Marijuana Legalization Officially Makes the Ballot in Oregon
Its official, the people of Oregon will be voting on marijuana legalization this November. On Tuesday Secretary of State Kate Brown declared that Initiative 53 had enough valid signatures to qualify for the general election ballot. From her twitter:
The initiative is from the New Approach Oregon campaign which turn in its signatures last month. The measure is roughly modeled after the new laws in Colorado and Washington State. If approved the initiative would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana in Oregon.
Possession and limited home growing would be made legal for adults 21 and over. The law would also create a regulatory system for the production and retail sale of marijuana. A new tax would be imposed on the adult use of marijuana with the revenue generated from it going towards education, substance abuse treatment and law enforcement.
There is a very good chance it will be approved. A poll from Oregon Public Broadcasting found 54 percent of Oregon voters support legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and over.
Oregon is now the second state with marijuana legalization on the ballot. Earlier this year a similar measure was placed on the November ballot in Alaska.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy