Marijuana legalization efforts in Oregon are benefiting from a string of important endorsements lately.
Only days after receiving the endorsement of the Portland City Club and the Democratic Party of Oregon, Initiative 91 has also managed to pick up the support of The Oregonian, the state’s largest newspaper. From their Editorial Board:
Measure 91, far from revolutionary, would simply allow Oregon adults to obtain something they may obtain now, but without having to stroll through a “medical” loophole or drive over a bridge to a neighboring state. The measure would be worth supporting for reasons of honesty and convenience alone, but it also would raise millions of dollars per year for schools and other purposes. For that reason, it deserves support even from those who aren’t normally high on taxes.
Just two years ago the Oregonian editorial board actually came out against Initiative 80 which narrowly lost in 2012, mainly because of legitimate concerns that the legalization measure would have done a poor job of regulating the new market.
The editorial board believes Initiative 91′s decision to place legal marijuana under the oversight of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission is a smart and logical way to handle its regulation., so they believe this better drafted measure deserves the voters’ support.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy
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