Oregon Vote Set On Mandatory Sentences, Pot Dispensaries


Oregonians will vote Nov. 2 on mandatory prison time for repeat felony sex offenders and drunken drivers, and state licensing of dispensaries for purchases of medical marijuana, reports Oregon’s Statesman Journal. The crime initiative would set a 25-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for repeat offenders in any of four felony sex crimes. It also would require a 90-day jail term for a third drunken-driving conviction.

The medical marijuana initiative would amend the law that voters passed in 1998. The law allows patients with specified medical conditions, or their designated caregivers, to grow marijuana – but it does not allow its sale. The initiative would enable the state Department of Human Services, which administers the current program, to license dispensaries where medical marijuana can be obtained.

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