The Better Approach to Marijuana

William_Riggs“I’ve reviewed countless laws in my career.
Measure 91 is carefully written and is
the right way forward for our state.”

— William Riggs, Retired Oregon Supreme Court Justice

Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed. It fuels drug cartel violence and doesn’t
protect children. And Oregon has wasted far too many resources that could be better
spent on higher priorities like serious crime, schools, youth prevention and mental health.

This November, Oregonians will have the opportunity to take a smarter, more responsible approach by voting Yes on Measure 91 to regulate, legalize and tax the use of marijuana by adults 21 and over.

In Oregon, the failed approach to marijuana has come at a steep cost:

  • There have been at least 12,000 arrests and citations for marijuana each year across Oregon counties – and the number goes up every year. Over the last decade, police have arrested or cited over 99,000 people in Oregon for marijuana offenses. The millions of dollars this costs every year comes at a time when Oregon has untested rape kits, missing children and unsolved murders.
  • The current failed approach to marijuana in Oregon supports a dangerous system of drug cartels, drug dealers and organized criminals that take in huge amounts of profits without paying a penny in taxes.
  • Current marijuana policy in Oregon does nothing to protect children. Drug dealers control kids’ access to marijuana, and they don’t ask for ID. And drug education and prevention programs are woefully underfunded.

These are significant problems. And the longer we wait, the worse they get.

Measure 91 was carefully crafted to create a tightly regulated system that controls marijuana’s production, sales and use. It requires that the revenues are placed in a special account that, by law, benefits schools, state and local law enforcement, drug prevention for youth, drug treatment and mental health programs – with full public transparency and subject to independent annual audits.

And Measure 91 was written to take the best lessons from Washington and Colorado’s laws, improving on them to make this the right time.

What Will Passing Measure 91 Mean for Oregon?

Measure 91 will replace our failed approach of treating marijuana use as a crime with a strict system of legal regulation and taxation – and only for adults 21 and over. This will make a real, positive difference for Oregon and Oregonians.

Taking Money and Power Away From the Black Market and Drug Cartels

“Instead of a system that rewards and empowers criminals, Measure 91 will replace it with a legal, regulated market. By making marijuana legal for private, adult use, we will better control it, shrink the black market and drive out drug cartels to protect everyone – especially our kids – from black market drug dealers.”

Dave_Bean_smallRev. Dave Bean
Retired United Methodist Minister
West Linn

Funding Schools, Public Safety, Prevention and Mental Health

“The regulated sale of marijuana will raise tens of millions of dollars of vitally needed funding, putting it in a special account that by law must be distributed to schools, state and local law enforcement and prevention, treatment and mental health programs.”

Rachel_s_smallRachel Seidelman

Protecting Children and Neighborhoods

“Measure 91 controls marijuana from seed to sale; penalizes access by minors; keeps current laws against driving while impaired; keeps drug-free workplace rules, and prevents public use. At a time that there is little or no money for youth prevention and marijuana education programs, it will provide resources for proven, science – based programs.”

Meg_Cowie_smallMeg Cowie

Ending Decades of Failed Policy

“ I’ve served as a drug addiction and treatment expert for over 30 years. I can tell you that criminalization has led to stigma, unemployment, and ruined lives. Marijuana is less damaging than alcohol or tobacco. And if someone has a problem, the public health approach taken by Measure 91 will offer education, prevention, treatment, and a successful future.”

Richard_Harris_smallRichard Harris
Former Director of Oregon’s Addictions
and Mental Health Service Division.