Oregon could take another step toward the legalization of marijuana this November, when voters will be asked to decide on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, which would regulate pot for adult use, license canabis for commercial sale, and allow Oregon farmers to grow hemp for biofuel, food, sustainable fiber or medicine.
Oregon already allows medical marijuana to be marketed in several retail operations, which can only sell to clients with medical pot IDs.
In March 2011, BW visited 45th Parallel in Ontario, Ore., where we found mason jars labeled chocolate chunk, blue dream, purple wreck and more than a dozen other flavors of marijuana. We also discovered that a number of Idahoans were regular customers.
"We know of at least 500 Idaho clients that have bought property in Oregon just in the last 60 days," the director of 45th Parallel told BW. "They don't want to break the law, so this is going to be their new home. Idaho is losing residents, there's no doubt about it."
Supporters of the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act turned in 167,845 signatures to Oregon's Secretary of State in July to put the initiative on the ballot. Only 87,213 valid signatures were necessary.