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Oregon House Judiciary Committee Approves Measure to Legalize Marijuana

Today Oregon’s House Judiciary Committee held a public hearing to discuss House Bill 3371, and approved the measure with a 6-3 vote, sgir-046ending it to House Revenue Committee. The measure, titled the Control, Regulation and Taxation of Cannabis Act, would legalize the personal cultivation of up to 6 plants, and the personal possession of up to 24 ounces for adults, while establishing state-licensed retail outlets to sell cannabis.

The measure, which would also explicitly legalize hemp, would take effect on July 1st, 2014.

Proponents of last year’s Measure 80 to legalize marijuana in Oregon which narrowly failed in last year’s election, have announced that they’ll be running initiatives aiming at the 2014 ballot if the legislature fails to act on this bill.

“This is an excellent opportunity to regulate marijuana similar to how the state regulates alcohol”, stated Anthony Johnson of New Approach Oregon during the hearing. “Currently prohibition costs too much money”, he continues, “[This bill] would generate millions of dollars to the state of Oregon, create jobs, and divert that money to help fund education and public safety.. We hope that the legislature take this bill seriously”.

A representative for the polling firm DHM Research spoke on the statistics of marijuana reform in Oregon state, pointing to the fact that the legalization initiative Measure 80 would have likely won last year if they had further funding. The representative announced to the legislature new polling which finds that 50% in the state support legalizing cannabis, and 80% feel that legalization in Oregon is inevitable.

The measure now heads to the House Revenue Committee, where its passage would send it towards a full House vote.

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About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

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  1. Hope

    It’s about time someone realizes the positive effects that cannabis will have on our state.

  2. tyler thompson

    I think the legalization of cannabis is going to make Oregon’s unemployment rate decrease by at least 40% which mean’s more work for the unemployed Oregonians. In return bring more money to Oregon as a state.

  3. Ray ChristlTHC

    Thanks for your work on this vital issue. Let’s go Oregon !!!

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