Salem, OR: Oregon voters will decide this November whether to approve a statewide initiative to regulate the commercial production and retail sale of marijuana. State election officials announced on Tuesday that petitioners, New Approach Oregon, had submitted enough valid signatures from registered voters to qualify the measure for the 2014 ballot.
The proposed ballot initiative (Initiative Petition 53) seeks to regulate the personal possession, commercial cultivation, and retail sale of cannabis to adults. Adults who engage in the non-commercial cultivation of limited amounts of cannabis for personal use (up to four marijuana plants and eight ounces of usable marijuana at a given time) will not be subject to taxation or commercial regulations.
Passage of the initiative would not "amend or affect in any way the function, duties, and powers of the Oregon Health Authority under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act."
Alaska voters will decide on a similar legalization initiative in November. Florida voters will also decide in November on a constitutional amendment to allow for the physician-authorized use of cannabis therapy.
For more information, please visit: http://newapproachoregon.com/.