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Petitioners Say Marijuana Legalization Measure On Track For November Ballot

OPB | June 14, 2014 2:24 p.m.

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Jars of medicinal marijuana at Pure Green,  a Medical Marijuana dispensary in Portland.

Jars of medicinal marijuana at Pure Green,  a Medical Marijuana dispensary in Portland.

Katelyn Black / OPB

Petitioners say their signature-gathering pace is on track to qualify a marijuana legalization measure for Oregon’s November ballot.

The measure needs 87,213 valid signatures to qualify. So far, the campaign has gathered more than 90,000 signatures — and about 83,000 have already been submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State and verified as valid, said chief petitioner Anthony Johnson.

“We are well on our way and on pace to making sure that Oregon voters have a chance to regulate, legalize, and tax marijuana like beer and wine this November,” Johnson said.

Signatures are due by July 3. The measure is modeled after the legalization laws approved by voters in Washington and Colorado. But petitioners say there are some differences. For example, the tax they have proposed on marijuana sales in Oregon would likely be lower than in Washington.

Washington collects a 25 percent tax on marijuana producers, processers and retailers. The proposed ballot measure in Oregon would charge producers a flat tax of 35 dollars per ounce of marijuana flowers and 5 dollars per plant.

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