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The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

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  The big bucks keep pouring into Oregon ballot measure campaigns. The campaign to pass a recreational marijuana law similar to Washington’s got a big financial boost over the weekend. Even the less flashy top-two primary measure is rolling in out-of-state money.

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Washington's law legalizing recreational marijuana made its way into Idaho's gubernatorial debate on Friday. Idaho has not legalized pot in any form, unlike most of its neighbors. The candidates were asked if they'd be willing to change that.

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Some Oregon cities are setting themselves up for a possible legal battle if Oregon voters approve a marijuana legalization initiative this fall. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation. Several cities have approved or are discussing a local tax on legal weed if the measure passes. However, it's not clear whether those taxes will be valid.

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Oregonians will decide this fall whether to legalize recreational marijuana. Measure 91 would allow adults in Oregon to grow, possess, and sell marijuana under state regulation.

In 1973, Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana. But Oregon voters rejected a marijuana legalization measure two years ago.

Backers of this effort said the new measure is written to address concerns raised by opponents the first time around over regulation issues.

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Washington welfare cards were used twice in July to withdraw cash at newly opened recreational marijuana stores. That’s according to the Department of Social and Health Services. The agency says it has warned the card-holders and the stores and will continue to monitor for misuse.

Oregon State Already Preparing For Pot Sales

Aug 21, 2014
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The ballot measure to make recreational pot legal in Oregon won't be voted on until November, but the state is already preparing for its passage.

Oregon Pot Legalization Push Kicks Off Ad Campaign

Aug 18, 2014
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The campaign to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon is kicking off a multi-million dollar advertising effort Monday.

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Oregon’s legalized marijuana campaign says pot would generate about $39 million in tax revenue in its first year. Legislative revenue experts disagree. They say the money would be well below that at just over $9 million. The question is going before voters this fall.

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

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