September 27th, 2010 5:33 pm | by JAMES PITKIN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics, Politics, Cops and Courts

NORML: State Rep to Push for Legalizing, Taxing Marijuana

The Oregon branch of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) says state Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland) is set to introduce a bill in the 2011 legislative session to tax and sell marijuana.

The bill to be introduced by Buckley, co-chair of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, will closely echo the so-called "OCTA Light" initiative that failed to make it onto the November ballot for lack of signatures, according to a news release from NORML. (Oregon voters will get a chance to vote on marijuana legislation in the upcoming Nov. 2 election with Measure 74, the proposed creation of a dispensary system for medical marijuana users. And California voters are deciding in the same election on Proposition 19—whether to legalize marijuana use for adults in that state.)

Here's more from NORML's news release:
"After several years of talks and negotiation, Buckley specifically requested the legislative language he will introduce as what we call 'OCTA Light,'" reports Madeline Martinez, executive director of Oregon NORML.

The legislative language, written by Martinez and Melodie Silverwolf, does not include the hemp component of the original Oregon Cannabis Tax Act (OCTA). With the assistance of longtime activist and citizen lobbyist Laird Funk of Williams, Oregon NORML submitted language inspired by the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act written by Paul Stanford and many others. It provides a simple and concise starting point for Oregon to move forward and end cannabis prohibition for all adults while keeping the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program in place.

After a pre-session meeting on September 21, 2010, Representative Buckley has now agreed to introduce this legalization language to the legislature in next year's session.
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