Yes, the site is called “LegalizeHeroin”, but, as we all learned in DARE, marijuana is a gateway drug, which means it is the one you try first as you travel down the path of legalization. And try it we will, one by one, as Oregon this week became the latest state to put marijuana legalization on the November ballot:
The secretary of state’s office late Friday afternoon announced that the measure –known as the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act – received 88,887 valid signatures, just over the 87,213 needed to qualify for the general election ballot.
Oregon now becomes the third state, following Washington and Colorado, to place measures on the ballot this year to legalize marijuana. A separate initiative, to give adult Oregonians the constitutional right to possess marijuana, failed to gain enough valid signatures, according to election officials. But the chief petitioner this week filed a lawsuit demanding it be placed on the ballot.
Meanwhile, a number of state parties including, most recently, the Texas Democrats have (finally) come out in favor of decriminalization (of marijuana). Big old dinosaurs move slowly; sometimes you can only be glad they’re moving in a sensible direction.
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