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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