Oregon Petitions Planned For Pot-Legalization Measure


California has attracted national attention for a November ballot measure that could legalize and tax marijuana. The state’s northern neighbor, Oregon, may have a similar measure on its ballot, says Stateline.org, quoting Oregon Public Broadcasting. The Oregon secretary of state's office has certified a petition drive that would decriminalize pot if its supporters gather enough signatures – and votes.

The the measure would allow for the “cultivation and use of pot, under a system of state permits. It would create state-run stores where marijuana would be sold to adults, in part to generate revenue for Oregon’s general fund.” Supporters of decriminalization need to gather 82,000 signatures by July to qualify the measure for the November ballot. Oregonians approved medical marijuana at the polls in 2004.

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