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It’s official: Oregonians will get to vote on legalizing weed this fall

Cloned marijuana plants at the Sea of Green Farms growing facility in Seattle. Legal sales of marijuana in Washington state began earlier this month. (Jason Redmond/Reuters)

A proposal to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Oregon was approved for the November ballot on Tuesday, according to Oregon’s secretary of state, meaning voters there will join peers in Alaska in considering legalization this fall.

If passed, the states would join Colorado, where such sales began on Jan. 1, and Washington, where they began earlier this month.

“This is our moment to be part of history and lead a movement,” Dominique Lopez, metro regional organizer for New Approach Oregon, the group behind the ballot, said in a statement. “Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, but together we can win a more sensible approach and better the lives of Oregonians.” 

The proposal would charge the Oregon Liquor Control Commission with regulating recreational marijuana, just as Washington state did with its Liquor Control Board. Oregon’s LCC would be given authority over limiting advertising, distributing licenses, conducting inspections and regulating public use, according to the group behind the measure, according to New Approach Oregon. Minors would be banned from buying, selling or using the drug and taxes would pay for local services.

Although there have been some surprises as Colorado and Washington have legalized pot, the experience in both states has been relatively stable. Twenty three states currently allow marijuana consumption for medicinal use.

Niraj Chokshi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post.



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