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Legal weed initiative qualifies for November ballot

Modified: Saturday, Jul 26th, 2014

An initiative that would legalize marijuana use in Oregon qualified this week for the November general election ballot, the Secretary of State’s Office said.

The Control, Regulation, and Taxation of Marijuana and Industrial Hemp Act of 2014 received approval for the ballot after officials completed the signature verification process. The proposal, also known as Initiative Petition 53, is sponsored by New Approach Oregon in Portland.

The petition boasted 88,584 valid signatures, or 64.41 percent of the 135,722 signatures accepted for verification, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

As a result, registered voters are going to decide in November “whether to regulate, tax and legalize marijuana for people 21 years and older,” New Approach Oregon said in a message posted on its website.

For the complete article see the 07-25-2014 issue.

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