A group calling itself New Approach Oregon has put the Oregon State Legislature on notice that if lawmakers don’t adopt laws legalizing marijuana for recreational use, as now found in Washington and Colorado, they will place the matter on the Oregon statewide ballot. And they say they can easily get the signatures to do it.
As such initiatives usually play out, experience has shown that new laws drawn up by lawmakers, with the guidance of the state Attorney General’s Office, is a legally superior route for clarity and enforcement than lay persons marking it up on the back of a napkin. There are well noted exceptions of course, but the legislative route generally reduces the likelihood of a new law being subject to endless re-writes and appeals in the courts.
At any rate, here’s the story from The Oregonian. Click here.