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.