Oregon Marijuana Legalization Leading in Latest Polls


Oregon’s Measure 91, which would legalize limited amounts of pot in the state, should pass according to polls conducted this week. The survey, conducted by Oregon Public Broadcasting, showed that 52 percent of voters approve the measure while only 41 percent opposed it.
But it’s not a lock yet, and advocates say voters still need to remember to show up or mail in their ballots. And no, that’s not a bad pot joke about forgetful stoners.

According to the poll, the election is hinged on voter turnout from those aged 18-34, new voters and independents – all groups that historically turn out in low numbers, especially in non-presidential election years.
The survey, conducted on 516 voters across the state, showed that the largest opposition came from old Republicans. Big surprise there. But that’s also the group that is more likely to actually vote.
So here’s a reminder, Oregon: Election day is November 4.
Measure 91 would legalize the possession of up to eight ounces of pot, as well as the cultivation of no more than four plants in a single household for adults 21 and up. The rules would allow for recreational cannabis stores to open, and adults 21 and up could purchase up to one ounce of raw herb, 16 ounces of “marijuana products in solid form” and 72 ounces of marijuana-infused liquids at a time. The state Liquor Control Commission will regulate the system. Sales would be taxed at $35 per-ounce at the wholesale level for buds and $10 per-ounce on trim. The tax can raise or lower with inflation, and the majority of the funds goes to the state Common School Fund. Municipalities will have the option of banning marijuana businesses, but the bans must be decided by voters as a ballot measure in a general election.