There are currently two legalization campaigns gathering signatures for the 2014 November ballot.

While a legalization initiative narrowly failed in Oregon back in 2012 new polling shows a majority of voters in the state back legalization this cycle.

According to a survey by DHM Research for Oregon Public Radio, 53 percent of voters in Oregon would support legalizing marijuana for adults age 21 and older. Only 38 percent of voters in the state oppose legalization.

Back in 2012 voters rejected ballot measure 80, Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, in a vote of 46.75 percent to 53.25 percent. That measure did suffer from criticism regarding its oversight provisions for the newly legalized industry.

It is very likely the people of Oregon will have a chance to vote on marijuana legalization again this year. There are currently two campaigns gathering signatures to make it on the 2014 November ballot. One campaign is offering an revised version of their failed 2012 ballot measure and the other is New Approach Oregon with an initiative similar to the Colorado law.

Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy

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Jon Walker

Jon Walker

Jonathan Walker grew up in New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2006. He is an expert on politics, health care and drug policy. He is also the author of After Legalization and Cobalt Slave, and a Futurist writer at

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