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Advocates Push Oregon Lawmakers to Legalize Pot

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SALEM, Ore. - Advocates are urging Oregon lawmakers to legalize marijuana months after voters rejected the idea.

Proponents say the tide to quickly shifting in their favor after Washington and Colorado voters supported pot legalization initiatives last year. They say it is only a matter of time before Oregon follows suit.

Advocacy group New Approach Oregon is proposing a system to regulate and tax pot, promising millions in new revenue.
The House Judiciary Committee discussed the measure Tuesday before sending it to the Revenue Committee for more discussion.

Critics are worried about the health effects of pot and say the state should wait and see how the federal government reacts to legalization in Washington and Colorado.