Marijuana dispensary initiative likely to qualify

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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Sponsors of the initiative to get medical marijuana dispensaries on the November 2010 ballot say they have turned in enough signatures to qualify.

Initiative 28 would create the Oregon Regulated Medical Marijuana Supply System, to be funded by license fees and taxes on marijuana dispensaries and producers.

The Coalition for Patients’ Rights 2010, working with Voter Power, needed to turn in a total of 82,769 valid signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State by July 2, 2010, to place the measure on the November ballot. Backers of the dispensary initiative turned in over 109,000 signatures by the May 20 early turn-in deadline. On June 18th, the Elections Division released the results of their verification that indicated that 74,537 (68%) of these signatures were valid and that 8,232 more signatures were needed.

At 1:00 p.m. on Friday, the chief petitioners, Jim Klahr, Alice Ivany, and Anthony Johnson submitted 22,879 additional signatures. “We need less than half of this final submission to be valid to qualify so we are very confident the dispensary initiative will be on the ballot this fall,” said John Sajo, Director of Voter Power.

Read more at Salem-News.com.

Read our coverage of marijuana in Southern Oregon here.

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