Just Three Days Until 2014 Election

In just three days, on Tuesday, Novemberelection 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us. In this election, numerous states and localities will be voting on initiatives to reform their cannabis policies. Polling shows that most of these measures are incredibly close, further emphasizing the need for cannabis advocates to VOTE!

Here’s a brief breakdown of the proposals being voted on this Tuesday.

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2014 Election a Week Away

A week from today, on Tuesday, November 4th, the 2014 cannabisleafgeneral election will occur, and voters in numerous locales will be given the opportunity to strike a blow to the absurd prohibition on cannabis.

Below is a quick overview of the cannabis-related proposals being voted on:

Oregon:

Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, in addition to the private cultivation of up to 4 plants. The proposal would also authorize state-licensed cannabis retail outlets, which anyone 21 and older could purchase cannabis from. The outlets would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission, and cannabis would be taxed at $35 an ounce.

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Poll: Majority of Oregon Voters Support Measure 91 to Legalize Cannabis

A new OPB/Fox 12 poll released this week has found that91 a majority of Oregon voters support Measure 91, an initiative to legalize cannabis which will be voted on in less than 20 days.

According to the poll, 52% said they would vote in favor of Measure 91 if the election were held today, with just 41% saying they’d vote against the proposal. The actual election is held on November 4th.

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National Association of Social Workers Oregon Chapter Endorses Initiative to Legalize Cannabis

The Oregon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has officially endorsednasw Measure 91, an initiative to legalize cannabis which is being voted on November 4th.

“The NASW Oregon Chapter’s Social Workers Political Action Committee has met with both sides of the Measure 91 ballot measure campaign to weigh the issues carefully”, NASW’s Oregon Chapter said in a Thursday press release. “[W]e conclude that [Measure 91’s] approach to marijuana use as a public health issue is more consistent with the social work profession’s mandate, than Oregon’s current treatment of non-medical marijuana use.”

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Fifth Oregon City Approves Tax on Recreational Cannabis Prior to Vote on Legalization

The Independence, Oregon City Council has unanimously approved a 10% tax on recreationalcannabismoney cannabis sales, in anticipation of voters approving legalization this November.

Independence joins Forest Grove, Lake Oswego, Cornelius and Oregon City as cities that have approved taxes on recreational cannabis sales weeks prior to the state’s votes this November 4th on Measure 91, which would legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older. Adults would be authorized to possess up to eight ounces, and cultivate up to four plants.

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Oregon City Approves Tax on Recreational Cannabis Prior to Vote on Legalization

The Lake Oswego City Council hasoswego voted to approve a 10% tax on recreational cannabis, weeks prior to the state’s votes this November on Measure 91, which would legalize the possession, cultivation and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for those 21 and older.

The Council also produced a 5% tax on medical cannabis. Both taxes will be on gross sales.

On November 4th, voters will decide the fate of Measure 91, which would legalize the possession and sale of up to 8 ounces of cannabis.

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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.oregonian

“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.”

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