OREGON: Given the polling, political energy, and demographic changes there is no doubt that in the near future Oregon will legalize marijuana. If activists don’t legalized it with a successful ballot initiative campaign this year, they are almost guaranteed to achieve victory in 2016 or 2018.
Governor John Kitzhaber (D) accepts this inescapable fact and told The Oregonian he thinks it would smart if the state legislature would preemptively adopt their own legalization proposal to put before voters. From The Oregonian:
Some lawmakers also have suggested working up a ballot referral that would legalize recreational use of pot. Kitzhaber said that might be a good idea.
“I hear the drumbeats from Washington and Colorado,” states that recently approved legalization measures, he said. Oregon voters could do the same. I want to make sure we have a thoughtful regulatory system,” Kitzhaber said. “The Legislature would be the right place to craft that.”