New Approach Oregon can begin gathering signatures this Thursday

The well funded New Approach Oregon campaign was finally able to begin gathering signatures this Thursday to get their marijuana legalization initiative on the 2014 November ballot.

They have just under three months to gather the roughly 87,000 valid signatures if they want to qualify. While that is a short window, the campaign claims they are confident they can get it down.

The measure is roughly similar to the 2010 initiatives approved in Colorado and Washington State. It would legalize marijuana for adults 21 and over and have it regulated like alcohol. Oversight of the licensing of recreational marijuana growers and stores would be under the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

The law would permit limited home growing and give municipalities the ability to vote on banning local marijuana businesses.

It is not the only legalization initiative trying to get on the ballot. In addition, the people behind the failed 2012 initiative are gathering signatures for two measures. One would simply amend the state constitution to say adults can possess and produce marijuana subject to state regulation. The other is an initiative which legalizes marijuana creating specific rules for its regulation and taxation. While this new version of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act is similar to the initiative that lost in 2012, some changes were made to address the most common criticisms of the previous effort.