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Oregon Approves Marijuana Legalization

Oregon has become the third state to legalize marijuana. The voters of the state approved Measure 91. With 55 percent of precincts reporting the measure is at 54 percent yes to 46 percent no.

The measure is fairly similar to the law approved last election cycle in Colorado. It makes it legal for adults age 21 and over to possess, use and grow a limited amount of marijuana at home. It also created a taxed and regulated system for the retail sale of recreational cannabis. Marijuana will be subject to a tax rate of $35 per ounce and regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission

Oregon is so far the second major jurisdiction to vote for marijuana legalization today. Earlier the voters of D.C. approved initiative 71, which would legalizes the possession and home cultivation of marijuana for adults. The two victories prove there is real momentum for marijuana reform in the country.

Marijuana legalization is also on the ballot in Alaska but final results for that might not be known for a few days depending on how close it is.


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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