GMO Free Jackson County filed more than 6 thousand signatures requesting a measure to be placed on the May ballot for voters in 2014.
Hundreds of supporters including local organic farmers demonstrated outside the Jackson County Commissioner's office looking for their support on a GMO Ban. Suppose the signatures are all verified, the initiative could be fast-tracked to voters this year. That would require commissioners to agree on having a special election, which cost them around $100 thousand dollars the last time that occurred.
Commissioner Don Skundrick applauded the enthusiasm of demonstrators and their efforts but said a special election is out of the question.His reason- The federal government doesn't recognize bio-engineered food as a threat, and a petition brought by citizens opposing that isn't enough to convince county leaders.
That's not stopping this movement. The word is spreading about the possible dangers of genetically modified crops and the initiative is moving to Josephine County. There, they expect to have petitions filed sometime this Spring.
All of the signatures submitted today have to be verified within 15 days. If all meet the criteria the measure would be placed on the May 2014 ballot.