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Oregon Measure 91 Passes, Oregon Legalizes Recreational Marijuana

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oregon measure 91 marijuanaAccording to multiple media sources, people close to the campaign, and veteran activists in Oregon, Oregon Measure 91 has passed, making Oregon the third state to legalize marijuana. As a lifelong Oregonian, this is a day I have dreaming of for a long, long time. No longer will I have to live in fear of prosecution for consuming a plant that is safer than tobacco and alcohol. No longer will I have to see my friends get arrested for marijuana, especially my minority friends. After multiple attempts, and after a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, Oregon has legalized marijuana.

Wait until 2016 they said. 2014 won’t work they said. Voters rejected marijuana legalization in 2012, so 2014 won’t work either they said. Well ‘they’ can continue to think whatever they want. I will never forget right after Colorado legalized marijuana I was in Denver with a lot of members of the industry and some very high profile organization leaders. I witnessed the two initiators of Measure 91 tell one of those prominent organization leaders their intentions on running a legalization initiative in Oregon in 2014. That organization leader told them that if they waited until 2016, he would offer up his organization’s support. But if they went for 2014 defying his orders…he they ran his thumb across his throat as if to indicate that he would kill it. I wonder how that person fells right now…

The fact of the matter is ‘they’ were all wrong. People who said Oregon couldn’t do it in a midterm election don’t understand Oregon. It’s something I’ve pointed out over and over. For starters, Oregon has a very high voter turnout, even in midterm elections, compared to other states. That’s largely due to the fact that we allow vote by mail here. Also, Oregon elects its Governor in midterm elections, and considering how much both parties need to win the Governor race in Oregon, I knew that they would be doing everything they can to get people to vote, which helped Oregon Measure 91 no doubt. Are Presidential elections better? Of course. But are they so much better in Oregon that we needed to hold off and see tens of thousands more people arrested for marijuana? Nope. Below is a reaction from Tom Angell, the head of Marijuana Majority:

“With Oregon and D.C. coming on board, it’s clear that Colorado and Washington voting to legalize in 2012 was no anomaly. The trend is clear: Marijuana prohibition is coming to an end. As 2016 approaches, we can expect to see many more ambitious national politicians finally trying to win support from the cannabis constituency instead of ignoring and criminalizing us.”

Let Oregon be a lesson to other states. If you have a chance to win on Election Day, go for it, no matter what election year it is. Marijuana prohibition is wrong, and any year that it can be defeated is a year worth trying for. Oregonians will still have to wait awhile until they can legally possess 8 ounces of flower, and grow up to 4 plants per household. However, if Oregon is like Washington and Colorado, enforcement could be suspended any day, as there’s no point in busting someone for something that will be legal soon. Implementation of the legal limits should be July 1, 2015. Stores will take a bit longer, but the delay shouldn’t be as long as it was in Washington. From my friends at Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

Oregon’s Measure 91, to legalize, regulate and control marijuana, though predicted to be a tight race, won by a handy margin in a race called by the Oregonian early in the night. The new regulatory system will be overseen by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, in consultation with the State Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Health Authority and will allow adults over 21 to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and grow up to four plants. DUI and public consumption will still be illegal and localities may ban marijuana businesses through ballot measures. Revenue from the measure will first go to oversight of the industry and then to schools, mental health and drug treatment services, and local and state law enforcement.

Results for Measure 2 in Alaska, the other initiative to legalize, regulate and control marijuana have yet to come in.

“Having spent years as a prosecutor, I know that Oregon will benefit greatly from regulating marijuana, and that the example set here will influence future states in 2015 and beyond,” said Former Assistant State’s Attorney and Oregon resident Inge Fryklund.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of cops, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials who want to end the war on drugs.

I’ve never been prouder to be an Oregonian than I am right now. This is a truly historic day for Oregon, and I hope that adding my home state to the list of legal states will help build momentum for every other state that is sure to follow. A special thank you to Anthony and Travis for making this happen. I remember meeting you guys a couple of years ago and you expressing to me your desires to end marijuana prohibition in Oregon. That lunch meeting conversation at Bottles has become a reality, and I thank you both from the bottom of my heart. I still reserve the right to talk trash to you guys like you know I like to do, but know that no matter what I say, I bow to your guys’ activism skills! I want to thank everyone else from the campaign, the donors, volunteers, everyone that voted yes on 91, everyone else that made the victory possible, and especially my main man Jay Smoker, whose contributions to Measure 91’s victory will probably never be properly recognized or praised, but as a witness to the behind the scenes, I can honestly say that he deserves to celebrate this victory as much as anyone. I LOVE BEING AN OREGONIAN!!! VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. I smoked Marijuana once and liked it and fell in love with my wife.
    I drank whiskey once,and wrecked my car, got put in jail and vomited.

  2. Captain Obvious on

    Different routes of administration, ventilation, and a good air filtration system will make this happen. Edible shots and oils will be popular. I am confident the cannabis culture will find a creative solution so customers arent encouraged to leave outside constantly. From a business standpoint, I bet they sell more food and entertainment that way just like alchohol does today.

  3. Unfortunately they also re-elected Rick Scott for Governor, whose wife owns drug testing companies.

  4. Seattle has vaporizer rooms /coffee shops to imbibe. I don’t see why Portland’s city council can’t change zoning laws to include space for people to enjoy their purchases too. If you live in Portland call the mayor’s office. Be polite. Let them know what you’d like to see happen. Good Luck!

  5. hi, my best friend lives in lake Oswego and said just last week this would pass. right on all you guys!

  6. Im praying for ya. It seems to me that In. is going the other way by increasing penality’s. I use to exist there but left. I recently went back to visit friends and the town hadn’t changed a bit. I call the small southern town, “Twilight Zone”, because nothings changed in the past 30 yrs. Im in the same boat as I now live in Ky. and trust me, this state will be dead last in any legalization. West coast looks better all the time.

  7. Next is California in 2016, then the entire west coast of the United States will become the Cannabis Coast!

  8. Given that marijuana is virtually legal in CA, OR and WA close the gap, making marijuana legal all up and down the West Coast. That’s GREAT! I lived in CA until 2013, so I’m. missing out on some big changes there, but also looking forward to some upcoming measures in New England. There will be legalization referenda coming up in most of the Northeast states in ’16. I think we really need to make our mark in 2016, before the next president comes to office. He/she could put a stop to all this nonsense… (sic)

  9. Try a PenVape, you can toke on >65% THC CO2 extracted oil. I use mine medicinally, without being noticed, it comes with a USB charger, and it can be used as a tablet stylus. 91 is a great first step that we will have to follow-up to make the Cannabis plant as legal as corn or peppermint.

  10. Calm Your Tits... on

    You can enjoy the effects at all those places. When someone drinks alcohol at a restaurant, do the people in their immediate vicinity have the potential to get drunk? You will be allowed to have an open bag of weed in the cabin of your car, where you cannot have an open bottle of liquor, and there are many places you cannot consume alcohol in public. Nothing will ever be regulated exactly the same way, you should stop whining and give some thanks that we have come this far. Marijuana has negative effects too, not on par with alcohol, but some. Cool it with the negativity.

  11. I’d LOVE to have a toke… at the beach, my local park, my favorite nightclub, while tailgating at the 49ers game… no can do…. (legally). Shouldn’t have to hide in my house when people can legally consume POISONOUS alcohol in public places….

  12. Yes, Measure 91 becomes law on 12/4/14, but possession and home cultivation do not become legal until 7/1/15. I think this was written into the measure intentionally, to allow the Oregon legislature to make additional changes to the system if it so chooses as part of the 2015 legislative session.

    We have been working toward full legalization for years here in Oregon; another six months is not a big deal.

  13. Hate to piss on the parade, it’s STILL not legal like booze. You can’t enjoy it in restaurants or bars, at concerts or sporting events, at public beaches and parks. You still have to HIDE in your house to get high. This is complete BULLSHIT ! If people can consume TOXIC, ADDICTIVE and VIOLENCE INDUCING alcohol in all those places, we should have the RIGHT to get high in public. I guess this is a great “first step”… but COME ON PEOPLE, don’t stop the fight here ! http://www.VisitWeed.com

  14. indianstreamrepublic on

    I have to admit, I was one of the “they” people who didn’t think legalization would pass in either Oregon or Alaska. I’m very happy that I was wrong :) Congratulations from Sweden!

  15. Only because they needed 60%.. They got 58%.. That is a huge majority for this. I’d call it a win!

  16. Help Indiana please….there hasn’t been any help in the Hoosier state! I called the NORML office in Indy and was hung up on…WTF!
    Congratulations to all here at “TheWeedBlog” who supported these measures and have a heart filled with compassion!

  17. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. We saw the same with Colorado and Washington, it takes a while for the legal stores to open up but everything else is legal until then.

  19. There is a lot of misinformation going out that says the law won’t take effect until 7/1/15 and even 2016. This is untrue, those are dates for the OLCC. Individuals can begin growing their 4 plants and possessing their 8 ozs at home and 1 oz in public starting December 4, 2014.

    Spread the word and correct those who are spreading the wrong dates. Oregon law says all ballot measures take effect 30 days after they are passed by voters.

  20. stellarvoyager on

    I am so proud to be an Oregonian! Thank you to all who helped with this campaign! And thank you to The Weed Blog for your tireless coverage!

  21. I remember as a kid in 1970 hearing my folks say, “I hope they legalize it, but it probably won’t be in my lifetime.” They’re dead and gone now, and there are so many other dead people I know who never thought they’d live to see this day.

    I am so grateful I lived to see it. This day is for all of them…

  22. I am so happy. California, Oregon, and DC kicked absolute ass today. Time for some huge dabs!!!!!!!! Awesome work guys, I can’t stop smiling.

  23. A HUGE world wide congratulations to Oregon. And a HUGE thank you to The Weed Blog, with their millions of monthly views.

  24. I don’t know about anyone else, but I never had any doubts about Oregon. Congratulations. A truly awesome day.

  25. Hot damn. Congratulations Oregon, this is past good. Everyone who voted yes for marijuana is a winner in my book.

  26. I voted Yes for Alaska today!!! Fuck prohibition! I hope it passes here, but it’s going to be close with all the damn republikkkans.

  27. Its amazing and I’m pinching myself and still nervous. I have hoped for this since the 80s… way to go. Thank you for all your hard work!

  28. We did it! It is a great day to be an Oregonian. Thanks to all who knocked on doors, donated to Measure 91 campaign, worked the phones, and got their ballots in by 8 pm. Well done, Oregon! The stupid war on marijuana is finally over in our state.

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