Oregon voters will be asked in November whether they want their state to join Colorado and Washington as the only states to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana.
The Secretary of State's office has certified that a ballot measure advanced by a group called New Approach Oregon (using the tagline “Regulate It, Legalize It, Tax It) is qualified for placement on this November's ballot, with the required number of signatures having been submitted.
According to the Statesman Journal newspaper, residents would be able to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana and grow up to four plants if the ballot measure were approved. The state Liquor Control Commissions would have until Jan. 1, 2016 to issue implementing regulations for marijuana cultivation and sales.
New Approach Oregon leaders reacted to the news of the measure's qualification by hosting a voter registration event “led by young Oregonians who will be decisive in winning a new approach to marijuana,” stated a news release from the campaign.