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Legalization Measure Makes it to Oregon Ballot

A poster urges Orgonien voters to "sign here" in favor of Measure 91, which would allow adults to partake in legalized recreational marijuana.
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Legalization Measure Makes it to Oregon Ballot

Although a majority of Oregon voters rejected a similar measure presented about two years ago, it seems that a similar but different measure legalizing adult use of cannabis will be making its way to the ballots in November of this year.

New Approach Oregon, a cannabis reform group, filed Initiative 53 the earlier this year and it has now received enough valid signatures to qualify Measure 91 for placement on the ballot. The measure would allow the possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana to and by adults. Each resident could legally possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and cultivate four plants without breaking the law. Medical marijuana patients will still be allowed to possess up to up 24 ounces.

Similar to non-medical marijuana legislation laws in Colorado and Washington, Measure 91 will allow adults over the age of 21 to legally smoke cannabis and concentrates, consume edibles and use cannabis-infused topical products without a medical recommendation from a physician and a license from the state.

Under the proposed regulations, any sales would be subject to taxation. There are varying reports about the projected revenue cannabis will bring to the state. One report estimates the sales will raise about $88 million within the first two years following the measure’s implementation. While a study conducted by ECOnorthwest estimated that first year sales would bring in about $38.5 million in tax revenue, bringing the projected two year total to $77 million.

Cannabis would be taxed at $35 an ounce or about $1.50 per gram. Any money from taxes will go towards education, law enforcement and programs geared towards mental health and drug treatment. The new taxes would not affect the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

Residents of Oregon will be able to vote on the measure on Nov. 4, during the general election.  Although the Oregon Health Authority currently oversees the medical marijuana program, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission will regulate and oversee the recreational sales, which would begin in January 2016, if the measure is passed.

Do you think Oregon will be the next state to legalize cannabis for adults? Share your thoughts below.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Michael

    October 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

    May we all support making it legal {being of legal age} to grow and partake of Mother Earth’s gift to Us if We choose to do so. . .

    No wrong if you are against it. . . { Just don’t smoke it }
    Please just don’t vote against Oregon Citizen Rights…

    Peace-n-Love-n-Light To Us All,
    Michael and his Cat Harley The Bed Hogg

  2. Skip Shakro

    September 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I’m a honorable medically retired from a knee sustained in the line of duty.i attained the fank of Lieutenant as a Corrections officer.
    The amount of Jail space and cost reductions in housing cost there would be Plenty room for the killers thieves and all kinds of REAL CRIMINALS.
    IT JUST MY19 YEAR EDUCATED OPINION .
    GET OUT AND VOTE DANG IT. I TIRED OF BREAKING THE LAW TO GET MARAJUANA FOR PAIN MANAGEMENT OF 7 surgerys and two un related bullet holes and 8 motorcycle wrecks and related tramitic brain injury 10 yrs ago. God help us be able to get reliefe legally amen

  3. joe

    August 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    legalize it like tomatoes. why should a 60 year old need to buy his pot from a teen? vote yes. plant seeds everywhere, overgrow the corruption it’s not a crime to get high. it is criminal to continue the black market

  4. Linda Strunk

    August 8, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    I believe it should be legalized in the state of Oregon. It helps a lot of people,it’s just a plant that has been around for centuries. It is a lot safer to use than alcohol. When you drink, you’re impaired. But, when you smoke, you’re alert to your surroundings. I did a report on medical marijuana, and it was very interesting to find what it can do for ailments, cures. And what Hemp was made for and what can be made from it.And it does not lead to harder drugs, unless a person wants to be stupid.

  5. Ameliya Dukre

    August 8, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I did not expect it so significantly and positively to the population and it can even manipulate in the election

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