Oct 162014
 October 16, 2014

new approach oregon marijuana legalizationTomorrow, moms from Oregon, Washington and Colorado will speak about why they are supporting Measure 91, which would regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older.

Colorado and Washington are already experiencing successful results from their approval of the regulated use of marijuana. Arrests are down for minor marijuana violations, teen use and access to marijuana is down, and traffic fatalities are down in both states. These communities are safer, and their children are safer, which is why a growing group of moms have come out in support of Measure 91 to legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Oregon.

WHAT:
Moms from Oregon, Colorado and Washington speak in favor of Measure 91 to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana for adults 21 and older.

WHEN:
Friday, October 17, 2014
10:00 am

WHERE:
Yes on 91 Headquarters
1020 NE 2nd Avenue
Portland, Oregon, 97232

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  12 Responses to “Moms To Speak In Support Of Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative”

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    Confidently voting yes on 91!

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    We are not legalizing for kids. Currently it is so available to kids that studies don’t just ask if they can get cannabis, they ask how many hours it would take them to get it. A third of teens say it would take less than a few hours. The federally funded Monitoring the Future Survey reports about 85% of high school seniors find marijuana “fairly easy to obtain”. Their figure has changed little since 1975, never dropping below 81% in three decades of national surveys.

    Regular teen access will not increase with legalization, and will likely decrease as the main supply channels are moved above ground where they can be easily monitored. At the very least we would take the cannabis they are getting from the criminal drug dealer of unknown character, with unknown potency, unknown purity (it could be laced, contaminated, etc), who never ID’s, and put the supply in the hands of licensed, regulated, retailers who are not going to try and also sell hard drugs, or even have access to hard drugs.

    The federal organization SAMHSA has shown that, despite greater acceptance and more lenient laws, the perceived availability of cannabis to youths aged 12 to 17 has dropped from 55% in 2002 to 48.6% in 2010. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have shown that medical marijuana laws have not led to increased teen usage [Choo et al. 2014; Lynne-Landsman et al. 2013; Harper et al. 2012; Anderson et al. 2012].

    Teen usage dropped in Portugal since they decriminalized in 2001. The Netherlands have tolerated sales for years in ‘coffee shops’. Both countries have lower usage rates, 3.3% and 5.4% respectively, than the U.S. which is 13.7%. Note that in the same time frame in which the war on drugs has been waging, tobacco use has dropped from about 45% to 18%, without criminalizing millions of tobacco users, whereas cannabis use went up.

    This peer-reviewed study has shown that lenient cannabis policies are not associated with elevated adolescent use:

    the data provide no evidence that strict marijuana laws in the United States provide protective effects compared to the similarly restrictive but less vigorously enforced laws in place in Canada, and the regulated access approach in the Netherlands.
    Simons-Morton et al. Cross-national comparison of adolescent drinking and cannabis use in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. Int J Drug Policy. 2010.

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    Bravo to these moms for stepping out, but aren’t they preaching to the choir holding this event at Yes On 91 Headquarters? I know I am a little late to this party because I stepped out for a few days, but it is driving me crazy that most political events, (like this one) are held with an audience of people who are already supporters. I wish they had gone to a school, a mall, a park with a playground, or anywhere where there would be parents who are on the fence about this issue, or to reach those who have been misinformed. They are the ones we need to turn to the light. Jeeze. None the less, I hope it went well.

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    Just received my ballot today, voted yes on 91, and dropped it off at the official ballot drop box. So all of those pollsters can count me as a “likely voter.” Now let’s get out the vote and do this!

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    I need more information. I would like to know, as I am unclear on this issue: Are we being asked to vote for anybody and everybody who wants it to be able to grow anywhere 8 plants and have 8 oz. of weed; and how would this affect a medical marijuana user who has already spent money on the Dr. and to the State? If we can’t grow where ever we want to, then are we still left to figure out a grower, and a grow site; or is this being put in the hands of someone else and we will always have to go to the “store” (if you will) to purchase this for a growing dollar value? I do not know if I articulated this well for this purpose, but am hoping you all will find a way to respond kindly.

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      Hi NaturalHerb,

      Only adults 21 and older would be able to grow and consume cannabis recreationally. Medical users under 21 would not be affected by this rule.

      Measure 91 does not alter the medical marijuana program, so med MJ users would not be affected. The home grow limits and rules, and personal possession limits of people in the OMMP would not change. The fees for OMMP would also not change. Medical cannabis would also not be taxed under measure 91. So basically if you’re already in the OMMP, things like where you could grow and how much, and who could grow for you, what you pay per ounce, etc., would be the same as they are currently. Measure 91 was specifically written to dovetail with the OMMP, not subvert it. In fact, it could help some low income medical patients get access, who otherwise couldn’t afford the doctor’s visit and the annual registration fee of the OMMP.

      The limits for recreational users are: 4 plants per household for home growing, 8 ounces possession of dried flowers at your residence, and one ounce limit on your person when traveling. There are other limits for cannabis in edible or liquid forms.

      There is a flat $35/oz tax for recreational retail sales. The projected cost to consumers is around $140/oz for retail recreational herb. Medical dispensary herb would cost the same as it does now.

      Basically, what measure 91 does is allows consumers without a medical card, such as myself, to be able to access cannabis safely and legally, without having to pretend that we have some medical condition in order to avoid being prosecuted.

      Hope this helps.

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        Yes, this does help. Thank you for your time in making this reply. I am a representative for my husband who is disabled, and does use this medicinal herb. I am skeptical because; we the people somehow manage to lose something, so am glad to know that the average person, of age, can have access. I think this will cut down on a lot of problems, as long as seeds are still available to the people, without a lot of trouble, and fees. I hear a lot about our seeds for food, in general. We have to purchase them in order to grow food, because the food we grow will not produce a favorable seed, as the reproducing seeds have been manipulated out.

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          Sure, you bet. I think people will also be able to buy cuttings/clones, and the tax for them is different, something like $5 per clone. Of course, once you have clones, you don’t need seeds to grow it any more because you can just make another cutting.

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        I must say though, that if I had to pay this $140 oz for my husband to have his medicine, he would not have it, as we can not afford that.

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          Hi again,

          Medical card holders will continue to pay the same price as they do now. $140 is the projected cost for recreational, which includes the tax that medical people won’t have to pay. Most of the dispensaries in my area charge about that much or more anyway, although there is one that opened recently that gives out free cannabis to low income patients every Wednesday. Also, you or some other designated caregiver will still be able to grow with the same limits that OMMP people get today under measure 91, so whatever arrangement you have now, you would still have that arrangement as long as he has a card.

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      Hello once again,

      Just for some additional info, I found this statement in support of measure 91 from one of the chief petitioners of 1998’s measure 67, the Oregon medical marijuana act.

      voteyeson91.Com/examination-room-sanctuarythe-war-drugs-belong/

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