Marijuana initiative likely on Oregon ballot

PORTLAND — Two initiatives apparently have enough signatures to make the November ballot in Oregon.

Preliminary figures show the campaign for a medical marijuana supply system gathered more than 115,000 signatures through May and the campaign for tougher penalties for sex crimes and drunken driving offenders have more than 108,000. Both need about 83,000 verified names of registered voters to make the ballot.

The Oregonian reports the campaigns will continue to gather signatures up to the July 2 deadline. Backers also are collecting names on initiatives to create a new redistricting process and allow a casino to be built at Wood Village.

The secretary of state's office will announce Aug. 30 which initiatives qualify.

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