Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis in Oregon Officially Qualifies for November Ballot

An initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in the State of Oregon has officially qualified for this November’s general election ballotoregon, according to New Approach Oregon, the group behind the proposal. The group submitted over 145,000 signatures in June, well more than the 87,000 required, and the state has now verified that enough of the signatures were valid.

If approved into law by voters, the initiative will legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants, and state-licensed cannabis retail outlets which will be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. The initiative will only apply to those 21 and older.

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Support for Legalization in Colorado Up Since Start of Recreational Cannabis Sales

New polling conducted by Public Policy Polling has found that support for cannabis legalization is on the raise in Colorado over a year after voters approved Amendment 64, and less than 3 months after the start of recreational coloradocannabis sales.

According to the poll, 57% of those in the state support cannabis legalization, with just 35% opposed; 54% voted in favor of Amendment 64.

In December – a month before the start of recreational cannabis sales in Colorado – Public Policy Polling found support for cannabis legalization to be at 53%, indicating that support has risen 4% in the past few months.

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