“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.”
In 2009 Oregon lawmakers voted to legalize hemp, but the law was put on hold as agricultural officials decided to wait for a change in federal law. Now that the Obama Administration has announced that they won’t enforce federal prohibition in states which have legalize cannabis, Senator Floyd Prozanski, who cosponsored the 2009 law, wants the state to move forward with legal hemp production.
“Sounds like we will be having a conversation with the Department of Agriculture and figuring out what the next steps are,” says Prozanski.