Marijuana Initiative Proponents Fined

, Posted: Tue, April 24 2012 at 8:14 AM, Updated: Tue, April 24 2012 at 9:12 AM

Oregon elections officials say a group that wants to legalize marijuana has violated Oregon election laws by paying petition circulators based on the number of signatures they collect.

The Secretary of State's office said just hours ago that it has issued a $65,000 fine, $2,500 for each of 26 pages collected by two people who told investigators they were paid on a per-signature basis.

Voters approved that measure in 2002.

Proponents said per-signature payments encouraged fraud in the initiative process.

The proposed pot legalization measure would allow people at least 21 years old to use, possess and grow marijuana.

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