New Approach Oregon has collected enough signatures to put their cannabis legalization initiative to a vote this November, though they’ll continue to collect signatures through to their July deadline in order to guarantee that enough of the signatures are valid.
In total, New Approach has collected over 100,000 signatures for their initiative, spokesman Anthony Johnson tells us. They’re required to submit approximately 87,000 valid signatures by early July to put their measure to a vote this November.
If put on the ballot and approved into law, the initiative would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis and the cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants, in addition to authorizing state-licensed cannabis retail outlets. Cannabis would be taxed at $1.25 a gram, and $10 an ounce, with 40% of the taxes going to school funding, 35% to state and local police, and 25% to drug and prevention and mental health programs.
Johnson says that support among Oregon voters has been “tremendous”, and that he’s confident they’re prepared to vote in favor of their measure.
According to polling released last week, a majority of voters in Oregon (51% to 44%) would approve an initiative to legalize cannabis.