The Difference the Initiative Process Makes for Marijuana: A Tale of Two States

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 2:59 pm

To understand how important and effective the initiative process has been for advancing marijuana reform we need only look at two states recently in the news for the issue, New York and Oregon.


Oregon Campaign Turns in 145,000 Signatures to Put Marijuana Legalization on the Ballot

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 4:16 pm

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.”

Oregon Down to Just One Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative

By: Tuesday June 24, 2014 1:11 pm

The marijuana legalization ballot measure put forward by New Approach Oregon is now the only one that stands a chance of making it on the ballot this year. The main organizer behind a competing legalization initiative, The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, announced they will not be able to gather enough signatures by the beginning of next week.

New Approach Oregon’s Marijuana Legalization Initiative Likely to Make the Ballot

By: Monday June 16, 2014 6:30 pm

Oregon should be voting on marijuana legalization this November. With less than three weeks until the deadline the New Approach Oregon campaign says they are very close to gathering enough signatures to put their marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot.

Narrow Majority Backs Marijuana Legalization in Oregon

By: Friday June 13, 2014 12:52 pm

The poll only asked if voters would in general support the idea of a marijuana legalization initiative this November, since there are two different initiatives both trying to make the ballot. Using the exact language that will appear on the ballot in the poll can change the overall level of support.

Oregon’s GMO Sellout

By: Friday May 23, 2014 12:50 pm

When the headline said that Oregon’s Democratic governor, John Kitzhaber, had signed into law a corporate-backed bill overriding local counties’ ability to regulate their own food systems, Lisa Arkin was shocked.

“I can viscerally remember the day I looked at the headline,” she says. “It was such a deep feeling of disgust and disbelief. I couldn’t believe that any amount of money from outside corporations could convince our elected leaders in Oregon to abandon the democratic process in that way.”

Majority of Voters in Oregon Back Legalization

By: Friday May 9, 2014 8:05 am

It is likely the people of Oregon will have a chance to vote on marijuana legalization again this year. There are currently two campaigns gathering signatures to make it on the 2014 November ballot.

Massachusetts Becomes Latest State to Ditch Their Own Exchange System

By: Tuesday May 6, 2014 7:58 am

The Affordable Care Act exchange in Massachusetts is messed up beyond repair. The state announced it is going to get rid of it and replace it either with a new exchange based on software from one of the more successful states or by moving to the federal exchange.

New Approach Oregon Begins Gathering Signatures for 2014 Pot Legalization Initiative

By: Friday April 18, 2014 10:35 am

They have just under three months to gather the roughly 87,000 valid signatures if they want to qualify. While that is a short window, the campaign claims they are confident they can get it down.

Defense Argues Warrantless Surveillance Requires New Trial in Portland Car Bomb Plot

By: Monday April 7, 2014 6:30 pm

The defense for a a young Somali-American man, who was convicted of trying to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon, after being targeted and arrested in an FBI sting operation, has requested that a court vacate his conviction, suppress evidence, dismiss the indictment in his case or grant a new trial.

The government, according to a defense motion, “directly violated Congress’ instruction” to notify the court and the defense that it would be using data from communications “collected, retained and accessed through warrantless electronic surveillance.”

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