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Oregon: Two Marijuana Initiatives Filed For State Ballot

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Hemp News and The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation (THCF) owner Paul Stanford has filed two new initiatives to legalize marijuana in Oregon.

One of the measures is similar to an 2012 initiative that fell short by just six points at the polls, but with a couple of major changes, reports Jeff Mapes at The Oregonian. The commission would no longer be chosen by cannabis growers, retailers and others in the marijuana community, but instead would be appointed by the governor, according to Stanford.

"In retrospect, [the commission proposal] was probably the most damaging thing in the campaign," Stanford said of Measure 80. The Portland-based president of the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH) said that a governor-appointed commission, in the new proposal, would poll better with voters.

The other major change from Measure 80, which would have allowed adults to possess unlimited quantities of marijuana, is that the new proposal would impose limits of 24 plants and 24 ounces of dried marijuana.

Stanford's second proposed initiative would constitutionally allow those 21 and older to possess and grow cannabis. It would allow the state to "reasonably define, limit and regulate" marijuana.

Stanford said he is working with a broad coalition of cannabis activists and will go ahead with whichever of the two legalization measures they decide has the best chance of passage.

Oregon: Marijuana Legalization Bill Puts Legislature On The Spot

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Measure 80, which would have legalized and taxed marijuana in Oregon, was defeated at the ballot box last November. But New Approach Oregon, a coalition of cannabis advocates, has now approached the Legislature and, in effect, asked for help in achieving the same goal.

The group has momentum and public opinion on its side, according to The Oregonian Editorial Board. While the advocates hope for a ballot initiative in 2014, their current vehicle is House Bill 3371, which got a hearing last week before the House Judiciary Committee.

It was sent from there to the House Revenue Committee, "where it'll have the substantial policy debate," according to Judiciary Chair Jeff Barker (D-Aloha). There's little hope that HB 3371 will pass, though, according to Barker, reports Yuxing Zheng of The Oregonian.

Since HB 3371 would tax marijuana as well as legalizing it, a three-fifths majority would be required in each chamber -- but securing even a simple majority would be challenging, since most lawmakers are skittish about pot legalization.

Oregon: Legislature Considers Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Oregon lawmakers are looking at a plan to legalize and tax marijuana under House Bill 3371, scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill would legalize the production, processing and sale of cannabis and cannabis-infused products, reports Yuxing Zheng of The Oregonian. Adults 21 and older would be allowed to grow up to six mature marijuana plants and 24 ounces of dried cannabis, the same amounts currently allowed for patients under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

The Oregon Health Authority would be in charge of licensing marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers under HB 3371. Meanwhile, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission would oversee the taxation of cannabis.

Marijuana producers would be taxed $35 per ounce under the bill. That money would go to a "Cannabis Tax Account," 40 percent of which would go to state schools, with 20 percent each going to Oregon State Police, the general fund, and services for mental health, alcoholism and drugs.

If passed, HB 3371 would take effect on July 1, 2014.

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