Three initiatives have been filed in Oregon relating to the legalization of marijuana. The first two were filed by Paul Stanford in June, — one would grant adults the right to grow and possess pot, and the other would establish a regulatory system for growing and selling it. Stanford was the chief petitioner behind Measure 80 — the pot legalization measure that failed to pass in Oregon last November.
The third measure, filed on Friday, is funded in part by some of the backers of the marijuana legalization laws that passed in Washington and Colorado last year. New Approach Oregon filed the initiative and would like to see the Legistlature refer their proposal to next November’s ballot. If that doesn’t happen, New Approach says they will collect signatures to put it on the ballot themselves. The New Approach law would allow adults 21 or older to posses up to eight ounces of pot and four plants. Stanford’s bills set possession limits at 24 ounces and 24 plants.
We’ll hear more about the proposed bills and their political changes with Oregonian senior political reporter Jeff Mapes.