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Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced in Oregon

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Communications Director February 26, 2013

    Legislation has been introduced in Oregon by the House Committee on Revenue that would legalize and regulate the adult use of marijuana.

    House Bill 3371 would establish a regulatory system, similar to the one in place in the state for alcohol, for the cultivation, production, and sale of cannabis to adults over 21. Adults would be allowed to possess up to 24 ounces of usable marijuana and grow up to six plants in their homes, in addition to purchasing it from regulated retail outlets. You can read the full text of the legislation here.

    If you needed any further proof that elections have consequences, we now have a total of seven legalization bills pending in state legislatures, whereas we rarely had even one in previous years. The voters in Colorado and Washington set the ball of legalization rolling down hill and it seems unlikely to slow down anytime soon.

    If you live in Oregon, please click here to quickly and easily contact your elected officials in support of this legislation. If you don’t live in Oregon, click here and see if there is any pending marijuana law reform legislation in your state.

    OREGON: CLICK HERE TO CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IN SUPPORT OF HOUSE BILL 3371

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    73 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced in Oregon”

    1. Jon says:

      We need this to happen in Canada.. specifically Ontario. I’m happy for the States that they are making progress in the fight to legalize Marijuana, but at the same time I’m pissed and super jealous of you guys for that! lol

    2. Rah Lam says:

      24 ounces?…that gotta be a typo..gotdam..

      [Editor’s note: Indeed! Medical patients in OR can possess up to 24 ounces of cannabis for their personal use. It is because of this high weight threshold that NORML believes that OR medical patients/providers are not as harassed as patients/providers previously have been in states like CA, WA and MT.]

    3. Angi says:

      A BIG THANK YOU TO NORML FOR ALL THE HARD WORK YOU DO!
      ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU TO COLORADO AND WASHINGTON FOR WAKING UP THE USA!!! PLEASE DON’T GIVE UP!! WE ARE WINNING THIS FIGHT, CAN NOT STOP NOW!! LEGALIZE USA!!!

    4. Don Berry says:

      It’s a regulatory system similar to alcohol except there’s no limit on the amount of that much more problematic drug an adult can possess, And I’ll bet the regulated retail outlets for cannabis don’t include every corner market and grocery store.

      Still, this is real progress and most of us can easily live with those conditions. I wonder, however, if at some point the comparatively open access to much more dangerous alcohol and tobacco products will be recognized as inconsistent by legislators.

    5. kane says:

      Federal legalization is very near an everyone knows there is no stopping it now!!!

    6. Trevor Kiel Ballard says:

      Don, here in Oregon, hard alcohol is only sold in state run stores–that is where cannabis will be sold.

      The non-commercial regulations are the same as our medical–six mature plants and 24oz (currently, the best in the nation.)

      I hope that the national laws (when passed) do not lower the limits–because, while I would prefer no limits on non-commercial (as was in our ballot measure) at least six and 24 are functional.

    7. Miles says:

      Thank you NORML! I wish I could afford to donate more money but I barely make it from paycheck to paycheck… Those who can afford it should donate as much as possible to this wonderful organization. Without NORML helping to spread the truth about cannabis, we’d be living in even more of a police state in this country than we currently are.

      I’ve sent numerous email’s to Virginia’s leaders about prohibition but don’t ever get any response… I get the impression they are happy continuing to lock people up for marijuana while condoning alcohol and cigarettes.

    8. phrtao says:

      I agree with @Don Berry above it cannabis still going to be more heavily restricted than alcohol. People will still be under the misapprehension that cannabis is bad for you and alcohol is OK (people often add a qualifier such as “..in moderation”). It will take a long time for cannabis to prove itself. People cannot believe that all those years of lies were really just lies because no one is being brought to account for perpetuating them. Scientific Institutions, Medical Organisations, Educators, Politicians, Law enforcement, Religious Institutions have all been guilty of telling lies – that is the real problem to overcome. It rips society apart from within.

      After all that I need to get stoned 😯

    9. Corluna says:

      Good sight Phrtao.

    10. Jose says:

      I hope everyone spreads the message of legalization to their friends, family, legislators, etc.

      We cannot hope to permanently, at all governmental levels, legalized marijuana without the support of the masses.

      It doesn’t take much to reach out and share truthful information. Take a few minuets every day to try to inform someone on the truths of marijuana and the benefits of legalization.

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