Oregon Legalization Campaign Purchasing At Least $2.3 Million in TV Ads

New Approach Oregon, the campaign behind the initiative to legalize cannabis which was recently certified for this November’s ballot, will be purchasing at least $2.3 million in television ads this fall, according to Liz Kaufman, the group’s Campaign Director.

Kaufman makes it clear that the $2.3 million is a base television buy, and may very likely be added to in the coming days and weeks. The group has already reserved $750,000 worth of ad space from local stations KGW and KATU, which will air between September 22nd and the November 4th election.

In conjunction with this announcement, the campaign has released a commercial (which can be seen below) featuring Richard Harris, former head of the state’s addictions and mental health division (and Executive Director of Portland’s Central City Concern). The ad is expected to run on TV soon.

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Over $1 Million Raised in Effort to Legalize Cannabis in Oregon

New Approach Oregon, the organization behind the initiative to legalize cannabis in Oregon which recently qualified for this November’s ballot, has raisedswlabel over $1 million in their effort to get the initiative passed into law, according to state finance reports.

Philip Harvey, a resident of Washington, D.C., was the largest individual contributor, giving $150,000 to the group. Henry van Ameringen from New York gave $100,000 as the next largest individual contribution, and the late Peter Lewis, former CEO of Progressive Insurance, contributed $96,000. Other major contributors include Drug Police Action ($360,000) and Oxyley and Associates ($49,500).

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One Ounce Legalization is Good, Eight is Better; How Oregon Can Lead the Way

In November, 2012, voters in Washington and Colorado shocked the world by legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of recreational cannabisnao. This has greatly increased the momentum behind the cannabis reform movement, and as such, voters in Oregon, Alaska and Washington D.C. will have the opportunity this November to legalize cannabis themselves, as will several cities in Maine and Michigan. However, Oregon’s initiative is a little different, and could lead the way towards even more progressive cannabis laws taking hold in other states.

In Washington State, possessing an ounce of cannabis is legal, but possessing a gram over that is a misdemeanor, and possessing over 40 grams is a felony (with a potential five year prison sentence). Clearly this is nonsensical; why would a substance that’s legal be a felony if you possess just a little over the limit? In Colorado, possessing over an ounce but no more than two ounces is nothing but a ticketable offense, but possessing two to six ounces can land someone a jail sentence of up to a year.

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Voters in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C. Given Opportunity to Legalize Cannabis this November

In a little over three months, voters in Alaska and Oregon, as well as voters in the nation’s capital (Washington D.C.), will have the opportunity to legalize cannabiscannabiscuresnausea through citizen’s initiatives which will be up for a vote on November 4th.

In Alaska, voters will be given the chance to approve Ballot Measure 2. Similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64, this proposal would legalize the possession, use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis, and would do so as a constitutional amendment. The initiative was introduced by the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska, and is being funded in part by the Marijuana Policy Project.

In Oregon, an initiative from the group New Approach Oregon has recently been officially placed on this November’s ballot. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis, the private cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants, and cannabis retail outlets which would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Commission.

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Study: Oregonians to Purchase 1.3 Million Ounces of Cannabis in First Year of Legalization

A new study conducted by ECONorthwest has found that the market for legalized cannabis in Oregon is quite large, and would garnerjillybean tens of millions of dollars in taxes for the state in the first year.

The study, which was commissioned by New Approach Oregon, the group behind an initiative to legalize cannabis which was recently placed on the November ballot, found that in the first year of legal cannabis sales, Oregonians are likely to purchase over 1.3 million ounces (or 81,250 pounds) of cannabis. This, according to the tax rate put in place by the initiative, would equal over $38 million in taxes for the state; this isn’t counting the money saved from reduced enforcement costs.

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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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Campaign to Legalize Cannabis in Oregon Launches First Commercial

A campaign to legalize recreational cannabis in the State of Oregon – which recently submitted 145,000 signatures to put their initiative on the ballot this November, well more than the 87,000 required – has launched its first official commercial.

The commercial, which can be seen below, features Margie Harris, who spent 36 years teaching in various school districts around the state. She argues that cannabis prohibition hasn’t stopped kids from obtaining and consuming cannabis, and that it would be better controlled if it was legalized, regulated and taxed.

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145,000 Signatures Being Submitted to Place Oregon Legalization Initiative on November Ballot

New Approach Oregon will submit over 145,000 signatures on Thursday to place their cannabis legalization initiativecannabisoregon on this November’s ballot, according to an announcement made by the organization. The group needs to submit roughly 87,000 valid signatures to put their proposal to a vote. The signatures will be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office at 2PM.

If approved into law, the group’s initiative would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis, as well as the private cultivation of up to four cannabis plants. State-licensed cannabis retail outlets will also be legalized.

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Enough Signatures Collected to Put Oregon Cannabis Legalization Initiative to a Vote this November

New Approach Oregon has collected enough signatures to put their cannabis legalization initiative to a vote this November, though they’ll continuenao 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.

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Signature Collection Begins Tomorrow on Oregon Initiative to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

New Approach Oregon will begin collecting signatures tomorrow on an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis. The groupnao will have until July 3rd to collect 87,213 signatures to put the proposal to a vote this November.

Under the proposed law, the possession of up to 8 ounces of cannabis and the cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants would be legalized for everyone 21 and older. Cannabis retail outlets would also be authorized to distribute the substance.

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