This November Oregonians will get to vote on Measure 91 and get to choose whether they want to legalize recreational marijuana for people who are 21 or older.
Measure 91 would allow a person to possess up to 8 ounces of marijuana and to cultivate up to four plants. It would also give the Oregon Liquor Control Commission authority to oversee and regulate recreational sales, which would start in January 2016. It would be similar to the way the commission regulates wine and beer rather than alcohol because the state would not own or distribute marijuana products.
Three reasons why the supporters of Measure 91 think you should vote yes:
- Police have arrested or cited more than 99,000 people in Oregon for marijuana over the last decade – this is a waste of money and police time.
- Criminalizing marijuana has led to unnecessary arrests and prosecutions of Oregonians, which puts people into the criminal justice system instead of into drug treatment and prevention programs. By regulating and legalizing marijuana, the taxes on marijuana go to police, schools and drug prevention and treatment programs.
- Under Measure 91, marijuana will be regulated and legal only for adults over 21, taking power and money away from the drug cartels and freeing up police to address violent crime.
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