It is now almost guaranteed that Oregon will vote on marijuana legalization this November. As of Thursday, the New Approach Oregon campaign turned in roughly 145,000 raw signatures to get their initiative on the ballot. Only 87,213 valid signatures are required, so the campaign has likely exceeded that threshold.
“We are very excited that the support of Oregonians has been so tremendous to end treating marijuana use as a crime.” Anthony Johnson, co-author of the initiative, told me. “We will fight for every vote and we are confident a majority of voters are willing to consider regulating marijuana like beer and wine to better prioritize law enforcement resources.”