‘The Oregon Cannibis Tax Act,” aims to regulate growth, sale of marijuana to adults
By Ricky Zipp, The Daily Barometer
Flashback to June 17, 1971. With students protesting the Vietnam War, three years passed since Woodstock, two Kennedys and one King have been killed, Richard Nixon declared that the United States will begin “an all-out, global war on the drug menace.”
Flash forward to the present and Measure 80, “The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act,” sits on the ballot for tomorrows vote.
The two page act holds more content for conversation than marijuana legalization and even this aspect breaks open a conversation concerning economic effects, medical effects, public safety concerns and the use of marijuana for recreational purposes.
However, Ray Kauffman, campaign director of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Organization (OCTA), explains how the multiple layers of Measure 80 still lay within marijuana prohibition.
“[Hemp] is the same plant,” Kauffman said. “The reason it is illegal in the United States to grow hemp is because we have marijuana prohibition. It is hard to engage people on the conversation.”
Two sides claim to know the truth on the recreational use of marijuana and it seems as if he bill will eventually boil down to prohibition.