The Oregon cannabis tax act 2014
In 2014, an Oregon Recreational Cannabis Taxation Act didn’t make the statewide ballot as originally planned. This measure would’ve superseded the current laws regulating the use of cannabis for cultivating, processing, and selling the drug. This measure was originally sponsored via the Campaign for the Restoration and the Regulation of Hemp. This, along with the Douglas Paul Stanford, was altogether in sponsorship.
It all started in 2012. In 2012, the elections proved a groundbreaking move to support the legalization of marijuana. Meanwhile, voters in Washington would approve the Initiative 502 thus legalizing the use of recreational marijuana. Meanwhile, those in Colorado followed suit and approved the Amendment 64 in the same elections. However, the voters in the state of Oregon would reject the Measure 80, this was similar, yet less stringent for legalizing Marijuana. In Measure 80, adults who were over the age of 21 could legally possess an unlimited amount of cannabis.
Thus, the cultivation of marijuana, along with the possession and the delivery are all prohibited. It didn’t pass, it never even made it to the ballots. The current laws regulate the use of marijuana. They also prohibit the distinguishment between hemp and marijuana. Cultivation by those who are considered to be qualified and to buy a license will sell at cost to pharmacies. They may also sell the product to medical research facilities as well. To adults who have gone through the state-licensed stores, they will sell to them as well.
While each measure is slightly different, at present, 90 percent of the net proceeds will go to the states general fund. The rest of this money will go toward drug education programs, treatment programs, hemp promotion and other venues that are designated as recipients. Sales will be banned for all minors. Public consumption, except in designated areas, is also illegal. Minors will be barred from all areas that public use is allowed.
There are nine former directors in Drug Enforcement Admin that have signed letters to the United States Department of Justice. They’ve requested that this measure and other measures be opposed publically. They urge them to review Amendment 64 in the state of Colorado, to review Initiative 502 in Washington State and Measure 80 in the state of Oregon. The continued silence on this subject is nervewracking to those who are waiting for it to be passed.
Clearly, more research needs to be done to see if they can get this initiative to pass or be removed from the voters view entirely. Not all voters agree many would like the opportunity to have it completely removed from the public view. Meanwhile, on the other side of the board, many would love to see it pass. Obviously, not everyone is going to get their way. It’s going to take a lot of push and shove to get anything done on the topic.
As the Cannabis products hit the market, new surges of information flood the public and it again resurfaces in the publics eye. Voters will again request it to be on the ballots and legislators will have to decide what to do with the laws on cannabis.