PORTLAND – The Northwest delivered mixed results were mixed for two marijuana legalization measures on the ballot. Voters in Washington approved an initiative to legalize pot in limited quantities. But voters in Oregon rejected an attempt to allow recreational use of the drug.
Measure 80 chief petitioner Paul Stanford says he’s not giving up.
“We’ll be back with another initiative in 2014. We’re here to stay. We’re not going away. And we’re going to see full national legalization of marijuana over the next five years. I’m sure of that.”
Stanford says Oregon stands to lose out on tax revenue as people drive north to Washington to purchase the drug.
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, so the Washington measure sets up a potential clash with the federal government.
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OPB | Feb. 22, 2017