Oregon Marijuana Supporters Submit Petition Signatures

Supporters of a measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Oregon submitted 145,000 signatures Thursday to get the measure on the November ballot.

New Approach Oregon on Thursday morning toted cardboard boxes filled with petitions to the steps of the Multnomah County Courthouse for a news conference, then left for Salem to submit them to the Secretary of State’s Office for approval. 

The office must vet the signatures by Aug. 2, although New Approach Oregon leaders said they hope to have a decision within the next three weeks.

At the news conference, six months after Colorado’s law allowing recreational marijuana took effect, leaders stressed the ways in which their proposal is stricter than one Oregon voters defeated two years ago.

There were no marijuana leaf symbols, dreadlocks or even the color green to be found. Instead, leaders of New Approach Oregon and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon sported suit jackets and sought to project an air of safety and austerity.

“This is Oregon’s opportunity to create a sensible approach to marijuana, and I hope many Oregonians recognize and support this,” chief petitioner Anthony Johnson said. “We are going to fight for every single vote across this state.”

– Read the entire article at Oregon Live.