Petition moves Ore. pot initiative closer to ballot

Petition moves Ore. pot initiative closer to ballot

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Posted on June 26, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 26 at 4:40 PM

SALEM – A group supporting legalized pot in Oregon plans to turn in a petition afternoon, with the hope of getting the issue on the November ballot.

New Approach Oregon delivered 145,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's Office around 2 p.m.

The signatures will have to be verified but the group only needs 87,000 to qualify for the ballot.

"It’s time to stop wasting taxpayer dollars on treating marijuana use as a crime,” said Peter Zuckerman, press secretary for the New Approach Oregon campaign. “Prohibition of marijuana is ineffective, costs the state tax revenue and fuels violence. It’s time to try something new.”

Right now, marijuana use is only legal in Washington and Colorado without a prescription.

The group chose June 26 for its petition submission in Salem because it’s the 6-month anniversary of the marijuana regulation law taking effect in Colorado.

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