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Backers Of Legalized Marijuana Take Case To Salem

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.

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