Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Put Cannabis Legalization on Ballot This November

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Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee Votes to Put Cannabis Legalization on Ballot This November

Yesterday Oregon’s Senate Judiciary Committee voted 3 to 2 to put Senate Bill 1556, a proposal to legalize recreational cannabis, to a vote of the people this November. saved18The measure will soon be assigned to its second committee, where its approval will send it to the full Senate.

If approved into law, Senate Bill 1556 would legalize the possession of up to 6 ounces of cannabis (initially it would have been 8 ounces, but it was amended), as well as the private cultivation of up to 3 plants, for those 21 and older. In addition, state-licensed cannabis retail outlets would be legalized, with the legislator tasked with establishing a regulatory system.

Recent polling has found that 63% of those in Oregon support cannabis legalization, indicating that the proposal has a good chance of being approved if put on the ballot.

If approved, Senate Bill 1556 would go into effect January 1st, 2015.

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5 Comments

  • Duane Grindstaff
    February 14, 2014

    This can make me proud to be from Oregon.

  • Nebula Haze
    February 15, 2014

    Go Oregon! Will you be the 3rd state to legalize cannabis for adults, or will Alaska beat you to it?

    • scott steven
      February 16, 2014

      Alaska is scheduled to vote in August. Rhode Islands politicians have introduced a bill to legalize recreational so if they pass it before August they will be 3rd.

  • bongstar420
    February 19, 2014

    There is at least three other initiatives in Oregon. One is a constitutional amendment. They are all reasonable

  • Golden
    February 21, 2014

    I’m all for complete legalization, but we must read the fine print and make sure medical marijuana stays in place. We don’t want to end up like WA. State….

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