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Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Qualifies For The November Ballot

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Oregon capital cannabisOCTA Officially Makes The Oregon Ballot

The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA) turned in 59,850 signatures into the Oregon Secretary of State’s office on July 6 and enough signatures were deemed valid, according to the Oregon Secretary of State, Election Division’s official Twitter feed which tweeted, “Initiative Petition # 9 relating to marijuana has qualified for the Nov. ballot.”

Oregon will join Washington and Colorado in voting to end cannabis prohibition this November. After the turn-in on July 6, OCTA supporters were confident of making the ballot. They turned out to be right and it is great that their hard work and dedication paid off.

“We believe we’re going to make it easily,” said Paul Stanford, OCTA co-chief petitioner, was quoted by Reuters after the signature turn in. Stanford has been working tirelessly on the measure for several years. OCTA would completely decriminalize personal use of cannabis by adults and establish a commission to regulate sales. The proposal would also legalize industrial hemp production under state law.

“We believe marijuana, hemp, cannabis is the oldest crop purposely cultivated by human beings. it’s also the plant that produces more food, fuel, fiber, and medicine, than any other plant on this planet,” Stanford toldOPB.

Win or lose at the ballot box, it is a tremendous accomplishment to make the ballot. Oregon, Washington and Colorado will certainly make 2012 a monumental year for the cannabis reform community.

UPDATE: Press Release from the OCTA campaign:

July 13, 2012

CONTACT:

Roy Kaufmann

Oregon Cannabis Tax Act

press@octa2012.org

503-473-8790

*Common-Sense Marijuana and Hemp Regulation Makes Oregon Ballot *

Portland, Ore. — Moments ago, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office
certified Initiative 9, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, which will appear as
Measure 80 on the Oregon ballot in November.

“Today is an historic day for Oregon and for the national movement for
common-sense marijuana policy,” said Paul Stanford, chief petitioner.
“Oregon’s long had an independent streak and led the nation on policies
that benefit the public good. Regulating marijuana and restoring the hemp
industry is in that tradition of independent, pragmatic governance.”

Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, would regulate cannabis
(marijuana) for adults 21 years of age and older, with commercial sales
only through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of tax revenue,
estimated at more than $140 million annually, would go to the state’s
battered general fund. Seven percent of tax proceeds would go toward
funding drug treatment programs, and much of the remaining revenue would be
directed toward kick-starting and promoting Oregon’s hemp food, fiber and
bio-fuel industries.

Regulating marijuana is also a more rational approach to decreasing crime
and improving youth and public safety.

“When the voters of Oregon pass this common-sense initiative, it will take
money right out of the pockets of violent gangs and cartels and put it into
the state’s tax coffers, where it can be spent on improving schools, roads
and public safety,” said Neill Franklin, the national executive director of
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a 34-year career
law-enforcement officer and veteran of narcotics policing in Baltimore.
“Plus, when cops like me are no longer charged with chasing down marijuana
users, we will be able to fully focus on stopping and solving serious
crimes like murders, rapes and robberies.”

And, taxing and regulating cannabis and hemp will create thousands of local
jobs, from agricultural jobs in Oregon’s hardest-hit rural counties to
manufacturing, engineering and professional services jobs around the state.

“We support Measure 80 because it’ll get middle-class Oregonians back to
work, it’s as simple as that,” said Dan Clay, president of the United Food
and Commercial Workers Union Local 555. “Whether it’s hemp biofuel
refineries on the Columbia River or pulp and paper mills in central Oregon,
hemp makes sense and fits Oregon’s renowned sustainability economy.”

“Whether you’re liberal or conservative, urban or rural, young or old,
regulating and taxing marijuana and hemp makes sense for Oregon,” Stanford
added.

To learn more about the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, visit www.octa2012.org.

This article was re-published with special permission from the National Cannabis Coalition

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.

15 Comments

  1. IMHO Cannabis is very misunderstood. From personal experience I can say that I have never had a negative reaction to cannabis and know that it has absolutely helped me sleep. I tried melatonin and that helped for about three days and then it just stopped working so I switched to nyquil and that just made my entire body feel jittery thus leaving me sleepy but very uncomfortable as well as unable to sleep as a result.

    It is nuts that things like alcohol and Cigs are completely legal and something that is so helpful and recreationally enjoyable is not. Isn’t it time to understand that the comment made by that officer is completely invalid, he stated that we are teaching our younger generation the wrong message by seeking the profits from cannabis sales….WHAT ABOUT THE ATF and their usable income from the taxes and regulations of alcohol and tobacco …seem a little hypocritical much???? HAVE YOU EVER TRIED IT, IF YOU SAY NO THEN YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT WHEN YOU DISAGREE WITH THE LEGALIZATION.

    The other half of the coin is that the industrial rendering of hemp fibers could be a major OREGON Niche and could dramatically help our economy. its time to get our heads out from the dark ages and realize that this is A. never going to go away and good people will continue to get arrested for NO REASON, and B. The information created by the government in the 60’s ( I could be wrong on the date ) was totally meant to deceive the American public, making them believe that “raging black men” and degenerates will cause major problems in the US and that coupled with many other lies including that it causes brain cell atrophy took place in monkeys under “normal” conditions (HAH!.. NOT), THEY PUMPED 60 JOINTS IN 5 MINUTES FOR 3 MONTHS STRAIGHT THROUGH A GAS MASK…if that isn’t oxygen deprivation I don’t know what is and that is the obvious reason for the killing of the brain cells.

    Please read OCTA and please stop standing in the way of a brighter future where GOOD people are not in fear of arbitrary arrest and jail time with actual scary people that SHOULD be in jail and are there for GOOD reason.

    THANK YOU and please think before you just call us a bunch of “stoner retards”. there are only a small number that go in that category, the rest are just like you and me and I BET YOU WOULD BE SUPRISED HOW MANY PEOPLE THERE ARE THAT PARTAKE IN THIS MISUNDERSTOOD AND WRONGFULLY DEMONIZED PLANT.

    AGAIN THANKS,

    US CITIZEN

  2. vibrantangel420 on

    I agree, I hope it goes through. I don’t votew unless something this important comes along. I will be at the poles in Nov.

  3. I give OCTA my full support, and will be actively pursuing every vote for it that I can muster up! I’m so happy that my home state of Oregon is getting to vote on such an important issue. I will always support anything that keeps one less person out of jail, and helps us get out of this economic crisis!

  4. The lottery was established in Oregon to help fund schools, roads, and bridges, too.. Boy, did that become a joke! We still have crappy roads, and bridges need repairs, but hot damn, get that light rail in to places where it isn’t desperately needed! Hope this goes through, and is right!!

  5. Congratulations Oregon Reformers! — You just increased our chances of re-legalizing marijuana in November by 50%.

    The long nightmare is ending!

  6. I hope this gets passed more then anything. It just makes so much sense to pass it, and no sense not too. We’re talking about tens of thousands of jobs, millions of tax dollars and allowing the law to focus on true evil…

  7. eating_sunshine on

    So Mr Green, as a citizen of Oregon, are you for or against OCTA? What are your orders sir?

  8. WE DID IT!!

    OCTA is probably the least restrictive legalization measure that will be voted on this year, giving adults the right to purchase or grow cannabis, and creates a special body just for figuring out how to get industrial hemp going in our state. It keeps all medical laws EXCEPT the costs (patients get tax-free cannabis). As far as I can tell, there are no limits for personal cultivation, and the only time you have to do anything special is if you want to sell.

    YES ON 80!!

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