Legislature discusses asking voters to legalize pot

A group of legislators including Rep. Peter Buckley today voiced support for Senate Bill 1556 that seeks a referendum asking voters to legalize marijuana in Oregon by January 2015.

The bill, which was discussed at a hearing this morning, would legalize pot for anyone age 21 or older. Specifics of the bill include language that would prevent the sale to minors and prevent the sale of marijuana to criminal organizations.

Medford Police Chief Tim George opposed the bill.

"How is the state going to protect minors from more marijuana in the marketplace?" he stated in a letter addressed to the local legislative delegation.

The bill is being sponsored by Buckley, D-Ashland, and Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene.

— Damian Mann

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