It’s Official: Oregon Legalization Initiative Qualifies For The 2014 Ballot

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director July 22, 2014

    Oregon voters will decide this November in favor of a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana.

    State election officials today announced that petitioners, New Approach Oregon, had submitted enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the November ballot.

    The proposed ballot initiative (Initiative Petition 53) seeks to regulate the personal possession, commercial cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Taxes on the commercial sale of cannabis under the plan are estimated to raise some $88 million in revenue in the first two years following the law’s implementation. Adults who engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis for personal use (up to four marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana at a given time) will not be subject to taxation or commercial regulations.

    Passage of the initiative would not “amend or affect in any way the function, duties, and powers of the Oregon Health Authority under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.”

    A statewide Survey USA poll released in June reported that 51 percent of Oregon adults support legalizing the personal use of marijuana. Forty-one percent of respondents, primarily Republicans and older voters, oppose the idea. The poll did not survey respondents as to whether they specifically supported the proposed 2014 initiative.

    Alaska voters will decide on a similar legalization initiative in November. Florida voters will also decide in November on a constitutional amendment to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis therapy.

    20 responses to “It’s Official: Oregon Legalization Initiative Qualifies For The 2014 Ballot”

    1. fireweed says:

      Gosh, now I don’t know where I’m going to spend my tourist dollars! So many choices emerging!

    2. Julian says:

      Aint that cause to Celebrate, by Julian.

      All across the border
      We got drug war refugees
      Chicago is out of order
      Kids say “Help” n Cops say “Freeze.”

      But we got the solution
      And cause to celebrate
      We can stop all the confusion
      Lets legalize and regulate

      Aint that what makes this country great?
      We can spend the revenue to educate.
      We can feed a child, scared and wild,
      Before its too late…

      Now aint this weed some cause to celebrate?

      Weve been gettin all the wrong prescriptions,
      Cuz weve been lettin hate vote politicians
      But if we took some time to grow
      And pass a little love, you know,
      Our health costs could finally disinflate,
      ..n Self medicate…
      Aint that cause to celebrate?

    3. phrtao says:

      What is needed now is a state with lot’s of sunshine to fully legalise. They will grow so much more weed when lighting and air conditioning are effectively free. I am betting on California in the next couple of years. How far away is interstate trading in cannabis products as well ?

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      “Forty-one percent of respondents, primarily Republicans and older voters, oppose the idea.”

      When voting time arrives anywhere in the country, NORML fans, the Republicans need to know they won’t get our votes unless they support reform. I don’t much like voting based on a single issue, but ‘to everything there is a season’. Looks like that ‘season’ has come to pass.

    5. Julian says:

      …And Florida’s
      Gonna change their Constituion
      The Governor’s
      Gonna lose his restitution
      And they’ll be growin marijuana
      Like Green on the Sunshine State…
      Now brother aint that cause to celebrate?

    6. Ray says:

      Now we will see an increase of illegal grow operations, large federal busts and people will get shot. Let’s make these grows legal, safe, regulated and tax payers for a drug that’s safer than falling cows. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/brazil/10177786/Brazilian-man-dies-after-cow-falls-through-his-roof-on-top-of-him.html

      This is how a small business gets started.
      Falling Cows – 1
      Cannabis Overdose – 0

    7. Fed-Up says:

      @phrtao,outdoor is totally different.

      A few years back,i got to try some outdoor Cali medical-OG kush ,that was grown in the lower foothill elevations.It actually looked and smelled like Thai weed,golden brown and spicy, almost like ginger,unlike indoor OG that is usually lime green with a citrus flavor.I think the high altitude UV light, brought out and activated different terpenes than what is normally found in indoor lighting.I googled OG, and found out that it has some ancestry from Thailand so i wasn’t just imagining this.

      Think of all the outdoor micro-climates that could be explored,across the globe,in the same way that grapes grown in certain regions, have been used for centuries to make the best wines.

    8. Good luck Oregon! Based on everything I’ve read it looks like it should pass. I really hope it does!

    9. Dennis King says:

      Good luck Oregon !

    10. Evening Bud says:

      Way to go Oregon! Good luck in Nov.

      @ Julian, cool poem/song.