Oregon’s Largest Newspaper Endorses Cannabis Legalization Initiative Measure 91
The Oregonian, Oregon’s largest newspaper, has officially endorsed Measure 91, a proposal on this November’s ballot which would legalize recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.
“Measure 91, far from revolutionary, would simply allow Oregon adults to obtain something they may obtain now, but without having to stroll through a “medical” loophole or drive over a bridge to a neighboring state”, states the editorial, written by the Oregonian Editorial Board. “The measure would be worth supporting for reasons of honesty and convenience alone, but it also would raise millions of dollars per year for schools and other purposes. For that reason, it deserves support even from those who aren’t normally high on taxes.”
Although the Oregonian supporting Measure 91 isn’t exactly surprising considering they endorsed cannabis legalization in April of last year, the endorsement is still a shot of momentum for the initiative, which already has a lot going for it.
If approved on November 4th, Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis. It would also legalize the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants, as well as state-licensed cannabis retail outlets.
New Approach Oregon, the organization behind the initiative, stated recently that they’ll be purchasing at least $2.3 million worth of TV ads which will run this fall.