Oregon Marijuana Legalization: Ten Most Important Things To Know

OREGON:  This week, New Approach Oregon announced they had turned in enough signatures to qualify alegalization initiative for the November ballot. Here’s the ten most important things you need to know.

OREGON IS WASTING MONEY: The state issued 12,808 citations for marijuana in 2012, the most recent year for which there is data. That’s one person every 41 minutes. More than half of all drug arrests in Oregon are for pot, and 90 percent of pot possession incidents involve less than an ounce. About 174 people are in state prison in Oregon for pot at a cost of $30,000 per year per person.

IT’S RACIST: Despite similar usage rates as whites, people of color are 2.1 times more likely to be arrested for pot.

21 AND OVER: The measure would legalize use of pot by adults 21 and over, while keeping felonies for sales to those under age 21. The initiative would ban public use of pot and regulate the amount to be purchased.