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.


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    73 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Measure Introduced in Oregon”

    1. Jeff says:

      Can someone from NORML tell me about the stupid state of Utah? Is it probably going to be the last to legalize Pot? How do you speak out without incriminating yourself? Do I have to move to a cool state that it’s voters know that Marijuana is safe. And to all those people who are against legalization of Marijuana and you drink alcohol, then I hope you drink yourself to death, then there won’t be anybody against smoking pot. HELP ME NORML!

    2. Beau says:

      I think the idea is great and the country seems to be moving towards the legalization of Marijuana, but as an economist I believe this bill is doomed. The main incentive for local governments to legalize marijuana is to collect tax revenue. The bill states that adults are allowed to grow up to six plants in their homes. In allowing adults to do so, this eliminates a portion of the market from purchasing the good and reduces tax revenue for state. Also, the federal governments primary concern is “leakage” from states legalizing marijuana. Allowing adults to grow their own product will only add to the federal governments concern of “leakage” due to the inibilty for the state to regulate the industry. The individuals writing this proposal really need to contact an economist to help after this one fails. More power to the state in terms of regulation and for generating tax revenue is what’s missing!

    3. mexwood says:

      My expectation is cannabis legalization will WIPE OUT hot burning overdose $igarette paper technology (replaced by vaporizersandone-hitters) and binge-drinking so it is moot whether you can find all the hooch you want, no one who KNOWS how to use cannabis will be interested in overdosing on any drugs.

    4. Ryan says:

      Im all for legalization, but why introduce legislation that has such obvious overreach that it will never pass?

      Seriously? (b) – (e)?? Employers should be allowed to say “sorry, you cant be intoxicated during working hours, and dont bring weed to work” – I can only imagine this sort of non-starter language is there to have something to negotiate away?

      (b) To prohibit an employer from prohibiting the manufacture, delivery, possession or use
      of marijuana in the workplace;
      (c) To prohibit an employer from adopting a policy that prohibits the use of marijuana
      by employees or independent contractors during working hours or that provides for the
      testing of the use of marijuana by employees or independent contractors;
      (d) To prohibit an employer from refusing to hire or engage an employee or independent
      contractor who uses or has used marijuana;
      (e) To prohibit an employer from terminating an employee or independent contractor who
      uses or has used marijuana during working hours;
      To prohibit an employer from prohibiting the manufacture, delivery, possession or use
      of marijuana in the workplace;

    5. Bear says:

      Michigan really needs this… we did some very good work last year, but we can improve. I know we have a Republican for a governor, but even the Republicans are weakening towards this issue.

    6. Johnny says:

      PA here, Thanks again NORML and everyone helping us responsible americans.

    7. JohneyHempSeed says:

      Time for my 1 acre of hemp to be planted soon hopefully if this pases! Also no more laced-with-meth ounces of weed from tweaker dealers! XD

    8. Joe says:

      Yes we will see the fall of prohibition of cannabis soon enough! What will people say in 50 years when we find out all the ailments this beautiful plant cures and does better as medicine than anything else we currently have? What if this plant contains the cure to many types of cancers and our government officials have suppressed its use for so long? I am so happy this day is coming so soon no matter how much the ignorant and corrupt don’t want it to.

    9. Big Herb says:

      This makes me happy :)

    10. Ben says:

      to phrtao
      I agree-
      however, the doors are opening
      and, in time, the truth shall prevail

      NORML to the rescue!

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