And Then There Were Three: Oregon to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November

  • by Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director July 13, 2012

    The Oregon secretary of state’s office completed the legalization trifecta this afternoon when they announced the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012 (OCTA) officially qualified for the November ballot. Oregon now joins Washington and Colorado on the list of states whose voters will have the opportunity to end cannabis prohibition this fall.

    Supporters ended up turning in 88,887 valid signatures, slightly over 1,000 more than required for qualification. The initiative will appear on the Oregon ballot as “Measure 80.” According to the campaign, Measure 80 would “regulate cannabis (marijuana) for adults 21 years of age and older, with commercial sales only through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of tax revenue, estimated at more than $140 million annually, would go to the state’s battered general fund. Seven percent of tax proceeds would go toward funding drug treatment programs, and much of the remaining revenue would be directed toward kickstarting and promoting Oregon’s hemp food, fiber and bio-fuel industries.”

    A June 2012 survey from Public Policy Polling showed Oregonian’s were split on the issue. 43% responded that they believed marijuana should be made legal, 46% believed it should remain illegal, and 11% were undecided.

    You can read more about Measure 80 at the campaign’s website or through their Facebook page. NORML will keep you updated as the campaign moves forward and expect more in-depth coverage on the initiative to follow shortly.

    77 responses to “And Then There Were Three: Oregon to Vote on Marijuana Legalization in November”

    1. Kyle says:

      Way to go Oregon! Now you just have to make the RIGHT decision!

    2. Justin says:

      This measure would legalize possession and small-scale home growing for adults, which I support. However, it would also give the state a monopoly over the legal marijuana business, just as they already have with liquor. This is a really bad model. It needs to remain in the private sector. Now here’s the kicker: the Federal government will absolutely not allow the State of Oregon to sell, regulate and tax pot. Period. As they have in Colorado and California, the Feds will threaten to press Federal drug trafficking charges against our state officials, and that will be the end of that. Hopefully the legalization of possession and growing will still survive Fed and court challenges, but the state government will not be getting into the pot business any time soon.

    3. dry-ass-state says:

      Oh Oregon, I knew you loved me! And it’s about G*dd!mn*ed m%th&r f*ck!ng time we have a thriving hemp business in this pathetic country. We spend millions and millions on hemp imports when we could be creating jobs enough to fill the industry and earn those millions and millions. Looks like in Oregon this will be as close as it was in California a few years back so try not to get too excited.

    4. expensive-ass-weed says:

      I’ve been out of weed for a week…fuck you Obama!

    5. expensive-ass-weed says:

      wish I had some weed…I’ve had to take up boozing!

    6. Sam says:

      Above the ignorance. One small step.

    7. budzs101 says:

      thanks everyone, speaks up

    8. David762 says:

      OMG! If this should pass, Oregon would shortly become the first State to fully recover economically, especially if they manage to pass legislation to create their own State central bank (like North Dakota’s). The Federal Reserve & Wall Street banksters will not like that development.

      That would put Oregon on the top of my short list of immigration destinations. California is too full of authoritarian globalist Democrats posing as populists.

    9. Mike says:

      Proud to be an Oregonian! =]

    10. Kollene says:

      Come on Oregon we got this far, let’s go all the way!