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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative Officially Qualifies For Ballot

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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.

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