Oregon State Lawmakers Dives into Legalizing Marijuana Debate
Oregon lawmakers are starting to debate whether they should ask voters to weigh in next year on legalizing marijuana.
SALEM, OR - Oregon lawmakers are starting to debate whether they should ask voters to weigh in next year on legalizing marijuana.
On Friday, the Senate Judiciary committee heard advice from people involved with creating marijuana regulations in Washington and Colorado, the only two states that have created legal markets for the drug.
Legalization advocates in Oregon have proposed several ballot measures in 2014, but state lawmakers are considering pre-empting that effort.
Democratic Sen. Floyd Prozanksi of Eugene says a legalization vote is inevitable, and the Legislature would write more well-rounded rules than activists drafting their own initiatives.
Prozanski proposed a measure that would put legalization on the 2014 ballot and leave it up to the Legislature to write rules if voters sign off.