Oregonians Will Vote On Marijuana Legalization In November

Jul 22, 2014

Oregonians will decide in November whether to legalize recreational marijuana. An initiative to do just that qualified for the ballot Tuesday.

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares to turn in signatures for verification in Salem last month.
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Oregonians could soon join their neighbors to the north by legalizing pot. Oregon's measure would go further than Washington's. It would allow people to grow their own marijuana. Like Washington though, the drug would also be available in state licensed stores. Peter Zuckerman is with the legalization campaign. He says the measure would bring in badly needed tax revenue.

"The current approach feeds the black market,” Zuckerman said. “That money is going to drug dealers right now and it could be going to more important things like schools and police and drug prevention."

Law enforcement groups in Oregon have expressed concern about the ballot measure. Both major party candidates for governor have also spoken out against it. A different marijuana legalization measure failed in Oregon two years ago.

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