Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Press Release: Marijuana Legalization Initiative Qualifies for Oregon Ballot

July 23, 2014
Contact: Darby Beck: 415.823.5496


Will Oregon and Alaska Become the Third and Fourth States to Legalize and Regulate Marijuana?

SALEM–Election officials revealed Tuesday that New Approach Oregon, a group seeking to regulate and control marijuana, had garnered enough signatures (about 88,500) for the measure to qualify for the November ballot. That initiative, which would wrest control of the marijuana market from the street gangs and cartels that now oversee it and place it in the hands of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, would make marijuana legal to grow, distribute, buy and sell to adults over 21 in limited quantities.

“As a man who spent more than thirty years in law enforcement, I think this measure will be tremendously beneficial to the state of Oregon,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of law enforcement officials who support the legalization, regulation and control of marijuana for reasons of public safety. “Lower crime, greater tax revenue, millions poured into local economies–it happened in Colorado, and it can happen here.”

If successful, the initiative will allow adults to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana, and to grow up to four plants for personal use. The state would reap $35 in taxes from each ounce sold, and the revenue would go to schools, law enforcement, mental health programs and drug treatment programs.
A similar initiative qualified for the ballot in Alaska in February.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a group of law enforcement officials who, after fighting in the front lines of the war on drugs, now advocate for its end.

For interviews, please contact Darby Beck at (415.823.5496).


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