marijuana election 2014
Ending Marijuana Prohibition

Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Qualifies For Ballot

marijuana election 2014It’s official – Oregon voters will get the chance to vote on marijuana legalization again this year. Oregon joins Alaska for qualifying a marijuana legalization initiative for the 2014 Election. I’m hopeful that Washington D.C. will also qualify, which seems likely based upon the number of signatures they submitted. As a lifelong Oregonian, I’m ecstatic that Oregon will get to vote on legalization again. The 2012 initiative had a laundry list of issues that prevented it’s success. The 2014 version will not have those same issues. Below is New Approach Oregon’s press release announcing the qualification:

It’s official: Oregon voters will decide in November whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over.

The Oregon Secretary of State has certified that the New Approach Oregon petition campaign has turned in enough valid signatures to qualify the Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act for the November ballot.

The New Approach campaign is celebrating today’s achievement by hosting it’s first voter registration canvass led by young Oregonians who will be decisive in winning a new approach to marijuana.

“This is our moment to be part of history and lead a movement,” said Dominique Lopez, metro regional organizer for New Approach Oregon. “Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, but together we can win a more sensible approach and better the lives of Oregonians.”

WHAT’S NEWS: Marijuana regulation officially qualifies for the November ballot. Campaign hosts its first canvass since qualifying.

WHAT’S HAPPENING: 10-minute press conference where attendees will hear a campaign update from young voters who will be decisive to a victory for sensible drug policies.

WHEN: Today, 2 p.m., July 22.

WHERE: Pioneer Square, 701 SW 6th Ave., Portland, Ore.

Today’s announcement comes almost exactly two weeks after Washington state began regulated sales of marijuana. New data shows that Washington state has received $318,000 in excise taxes in the first 10 days of regulated marijuana sales.

The proposed measure in Oregon would allow for licensed and regulated cultivation and sales of marijuana. Sales would be taxed to generate money for schools, state and local police and drug treatment, prevention and mental health programs.

  • Rob Saxe

    The Washington version seems kinda dumb with no cultivation included… Good luck Oregon!

  • bob3434

    It looks like more people may vote with their feet in neighboring states if this passes.

  • JesterDev

    Great news! Have plans on moving there someday, but didn’t want to leave Colorado with the new laws in place down here. Hopefully they allow private growing!

  • mlc

    Why buy what I can grow? And what good would it do for the proto-para military civil police force to raid my crop if they can’t steal “Monet” I don’t have? Just say organic! And grow your own cannabis and share with others who will share with your. And watch out for Big Agro company trying to lay claim to all seed stock. They did it to the soybean farmers and Big Agro will try to do the same the cannabis grower of all sizes. Let get proactive before they start. Create and save your seed stock!

    • Bongstar420

      What about the rest of the plant kingdom?

  • mike1188

    Good luck Oregon, Alaska, and Washington DC. Hopefully my state of Michigan will figure it out soon and get new marijauna legislation on the ballets

    In another note to the State of Washington and the tragity of losing your homes and Loved ones to that horrible fire.please be safe all of our hearts go out to you

  • MrPC

    One or two more states will push us over the tipping point. In five years, only the most conservative states will still have prohibition. Then what, Ms Leonhart?

  • stellarvoyager

    Like!!