures and therefore failed to qualify for the ballot.[3]

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