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Oregon: Marijuana Legalization Bill Puts Legislature On The Spot

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Measure 80, which would have legalized and taxed marijuana in Oregon, was defeated at the ballot box last November. But New Approach Oregon, a coalition of cannabis advocates, has now approached the Legislature and, in effect, asked for help in achieving the same goal.

The group has momentum and public opinion on its side, according to The Oregonian Editorial Board. While the advocates hope for a ballot initiative in 2014, their current vehicle is House Bill 3371, which got a hearing last week before the House Judiciary Committee.

It was sent from there to the House Revenue Committee, "where it'll have the substantial policy debate," according to Judiciary Chair Jeff Barker (D-Aloha). There's little hope that HB 3371 will pass, though, according to Barker, reports Yuxing Zheng of The Oregonian.

Since HB 3371 would tax marijuana as well as legalizing it, a three-fifths majority would be required in each chamber -- but securing even a simple majority would be challenging, since most lawmakers are skittish about pot legalization.

Oregon: Legislature Considers Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Oregon lawmakers are looking at a plan to legalize and tax marijuana under House Bill 3371, scheduled for an April 2 public hearing in the House Judiciary Committee.

The bill would legalize the production, processing and sale of cannabis and cannabis-infused products, reports Yuxing Zheng of The Oregonian. Adults 21 and older would be allowed to grow up to six mature marijuana plants and 24 ounces of dried cannabis, the same amounts currently allowed for patients under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

The Oregon Health Authority would be in charge of licensing marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers and retailers under HB 3371. Meanwhile, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission would oversee the taxation of cannabis.

Marijuana producers would be taxed $35 per ounce under the bill. That money would go to a "Cannabis Tax Account," 40 percent of which would go to state schools, with 20 percent each going to Oregon State Police, the general fund, and services for mental health, alcoholism and drugs.

If passed, HB 3371 would take effect on July 1, 2014.

United States: Marijuana: An Avoidable Loss in Oregon

by FRED GARDNER, CounterPunch

There is a truth that must be heard! Paul Stanford, 52, is the author and prime mover behind Oregon’s marijuana legalization initiative, Measure 80, which had gotten 46.5 percent of the vote as of Sunday morning when I called to offer condolences.

“We came close,” he said. “We won Portland by over 60 percent and they’ve still got about 100,000 Portland votes to count. I think it’ll go above 47 percent when all those votes are counted.” Stanford did not sound downhearted. “Here’s an amazing thing,” he went on. “The day after the election the Oregonian, which had opposed us and called us all kinds of names, ran an editorial arguing that the legislature should now legalize and regulate marijuana!”

The billionaires Back East who put about $5 million into successful initiatives in Colorado and Washington state did not contribute to the Oregon legalization effort. Stanford had implored them for help, to no avail. “If we’d had a half million dollars of outside support for advertising, we’d have won,” he says matter-of-factly.

United States: Advocates of legalizing marijuana will take issue to Oregon Legislature


There is a truth that must be heard! GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Rebuffed by voters, proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Oregon will take their cause to the Legislature, but persuading lawmakers will be a longshot.

Rep. Peter Buckley, co-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Wednesday there will be a discussion of why Measure 80 failed, but odds are against the Legislature coming up with something like it to refer to the voters — even if it were patterned on the successful measure passed in Washington state.

However, there may be support for state licensing of growers and distributors of medical marijuana to address concerns over growers selling their excess on the black market, said Buckley, D-Ashland.

"A lot of us have the shared goal of making the medical marijuana more professional and transparent," he said. "I don't want greed to kill the medical marijuana program."

Buckley said another measure is being drafted that would direct the Oregon Health Authority to research which strains of marijuana are most effective against specific ailments.

Voters turned down Measure 80 by 55 percent to 45 percent. Even with no campaign, it passed in Oregon's most liberal counties — Multnomah, Lane, Benton and Lincoln — but lost everywhere else. Even counties were medical marijuana use is highest, such as conservative Josephine County, voters turned it down.

Oregon: Backers of legalized marijuana not giving up

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press

There is a truth that must be heard!GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- Rebuffed by voters, proponents of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Oregon will take their cause to the Legislature, but persuading lawmakers will be a longshot.

Rep. Peter Buckley, co-chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, said Wednesday there will be a discussion of why Measure 80 failed, but odds are against the Legislature coming up with something like it to refer to the voters.

Marijuana advocate and attorney Leland Berger says there are three or four proposals being developed by supporters to more strictly regulate growing and distributing medical marijuana. He says the hope is the next step would be to apply those regulations to all marijuana.

Measure 80 chief petitioner Paul Stanford says he is encouraged that 45 percent of voters said yes, even with no real campaign.


Oregon: Reformers Are Trying to Legalize Pot On A Shoestring Budget

By Garrett Quinn, Reason

There is a truth that must be heard! PORTLAND, Ore. – Of the three states looking to legalize marijuana today, Oregon is probably the least likely to do so. But that hasn’t dampened the spirits of the people behind Measure 80.

Paul Stanford, 52, runs a medical marijuana business that he says generates over $5 million in annual revenues. The fact that he's using a big chunk of his revenue to fund Measure 80 is what makes Oregon different from Colorado and Washington where out-of-state cash has flowed freely into pro-legalization coffers.

“This initiative has been largely funded by patients in Oregon. I’ve just been the steward of those funds and the person that made the decision to spend those funds in this way,” Stanford says during an interview inside the Yes on 80 headquarters.

Stanford has faced criticism for his tax issues and his business. "It’s basically a spin that isn’t fair," he said.

Idaho: Oregon effort to legalize marijuana could have big impact in Idaho

By Karen Zatkulak, KTVB

Oregon: Earl Blumenauer - The Marijuana Initiative Process, The Decade of Decision

By Michael Bachara, Hemp News Correspondent

Earl Blumenauer on Reform Since 1973, when Earl Blumenauer first voted for legislation that successfully decriminalized marijuana in Oregon, he has been a supporter of a reasonable approach to marijuana regulation.

While he feels there are still many questions about the effects of marijuana use, he believes that this is an issue best left to the states. Blumenauer strongly supports the initiative process and encourages people to push forward in this process of changing the law.

"I suspect that doing your job right, engaging people in this debate, in this discussion, looking at the facts, trying to bring people together in a thoughtful non-hysterical way, letting the evidence speak for itself...I suspect this will be your decade of decision," Blumenauer proclaimed at the 2010 National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's (NORML) Conference at the Governor Hotel in Portland.

After so many years working for the people of Oregon, Blumenauer has seen the evidence of our failed war on drugs, and feels that a re-examination of the way we handle marijuana and hemp would be greatly beneficial. Oregon has the potential to lead the way forward to a better future through regulation rather than prohibition.

Oregon: Retired Milwaukie officer supports Measure 80

By Bruce Litchfield, Retired

There is a truth that must be heard! A couple of years ago, I retired after more than 25 years as a police officer. Much of that time was spent with a metropolitan police department, but I also spent the early part of my career with a couple of departments in rural Oregon. Over the years, I have met many, many people. I have seen people under the influence of a lot of things—alcohol, prescription pills, hard drugs like meth and heroin. But, at no point in my quarter-century as a cop did I think that marijuana use posed a serious threat to the community.

I’ve never smoked marijuana, and when it does become legal, I don’t plan to start. I have never had any interest. But I know a lot of adults who do choose to consume marijuana. I don’t call them criminals—I call them my friends, my family members, my neighbors. Almost everyone I know who chooses to use marijuana does so because they enjoy it. In the way I enjoy a good craft beer, the people I know who consume marijuana do so responsibly.

The reality is such there will always be a small subset of people who abuse what others may choose to use responsibly. I’ve seen it with illegal and more often legal drugs—sleeping pills, pain pills, alcohol. If we’re worried about abuse, we should regulate marijuana and tax it, and use the tax revenue to help pay for drug and alcohol treatment programs.

Oregon: News Laws for Cannabis

Oregon votes to legalize marijuana, hemp

By Cari Hachmann, The Portland Observer

There is a truth that must be heard!
Oregon voters will be asked to legalize marijuana and industrial hemp with Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, in the Nov. 6 vote-by-mail election. Washington and Colorado have similar initiatives on the ballot.

If passed, Measure 80 would permit Oregon adults 21 and over to grow and possess marijuana without interference of the state. Adults could sell marijuana in state-run stores where the plant would be taxed and regulated under the creation of a new committee, the Oregon Cannabis Commission.

The commission would determine the pricing, quality and potency of cannabis in adult-only stores, where 90 percent of profits from sales would go to the state general fund; 7 percent for drug treatment programs, and 1 percent each for drug education in public schools.

Current medical marijuana and driving under the influence laws would remain unchanged.

If voters say yes, marijuana consumption of all forms would be allowed, but the law bans consumption in public, except where permitted by signs. It also bans sales to possession by minors.

Measure 80 would also prohibit the regulation of hemp, giving Oregon farmers the right to grow hemp to be sold for use as food, fiber, biofuel and textiles.

Oregon: Reasons why voters should legalize marijuana with Measure 80

By John Fisher

There is a truth that must be heard! Everything The Oregonian said in its editorial opposing Measure 80 is true. Nevertheless, the editors miss the forest for the trees. On Nov. 6 voters should legalize marijuana. This is why:

First, criminalization breeds disrespect for the law. To successfully enforce a law, it must be supported by an overwhelming percentage of the population. Surveys show support for marijuana legalization at about 50 percent. In a situation reminiscent of Prohibition, millions of Americans smoke marijuana. They, as well millions of others, believe marijuana laws are hypocritical and misguided. Hypocrisy breeds disrespect. This disrespect taints the entire criminal justice system.

Second, enforcement is arbitrary. The odds of apprehension are very low. Violating a criminal law should result in swift and certain apprehension and conviction, which is certainly not true of marijuana enforcement.

Elvy Musikka Says Vote Yes on Measure 80, Amendment 64 and Initiative 502

By Bonnie King, Salem-News

There is a truth that must be heard! (PORTLAND, Ore.) - Elvy Musikka is one of four patients to receive medical marijuana from the U.S. federal government.

Elvy is blind. She has endured many challenges and the uphill climb against intolerance and a lack of information program that ran rampant until the late 1990's, when medical marijuana began to be voted into law across the country.

Elvy receives 300 pre-rolled marijuana cigarettes each month, amounting to six pounds of marijuana each year.

The Federal government grows this marijuana at its Oxford, Mississippi farm and processes into cigarettes at the Research Triangle in North Carolina.

This is not an urban legend. The Federal Government absolutely does maintain marijuana plants and distributes smokable marijuana to patients.

Watch the video above, after you get to know Elvy Musikka a little better.

Elvy Musikka's Story, In Her Own Words:

In late February 1975 I went to see Dr. Rosenfeld, a general practitioner in the Ft. Lauderdale area. He concluded a very thorough examination and said my eyes had been stricken with glaucoma. My [intraocular fluid] pressures were in the high 40s [pressure in the low teens is normal], and Dr. Rosenfeld insisted I see an ophthalmologist immediately. His suspicions were confirmed and I was started on pilocarpine eyedrops.

Oregon: Marijuana would be treated like liquor in Oregon if legalization measure passes

By Harry Esteve, The Oregonian

There is a truth that must be heard! Talking over a car speakerphone, Oregon's marijuana impresario Paul Stanford describes what life would be like if his ballot measure to legalize weed wins next month.

"It would be just like liquor," says Stanford, who has tried for years to end what he considers an ill conceived and damaging pot prohibition. If you're 21 or older, you walk into a state-licensed store and buy a pack of pre-rolled joints, or a baggie if you're looking to buy in bulk, or marijauna-laced food, or a bottle of cannabis extract.

The state-licensed agent rings up the sale, which includes a state profit margin, and you're on your way to getting legally high.

"I don't like that term 'recreational,'" Stanford says about the most likely customers of such stores. "I like 'adult social use.' We don't talk about recreational alcohol use. It's pejorative."

Whatever the label, Measure 80 would dramatically change the way the leafy drug is grown, bought, sold and enforced in Oregon. In addition to buying at state marijuana outlets, adults would be free to grow and use marijuana at will, whether for medical reasons or to relax after work.

How does that Country Joe McDonald song go? "Must be a hippie's dream."

More like a nightmare, say state law enforcement officials, who are the primary opponents of the measure.

Oregon: Bradbury Backs Pot Measure

By Ted Taylor, Eugene Weekly

There is a truth that must be heard! Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury has officially endorsed Measure 80 on the November ballot that would replace Oregon’s system of marijuana prohibition with a taxation-and-regulation model that would allow adults 21 and older to purchase cannabis at state-licensed stores only.

"Our nation’s war on drugs has really been, for decades now, a war on Americans of color and our poorest, most vulnerable citizens, and the ban on agricultural hemp has been the collateral damage," says Bradbury in a press release Sept. 19 from Roy Kaufmann at Yes on 80.

Bradbury served 14 years in the Oregon Legislature before serving two terms as Oregon’s secretary of state. "I urge my fellow Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 80, which is an historic opportunity to show our fellow Americans a way to end the failed drug war, begin a new, sensible approach to marijuana, and restore hemp to our farmers and hi-tech entrepreneurs for biofuel, textiles, and advanced manufacturing,” he says.

Oregon: House Co-Chair Peter Buckley Endorses Marijuana Ballot


There is a truth that must be heard! Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has today become the highest-level state elected official to endorse Measure 80, the marijuana legalization initiative.

In a statement, Buckley wrote:

It makes absolutely no sense to me that we continue to waste millions of dollars every year to prohibit adults from making the choice of whether to consume marijuana, especially when we could be regulating and taxing that market and funding the programs we've been cutting session after session. Oregon is a pioneer state, and I for one want us to make history this November by ending prohibition and regulating marijuana just like we regulate liquor.

Buckley has a bit of a history with the marijuana legalization movement. In 2010, WW reported, Buckley pledged that he would be willing to introduce legislation to the Oregon House that would provide a blueprint for legalizing and taxing marijuana.

However, after the failure of the Proposition 19 legalization ballot in California and the Measure 74 marijuana dispensary ballot in Oregon, Buckley changed his mind about introducing the legislation.

Other prominent politicians endorsing Measure 80 are outgoing city commissioner Randy Leonard and mayoral candidate Charlie Hales.

Oregon: Rep. Peter Buckley throws support behind legal pot measure

By Associated Press

There is a truth that must be heard! MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) — A prominent state lawmaker has given his support to Measure 80, an initiative that would legalize marijuana.

State Rep. Peter Buckley has served as co-chairman of the Legislature's Ways and Means Committee for the past two sessions.

The Ashland Democrat told the Mail Tribune newspaper he supports regulating marijuana in a manner similar to the regulation of alcohol under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Legalization would take the "black market" out of Oregon, he said.

Oregon voters will decide this November on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. The measure would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana consumed by adults.

Buckley said medical marijuana, which the state already allows, has legal loopholes that have frustrated law enforcement and led to abuse.

"I do think it's a problem with some medical marijuana growers," he said. "They've gotten greedy."

According to the YES on 80 campaign, legalizing marijuana could save $60 million annually in law enforcement costs. Taxing it could bring in an extra $140 million. Under the proposal, marijuana would be purchased through state-run stores.

Even if the law is passed, the federal government might question Oregon's authority to legalize the drug. But Buckley said the national debate could change if enough states follow Oregon's lead.

"Hopefully, the federal government will see the light," he said.

Oregon; Measure 80 would legalize pot, allow research

By CANDA FUQUA, Corvallis Gazette-Times

There is a truth that must be heard! If Oregonians pass Measure 80 in the November election, the state would legalize marijuana for adults, but more importantly to Todd Dalotto, it would open the doors for medical research on the plant.

“If it’s free from legal roadblocks, then patients can benefit greatly from the research that takes place in horticulture, in medicine,” Dalotto said Monday in front of the City Club of Corvallis. “Unfortunately, clinical research is hindered to a prohibitive degree, mainly because of federal prohibition.”

Dalotto, a longtime cannabis horticultural researcher and president of CAN! Research, Education and Consulting in Corvallis, offered his take on Measure 80 to the group on Monday. Sandee Burbank, executive director of Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse, also spoke in favor of the measure at the club’s monthly meeting.

If passed, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act would create a commission that would license growers, buy and sell the product, and test it for quality assurance. Adults, ages 21 and older, would be able to legally purchase cannabis from state-run stores or grow it, unregulated, for personal use.

In his presentation, Dalotto explained that each strain of the plant contains different properties. With more research, scientists will be able to isolate the parts of the plant, on a molecular level, that contain positive medicinal values and breed out negative properties, he said.

Oregon: Yes on Measure 80: Regulating marijuana would increase public safety

By Shelley Fox-Loken

There is a truth that must be heard! I went into criminal justice because I wanted to serve the public. As a corrections official, I thought that by working with inmates I'd be able to help them reintegrate into society, making their lives better and our community safer. I quickly became disillusioned with that noble idea, however, as I saw that rehabilitation, once the overarching goal of the penal system, was increasingly impeded as Oregon's prisons were overrun with people whose only crimes were drug-related.

Prison used to be reserved for those who committed what we think of when we hear the word "crime" -- murderers, rapists, thieves. But increasingly during the past 40 years, drug users and low-level dealers who've committed no offense other than succumbing to the medical problem of substance abuse have been joining those ranks. In order to prosecute those committing these consensual crimes, we're using resources -- police time, court time, jail beds -- that could be better spent going after those whose victims are all too real.

Measure 80, the initiative on Oregon's ballot this November that would regulate marijuana like alcohol, doesn't solve that problem entirely, but it's certainly a step in the right direction.

Oregon: Northwest NAACP Calls on Faith Leaders to Support Cannabis Tax Act

Drug war hurts civil rights for people of color say Measure 80 supporters

Helen Silvis, The Skanner News

There is a truth that must be heard! The NAACP state conference of Oregon, Washington and Alaska is urging business leaders, political leaders and the faith community to support Measure 80, the cannabis tax initiative, in the November election. Three states will consider measures to legalize and tax cannabis this November: Oregon, Washington and Colorado.

"Our nation’s long, tragic, failed war on drugs has taken a disproportionate toll on people of color,” said NAACP AOWS-AC President Oscar Eason, Jr.

“To right the wrongs of the past, we need to end the drug war immediately and replace it with a common-sense approach. I call on Oregon’s business, civic -- and especially its religious – leaders to add their voices to the coalition getting behind Oregon Measure 80.”

Eason said the Alaska, Oregon, Washington State-Area Conference (AOWS-AC) has endorsed Oregon Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. And he said ending the drug war is a civil rights issue.

In Washington, three pastors have spoken out in support of Initiative 502, which would allow adults to possess and use cannabis, and would levy a 25 percent tax at each point of sale.

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