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Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (Initiative 9) Makes the Oregon Ballot

Common-Sense Marijuana and Hemp Regulation Makes Oregon Ballot.

Aerial photo of Oregon Capitol by Tim King Salem-News.com
Aerial photo of Oregon Capitol by Tim King Salem-News.com

(PORTLAND, OR) - Moments ago, the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office certified Initiative 9, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, which will appear as Measure 80 on the Oregon ballot in November.

“Today is an historic day for Oregon and for the national movement for common-sense marijuana policy," said Paul Stanford, chief petitioner.

"Oregon's long had an independent streak and led the nation on policies that benefit the public good. Regulating marijuana and restoring the hemp industry is in that tradition of independent, pragmatic governance.”

Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, would regulate cannabis (marijuana) for adults 21 years of age and older, with commercial sales only through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of tax revenue, estimated at more than $140 million annually, would go to the state’s battered general fund.

Seven percent of tax proceeds would go toward funding drug treatment programs, and much of the remaining revenue would be directed toward kick-starting and promoting Oregon’s hemp food, fiber and bio-fuel industries.

Regulating marijuana is also a more rational approach to decreasing crime and improving youth and public safety.

"When the voters of Oregon pass this common-sense initiative, it will take money right out of the pockets of violent gangs and cartels and put it into the state's tax coffers, where it can be spent on improving schools, roads and public safety," said Neill Franklin, the national executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) and a 34-year career law-enforcement officer and veteran of narcotics policing in Baltimore.

"Plus, when cops like me are no longer charged with chasing down marijuana users, we will be able to fully focus on stopping and solving serious crimes like murders, rapes and robberies."

And, taxing and regulating cannabis and hemp will create thousands of local jobs, from agricultural jobs in Oregon’s hardest-hit rural counties to manufacturing, engineering and professional services jobs around the state.

“We support Measure 80 because it’ll get middle-class Oregonians back to work, it’s as simple as that,” said Dan Clay, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 555.

“Whether it’s hemp biofuel refineries on the Columbia River or pulp and paper mills in central Oregon, hemp makes sense and fits Oregon’s renowned sustainability economy.”

“Whether you’re liberal or conservative, urban or rural, young or old, regulating and taxing marijuana and hemp makes sense for Oregon,” Stanford added.

To learn more about the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, visit www.octa2012.org.




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Dave July 23, 2012 3:27 pm (Pacific time)

How does man make something illegal that was here before man should trees be illegal

DJ: The only way you can get high on trees is if you climb them. (Couldn't resist, Dave, but we do agree with you!) 

Trisha July 14, 2012 6:05 pm (Pacific time)

I'm glad Oregon is full of a bunch of hippies (in the good way!) I just hope there are regulations that make it ONLY in your own home and not in the public. I personally don't do it and I never want to but it will definitely reduce crime rates and if it's taxed, will have more money for the important things.

Shark July 14, 2012 11:05 am (Pacific time)

I still don't know how I feel about government dishing out the green. As a medical patient I fear this law would make it so I would have to buy my medicine from the government. I'm happy with the status quo, though realistically it should be free for all to use.

Spread the Love July 13, 2012 9:48 pm (Pacific time)

I am so proud to be an Oregonian! Let's show the country what it feels like to be an American, and END INCARCERATION of our loved ones, friends and neighbors. Great leadership Oregon!

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