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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Marijuana Legalization

First, it was Washington and Colorado. Now, Oregon could be on the list of states where recreational marijuana use is legal.

No one expects Oregon lawmakers to simply pass a bill to immediately do that. Far more likely? The legislature puts a measure on the ballot next fall that lets Oregon voters decide.

And activists like Anthony Johnson testified before a legislative panel on Friday that they're gathering signatures in case the legislature doesn't act.

"We have filed an initiative that is really a back-up plan because we do believe it's really important for Oregon to help lead the way in ending cannabis prohibition," he said.

Johnson's initiative would legalize pot for adults and would have the state regulate it in much the same way that it controls liquor.

If lawmakers do go ahead with putting something on the ballot, they would do so in their upcoming February legislative session.

Copyright 2013 Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.