Oregon Marijuana Legalization Measure Makes Ballot
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Oregon Marijuana Legalization Measure Makes Ballot
Posted by CN Staff on July 23, 2014 at 13:19:06 PT
By Maya Srikrishnan
Source: Los Angeles Times
Oregonians will be able to vote in November on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The initiative submitted by the marijuana reform group New Approach Oregon received at least 88,500 valid signatures to qualify for placement on the ballot, election workers announced Wednesday. “Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed,” Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday. “We can’t afford to wait -- more lives are being ruined, more money is being blown into the black market and police are more distracted from issues like violent crime. Oregonians are open to a new approach to marijuana and we are going to fight for every vote.”
The measure needs a simple majority to pass.If Oregon legalizes recreational marijuana, it would become the third state to do so, following Washington and Colorado, which both passed legalization initiatives in 2012. Alaska will also vote on a similar measure in November.Twenty-four states and Washington, D.C., have passed laws permitting medicinal marijuana use.The Oregon ballot measure, Initiative Petition 53, seeks to regulate the personal possession, commercial cultivation and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Under the plan, taxes on the sale of cannabis are estimated to raise about $88 million in the first two years following the law’s implementation.The proposal would allow adults 21 and older to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and to cultivate up to four plants. It would also give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission authority to oversee and regulate recreational sales, which would start in January 2016.Recreational marijuana would be taxed at $1.50 a gram or $35 an ounce, according to the initiative. That revenue from the taxes would go to schools, law enforcement, drug treatment programs and mental health programs.In a June poll in Oregon, 51% of those surveyed said they supported allowing adults to use, possess and grow marijuana for their personal use while allowing the state to regulate and tax it.A study released Tuesday by ECO Northwest, an economic analysis and advisory group, estimated that marijuana regulation in Oregon would generate $38.5 million in tax revenue in the first year of sales. Source: Los Angeles Times (CA)Author: Maya SrikrishnanPublished: July 23, 2014Copyright: 2014 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis  Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by runruff on July 23, 2014 at 19:39:17 PT
Mind if I tell a little story?
A true story: When I was a very young man I rode herds just to feed my horses because back then I was poor. There was a good cook named Justin, who was Italian by nationality but was about third generation Texan. He worked for a company I used to work for a lot. Once, on a drive, he decided to make spaghetti for the first time. He did not know the spices too well and so he over used a few. From that day after we called him, "Justin Thyme"!
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Comment #2 posted by runruff on July 23, 2014 at 17:59:50 PT
The Day the Worm Turned!
After 77 years of lies, propaganda, and outright tyranny, the people are taking their freedoms back! My thanks to all those who stood up when others were telling us to stand down. My condolences to the millions who have suffered at the hands of an overly zealous police state. I feel the shame and sorrow, we as a nation, have bestowed upon the innocents to benefit the wealth and power of a few. The war on pot [prohibition] has imprisoned millions of people and broken up countless thousands of homes and families, over a plant! This has been the most corrupt and destructive bit of legislation ever to issue forth from the dank pits of congress. Let Freedom Ring!
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Comment #1 posted by gloovins on July 23, 2014 at 17:39:03 PT
Defining the term excessive....
$1.50 tax per gram? What a colossally HIGH price to pay...sheeze....not me....
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