Oregon voters to decide on pot legalization in November

News Room Administrators Staff

Eugene, OR, United States (NewsBahn) – Oregon voters will head to the polls in November to decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana use for people 21 and over.

The New Approach Oregon campaign announced Tuesday that the initiative received the OK of the Secretary of State in order to go before voters.

“This is our moment to be part of history and lead a movement,” Dominique Lopez, metro regional organizer for New Approach Oregon, said in a statement. “Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, but together we can win a more sensible approach and better the lives of Oregonians.”

Under the proposal, a person could legally have up to eight ounces of marijuana at home and also up to four plants.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would then have the authority to oversee and regulate recreational sales, beginning the first of the year in 2016.

“With legalization initiatives qualified in two states — and another in (Washington D.C.) likely to be certified soon — plus several recent wins on the floor of the Republican-controlled U.S. House, 2014 is shaping up to be the biggest year for marijuana reform yet,” Tom Angell, founder of the Marijuana Majority, said in a statement. “If we win these legalization initiatives, it’s not only likely that more states will follow suit in 2016 but that presidential candidates on both sides of the aisle are going to see the value in being perceived as pro-reform.”

A previous vote for pot legalization was shot down by voters in 2012 by a 55 to 45 percent margin.

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