Written by Christine Pitawanich, Posted: Sat, July 7 2012 at 6:48 PM, Updated: Sat, July 7 2012 at 7:11 PM
In Oregon politics, supporters backing the legalization of marijuana say they believe they have enough signatures to make it onto the November ballot.
Lori Duckworth -- Executive Director of Southern Oregon N.O.R.M.L. -- an organization advocating for legalizing cannabis -- says the Rogue Valley played a big role in getting signatures.
"I believe we collected 7,000-10,000 signatures in Southern Oregon between all the organizations in Ashland, Grants Pass and of course in Medford."
The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act needs about 87-thousand signatures state wide.
Supporters say they have 165-thousand people on board.
Experts say it's likely that if the measure passes -- there could be a lawsuit -- on the basis that it violates federal law.
But *not* expected to make the November ballot -- Oregon's anti-abortion measure.
Supporters of the measure say they don't think they'll have enough signatures to get the measure on the ballot in November.
One of the chief backers says they were able to get less than half of the 150-thousand signatures they needed.
Christine Pitawanich was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. In 2010, she received a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in New York.
Christine also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from the University of Washington.
Before joining the NBC5 News team, she had the opportunity to file reports from Washington D.C. for WFFT FOX Ft. Wayne News in Indiana. Christine has also interned at KOMO-TV in Seattle.
Christine loves to ski, try new food and have fun in the outdoors.