New York Times Endorses All Three Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

By: Monday October 6, 2014 8:17 am

We will have to see if the New York Time has much impact on the West Coast but as a D.C. resident it is a refreshing counterpoint to the Washington Post’s error-filled and logically inconsistent editorial against the D.C. initiative.


The Four Big Marijuana Elections This November

By: Thursday October 2, 2014 1:22 pm

This November over 14 million American voters will have a chance to directly weigh in on the issue of marijuana reform. Alaska, Oregon, Florida, and the District of Columbia all have hugely significant marijuana measures on the ballot.

Marijuana Legalization Endorsed by Second Largest Paper in Oregon

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 3:54 pm

Initiative 91, which would legalize, tax and regulate marijuana for adults in Oregon, now has the support of the two largest papers in the state. Last month the initiative was endorsed by The Oregonian, the states largest paper, and recently the second largest daily, The Register-Guard, endorsed it as well.

Narrow Plurality Backs Oregon Marijuana Legalization Initiative

By: Friday September 26, 2014 5:40 pm

The fight to legalize marijuana in Oregon this November is looking like it could be a real nailbiter this November.

A new SurveyUSA poll for KATU-TV found that 44 percent of likely voters plan to vote for Measure 91 while 40 percent plan to vote against it, and the remaining 16 percent remain undecided.

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.”

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