"We are confident that our measure to regulate, legalize and tax
marijuana will qualify for the November ballot and that
Oregonians are open to the case for a smarter and more
responsible approach to marijuana," said Peter Zuckerman,
spokesman for New Approach Oregon, the group behind the measure.
A separate marijuana ballot measure was dropped for lack of
signatures. To get on the ballot in Oregon, New Approach Oregon
needs to turn in 87,213 valid signatures by July 3.
Leaders of the group said in a statement they would submit the
latest ballot petition to the Oregon Secretary of State's office
in Salem on Thursday.
The planned ballot measure would legalize marijuana for
recreational use for adults 21 and older, a proposal that Oregon
voters rejected in 2012.
Marijuana remains illegal under federal law, but voters in
Washington state and Colorado in 2012 became the first to
approve recreational use for adults. Alaska voters will decide
on the issue in August.
Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia allow medical
(Reporting by Shelby Sebens, Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and
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