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Marijuana Legalization Petition Approved In Oregon


By Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

Organizers of a new Oregon state marijuana legalization initiative campaign, Oregon Cannabis Tax Act 2012 (OCTA 2012), are kicking off their petition drive and opening a new office. The Oregon Secretary of State’s Election Division just announced the approval of the petition, Initiative Number 9, for circulation and signature gathering on March 24.

Initiative organizers will have until July 7, 2012 to gather 90,000 registered Oregon voters’ signatures to qualify for the November 6, 2012 ballot.

Petitioners rallied at their new office in Portland starting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, March 28 and held a news conference at 10 a.m. The state campaign committee is working to achieve ballot status in three ways: hiring paid petitioners, organizing volunteer petitioners and soliciting Oregon registered voters’ signatures online.

The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2012 would regulate the legal sale of marijuana to adults through state-licensed stores, allow adults to grow their own, license Oregon farmers to grow marijuana for state-licensed stores and allow unlicensed Oregon farmers to grow cannabis hemp for fuel, fiber and food.

OCTA 2012 will raise $140 million a year by taxing commercial cannabis sales to adults 21 years of age and older, and save an estimated $61.5 million as law enforcement, corrections and judicial attention can focus on violent crimes and theft.

Initiative organizers estimate that this will amount to $200 million a year more funding for state government. Of those proceeds, 90 percent will go into the state general fund, seven percent will go to drug treatment programs, and one percent each for drug education in public schools and two new state commissions to promote hemp biofuel and hemp fiber and food.

OCTA 2012 is also announcing a series of three benefit concerts featuring reggae music legends, Toots & The Maytals on Independence Day weekend. Toots & The Maytals will headline three shows, starting at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene on Saturday, July 2, then the Deschutes County Fairgrounds in Redmond on Sunday, July 3, and culminating at the Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater in Portland on Monday, July 4.

Toots & The Maytals’ first Jamaican hit recortd, “Do The Reggae” from 1966, named the new music genre and their music was featured in the 1972 cult movie classic, The Harder They Come. Toots has recorded with many other headliners, and his recent album, True Love, features duets with Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, No Doubt and more.

True Love won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album of 2005. Toots & The Maytals hold the current record for #1 hits in Jamaica, with a total of 31.

The Independence Day Benefit will be the first show at Portland’s Washington Park Rose Garden Amphitheater since Ziggy Marley played there 12 years ago.



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  1. Conservative Christian on

    Way to go, Oregon! Jesus said to do unto others as we would have them to do unto us. None of us would want our child thrown in jail with the sexual predators for using a little marijuana. None of us would want to see our parent’s home confiscated and sold by the police for growing a couple of marijuana plants to ease the aches and pains of growing older. It’s time to stop putting our own families in jail. It’s time to let ordinary Americans grow a little marijuana in their own back yards.

  2. Jillian Galloway on

    We need a comprehensive survey undertaken to determine to what extent the profits of gas stations, supermarkets, pharmacies and liquor stores will increase when they’re legally allowed to sell marijuana to adults. When these large, reputable corporations see what they’re missing they may feel very motivated to demand that adult marijuana sales be legalized.

    Marijuana has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. In all respects, marijuana is far safer than beer and wine and should, at the very least, be controlled by exactly the same laws that we use for alcohol.

    Our current marijuana prohibition empowers drug dealers and the Mexican drug cartels by preventing any form of legal competition to their activities. Instead of protecting children from marijuana, these laws create an environment of zero legal supply amidst massive and unrelenting demand and effectively serve to make our children LESS safe. It is *because* of the failings of the prohibition that our children now have easier access to marijuana than to alcohol! Our communities need legal adult marijuana sales for exactly the same reason that they need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals away from our neighborhoods and our children.

    Parents work hard to keep drugs away from their children and they need effective, logic-based laws to help them with this. In order to greatly improve the safety of our children we need legal adult marijuana sales in gas stations and supermarkets at prices too low for drug dealers to match – just as beer and wine are sold today. Our laws must be based on logic, fact and reason, and NOT on ideological positions and unproven assumptions!

  3. Wow, this is really an accomplishment. I’m surprised it’s being legalized in so many different ways. Farmers can even grow it!

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