• Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Qualifies for the November Ballot

    by  • July 13, 2012 • Blog

    Oregon

    Hopefully, Oregon will be joining Washington and Colorado in helping make 2012 a pivotal year in the fight to end cannabis prohibition.

    The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA) turned in 59,850 signatures into the Oregon Secretary of State’s office on July 6 and enough signatures were deemed valid for the measure to be certified. Confirmation comes from Oregon Secretary of State, Election Division’s official Twitter feed, which tweeted, “Initiative Petition # 9 relating to marijuana has qualified for the Nov. ballot.”

    It’s official: Oregon voters will join those in Washington and Colorado in voting to end cannabis prohibition this November.  After the turn-in on July 6, OCTA supporters were confident of making the ballot.  They turned out to be right and it is great that their hard work and dedication paid off.

    Paul Stanford, OCTA co-chief petitioner, has been working tirelessly on the measure for several years.  OCTA would completely decriminalize personal use of cannabis by adults and establish a commission to regulate sales.  The proposal would also legalize industrial hemp production under state law.

    “We believe marijuana, hemp, cannabis is the oldest crop purposely cultivated by human beings. it’s also the plant that produces more food, fuel, fiber, and medicine, than any other plant on this planet,” Stanford told OPB.

    Win or lose at the ballot box, it is a tremendous accomplishment to make the ballot.  Oregon, Washington and Colorado will certainly make 2012 a monumental year for the cannabis reform community.

    UPDATE:  Press Release from the OCTA campaign:

    *FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE*

    July 13, 2012

    CONTACT:

    Roy Kaufmann

    Oregon Cannabis Tax Act

    press@octa2012.org

    503-473-8790

    *Common-Sense Marijuana and Hemp Regulation Makes Oregon Ballot *

    Portland, Ore. – 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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    Anthony Johnson is the executive director of the National Cannabis Coalition and our parent division, the American Victory Coalition. He also serves as a Board Member of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.

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