While the people of Oregon voted for marijuana legalization last week and the initiative won’t go into effect July 1st, already the district attorney of Multnomah County, the most populous in the state, is moving to respect the will of the electorate.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 11, 2014 8:15 am|
|By: Jon Walker Thursday November 6, 2014 4:15 pm|
While most people in the marijuana reform movement were obviously focused on the big victories in Washington D.C., Oregon, and Alaska, they should take a moment to reflect on the results from this initiative in Arkansas as well.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday November 5, 2014 10:46 am|
This year was the best election season for marijuana legalization so far. Even though 2014 was a low turnout midterm election that favored Republicans, marijuana legalization won in every major jurisdiction where it was on the ballot.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 4, 2014 9:10 am|
Today, millions of Americans across a dozen states will have a chance to vote on marijuana reform at either the state or local level. The four biggest marijuana reform measures are on the ballot in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, D.C. and Florida. If you want to make your voice heard on the issue, this is your chance.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday November 1, 2014 5:20 pm|
Oregon votes entirely by mail so the election is more of a rolling process than a single event. This allows the process to be monitored to get an impression of what the final result will be.
Figures from the Oregon Secretary of State paint a picture that is mostly positive for Measure 91, the legalization ballot initiative.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 29, 2014 10:05 am|
One poll came out yesterday. It was conducted by Elway Research for The Oregonian and KGW. It found the measure losing, with 44 percent of likely voters planning to vote yes and 46 percent planning to vote no.
The other poll was released by SurveyUSA for KATU-TV last week. It found 48 percent of likely voters supporting Measure 91 and only 37 percent opposed.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday October 21, 2014 2:30 pm|
King County Sheriff John Urquhart, who represents the largest county in Washington State, is letting voters in Oregon know that marijuana legalization is working well in his state and can work well in theirs. He is featured in the latest ad from the Yes on Measure 91 campaign.
|By: Jon Walker Friday October 17, 2014 12:16 pm|
There is a tax inversion point between the two states at roughly $115. If you are paying that amount per ounce after taxes, the tax rate is basically the same on both sides of the border. If the final price is much more than that, Oregon has the tax advantage; but if it is lower than that, Washington would.
Seeing how one or both these states adjusts their rules and tax rates to deal with this dynamic could set a precedent for many other states going forward.
|By: Jon Walker Wednesday October 15, 2014 10:25 am|
Oregon is poised to be the third state to legalize recreational marijuana this November.
|By: Jon Walker Thursday October 9, 2014 1:27 pm|
Ironically, the anti-legalization campaign the Oregon State Sheriffs’ Association is bankrolling has focused on trying to scare voters about the possibility of “Big Marijuana.” Implicitly their argument is that the possibility of extra financial gain will inherently make people behave in immoral and socially destructive ways. I wonder if the Oregon Sheriffs’ Association is speaking from personal experience on this.