Oregon Lawmakers Consider Marijuana Legalization

Nov 25, 2013
Originally published on November 22, 2013 4:23 pm

First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon could be on the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

No one expects Oregon lawmakers to simply pass a bill to immediately do that. Far more likely? The legislature puts a measure on the ballot next fall that lets Oregon voters decide.

And activists like Anthony Johnson testified before a legislative panel on Friday that they're gathering signatures in case the legislature doesn't act.

"We have filed an initiative that is really a back-up plan because we do believe it's really important for Oregon to help lead the way in ending cannabis prohibition," he said.

Johnson's initiative would legalize pot for adults and would have the state regulate it in much the same way that it controls liquor.

If lawmakers do go ahead with putting something on the ballot, they would do so in their upcoming February legislative session.

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