Oregon Pot Advocates To Submit Signatures For November Vote

OREGON:  Advocates of legal recreational marijuana in Oregon plan to submit a ballot petition with more than 145,000 signatures on Thursday to force a vote in November on legalizing pot.

“We are confident that our measure to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana will qualify for the November ballot and that Oregonians are open to the case for a smarter and more responsible approach to marijuana,” said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, the group behind the measure.

A separate marijuana ballot measure was dropped for lack of signatures. To get on the ballot in Oregon, New Approach Oregon needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures by July 3.



Napa Valley, CA Medical Marijuana Backers Say They're Closer To Goal

CALIFORNIA:  Volunteers are collecting signatures in front of the Napa County Library and other public venues this week in the hope of overturning the City Council’s December decision to scrap its medical marijuana ordinance.

So far, the grassroots effort reports having collected about 3,000 signatures of registered city voters since late December, with 3,850 signatures — 10 percent of the city’s registered voters — needed by the Jan. 16 deadline. [Read more…]

Alaska Pot Petition Soars Past Signature Goal

ALASKA:  Petitioners looking to let voters decide if pot should be legal in Alaska now have more than 44,000 signatures—about 15,000 more than necessary—nearly a month before the their Jan. 21 deadline.

A representative with the “Campaign to Regulate Marijuana” (CRM) said Wednesday petitioners have collected 44,845 signatures. State law requires 31,169 names for a petition to go before voters. Those working with the campaign say they’re working toward an internal goal of more than 45,000 signatures before they formally submit the petition.

The legalization effort proposes far more than simply flipping the switch on marijuana from illegal to legal: the petition includes a seven-page, near-complete package of legislation that lays out a suite of comprehensive new laws that would regulate the growing, processing, selling, and use of the drug in Alaska.

In addition to creating licensing and oversight for the cultivation and sale of the drug, the petition also suggests a tax of $50 per ounce at the retail level.