Petitioners for a marijuana legalization measure say they're on track

, Posted: Mon, June 16 2014 at 8:32 AM, Updated: Mon, June 16 2014 at 8:59 AM

Petitioners for a marijuana legalization measure say they're on track

Portland, Ore. -- Petitioners say their signature-gathering pace is on track to qualify a marijuana legalization measure on Oregon’s November ballot.

The measure needs 87,213 valid signatures to qualify. So far, the campaign has gathered more than 90,000 signatures and about 83,000 have already been submitted to the Oregon Secretary of State and verified as valid.

Signatures are due by July 3rd.

The measure is modeled after the legalization laws approved by voters in Washington and Colorado. But petitioners say there are some differences; the tax they have proposed on marijuana sales in Oregon would likely be lower than in Washington.

Washington collects a 25 percent tax on marijuana producers, processors and retailers. The proposed ballot measure in Oregon would charge producers a flat tax of 35 dollars per ounce of marijuana flowers and 5 dollars per plant.

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