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Two New Initiatives Filed In Oregon To Legalize Marijuana

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oregon marijuana legalization initiativesThe proponents of last year’s Measure 80 in Oregon – which would have legalized marijuana for adults but was narrowly defeated in the general election - have filed two new initiatives aimed at the 2014 ballot in an attempt to bring legalization to the state.

One of the two initiatives is modeled after Measure 80, with a couple changes designed to make the initiative more acceptable to voters: For example, Measure 80 allowed for the possession of an unlimited amount, whereas the newly-filed initiative sets a possession limit of 24 ounces, and private cultivation limit of 24 plants.

The 2nd measure is a constitutional amendment that legalizes cannabis. For this initiative to make the ballot, more signatures will be required, but if they’re collected and the proposal is approved, legalized marijuana would become a constitutional right in the State of Oregon, similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64.

Advocates will be required to collect 1,000 signatures for each proposal in order to receive an official ballot title from the state. After that initial hurdle, 87,213 signatures (or 116,284 for the constitutional amendment) will need to be collected for the measures to make the ballot.

According to recent polling, 57% of Oregon voters would approve a legalization measure similar to Measure 80 if the election was held today. Additional polling has found that 81% in Oregon believe that, despite their personal views, legalization is inevitable.

Source: The Joint Blog

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  1. I hope that the petitions can be downloaded rather than sending out costly packets – folks can print them out as needed, and pass them around.

  2. Johnny Bloomington on

    So you’ve changed your mind then? What about the whole mid-term argument were turnout isn’t as good? Is there out-of-state backers?

  3. Yes. 199 Oregonians arrested every month on felony possession charges (since over an ounce is a felony, under an ounce is a ticket) can’t wait til 2016.

    A state with a STRONG YES (51%) for generic legalization and 57% overall for specific legalization doesn’t need to wait for 2016.

    Thank the stars that Oregon, Alaska, and Washington followed up on California’s medical marijuana victory in 1996 by running initiatives in 1998, not 2000. How would the voting landscape have looked in 2000 with just one medical state and four years of focus only on California medical with all its loopholes and lack of regulation?

    California, now they need to wait until 2016. Huge state, millions of signatures and dollars needed. In Oregon, we got 89,000 sigs in 2012 on just $440K and pulled 46.5% support with poorly-written, wide-open, grow all the weed you like initiative. Now Oregon has better organization, better language, better funding, and more time. Oh, and a state within half hour’s drive of most of its citizens where marijuana is legal, pulling tax dollars and business across the Columbia River to benefit Washington State

    We can win it in 2014. And if not, 2016.

  4. My impression is that in Oregon the law makers are in awe of the initiative process and a grass roots movement may cause the legislature to do something on their own.

  5. Fried Frog Legs on

    The fight has to start now if this is to have a chance of being successful.

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