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Oregon: Why 24 Ounces? CRRH Explains Possession and Cultivation Limits Proposed in 2014 Initiative

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Initiative 22, also known as the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, would legalize marijuana and set the limits of personal possession and cultivation at 24 ounces or 24 plants. The Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp, sponsor of Initiatives 21 and 22, this week addressed the reason for setting these limits.

"Twenty-four ounces is not an arbitrary number," said Jersey Deutsch, campaign director for CRRH. "If anything, the limits in place under Colorado and Washington law are unnecessarily low, and possibly detrimental for medical users who make their own medicine at home."

Michael Steinlage, development director for the campaign, added: "It is true that under OCTA the allowable limits of both possession and cultivation would be 24 ounces, but this amount is already the legal limit for OMMP cardholders. For many patients on limited budgets whose preferred method of ingestion isn't smoking, the creation of homemade extracts and edibles would greatly ease the cost of self-medication.

"It takes large amounts of the flowering plant to make relatively small supplies of edible goods or oils, and these items can be very expensive when purchased from dispensaries," Steinlage said.

For those who choose to grow their own at home, a yearly harvest of 24 ounces would provide 2 ounces per month of the cured flowering plant.

Oregon: Grassroots Cannabis Campaign Gathering Signatures

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Two cannabis legalization measures in Oregon are gathering signatures around the state. Initiative Petitions 21 and 22, the Oregon Cannabis Amendment and The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, are in the race for the July 3 signature deadline. Initiative 21 would end criminal penalties for cannabis, while Initiative 22 regulates and taxes cannabis, including hemp for industrial and agricultural uses.

"The people of Oregon stand with Initiatives 21 and 22 and they demonstrate this by getting involved," said campaign director Jersey Deutsch of the Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp (CRRH). "This is because our legislation puts an end to cannabis prohibition, ensuring no one in Oregon will be criminalized for cannabis again."

Currently CRRH has more than 20 staff members, 3,000 volunteers, and 6,000 independent Oregon donors, making them second only to Oregon United for Marriage with the largest volunteer campaign in the state.

"Volunteers join our campaign because they believe we must put an end to prohibition and criminalization, while ensuring citizens of all ages are free of cannabis related felonies," Deutsch said. "CRRH will continue the fight to end cannabis prohibition by mobilizing Oregon supporters, educating community members, fighting for patients, training and empowering volunteers, growing the campaign, and pushing legislation forward."

Sign the Petitions: I-21 and I-22: http://cannabistaxact.org/sign-petition/

Oregon: LEAP's Neill Franklin Supports Efforts To End Prohibition In 2014

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Since the Oregon Legislature's failure to refer the ballot a comprehensive marijuana policy, we've seen some unfocused reporting in the media. Initiative Petitions 21 and 22, supporters pointed out, are not just about the adult possession of marijuana but the failure of prohibition and the negative impacts that unnecessary enforcement and imprisonment has had on Oregon citizens, especially the youth and minority communities.

"Prohibition has never worked," chief petitioner Paul Stanford said last week, speaking with KPAM (AM 860) on the Mark and Dave Show. "This isn't about a right to possess or smoke marijuana, this is about the wrongs of criminalizing it and putting people in jail for it," Stanford said.

"We have a chance to represent the people of Oregon in their overwhelming support of ending marijuana prohibition," said Campaign Manager Jersey Deutsch, speaking from CRRH headquarters in Portland. "Our campaign has been actively engaging the public with our street canvass, and from countless conversations with both supporters and skeptics of marijuana legalization, the message is clear: prohibition hasn't worked in the United States, and it hasn't worked in Oregon."

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