2012 Oregon Ballot Measure 80

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Measure 80

Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale.
Votes %
Yes 810,538 46.75%
No 923,071 53.25%
Valid votes 1,733,609 106.06%
Invalid or blank votes −99,033 −6.06%
Total votes 1,634,576 100.00%

Results by county
Source: Oregon State Elections Division[1]

Oregon Ballot Measure 80, also known as the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, OCTA and Initiative-9, was an initiated state statute ballot measure on the November 6, 2012 general election ballot in Oregon. It would have allowed personal marijuana and hemp cultivation or use without a license and created a commission to regulate the sale of commercial marijuana.[2] The act would also have set aside two percent of profits from cannabis sales to promote industrial hemp, biodiesel, fiber, protein, and oil.[3]

Measure 80 was defeated 53.44%-46.56%.

Ballot qualification[edit]

OCTA organizers stated a goal of collecting 130,000 signatures of registered Oregon state voters before submitting a request to the Secretary of State for ballot inclusion. The deadline for turning in signatures was July 6, 2012, and was declared qualified to appear on the November 2012 ballot on July 13.[4]

Certified Ballot Title[edit]

Allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license; commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale

Result of a "Yes" Vote: "Yes" vote allows commercial marijuana (cannabis) cultivation/sale to adults through state-licensed stores; allows unlicensed adult personal cultivation/use; prohibits restrictions on hemp (defined).

Result of a "No" Vote: "No" vote retains existing civil and criminal laws prohibiting cultivation, possession and delivery of marijuana; retains current statutes that permit regulated medical use of marijuana.

Summary: Currently, marijuana cultivation, possession and delivery are prohibited; regulated medical marijuana use is permitted. Measure replaces state, local marijuana laws except medical marijuana and driving under the influence laws; distinguishes "hemp" from "marijuana"; prohibits regulation of hemp. Creates commission to license marijuana cultivation by qualified persons and to purchase entire crop. Commission sells marijuana at cost to pharmacies, medical research facilities, and to qualified adults for profit through state-licensed stores. Ninety percent of net goes to state general fund, remainder to drug education, treatment, hemp promotion. Bans sales to, possession by minors. Bans public consumption except where signs permit, minors barred. Commission regulates use, sets prices, other duties; Attorney General to defend against federal challenges/prosecutions. Provides penalties. Effective January 1, 2013; other provisions.[5]

Stance on initiative[edit]

In support of passing the measure[edit]

In opposition of passing the measure[edit]

See also[edit]

Similar initiatives


  1. ^ Elections Division (November 2012). "Official Results, November 6, 2012 General Election". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved 2012-11-07.
  2. ^ "Oregon Cannabis Tax Act". Archived from the original on January 5, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
  3. ^ Krough, David (April 7, 2010). "Legal Oregon pot could be on November ballot". KGW. Archived from the original on April 10, 2010. Retrieved April 11, 2010.
  4. ^ "Elections Division". Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  5. ^ "(notice of receipt of draft ballot title for Initiative 9)" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. February 25, 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Pacific Green Party (2010-05-23). "Take Action- Oregon Cannabis Tax Act of 2010". Archived from the original on 2010-08-05. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  7. ^ Pacific Green Party (2010-04-20). "End Marijuana Prohibition". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  8. ^ Suzanne Stevens (2012-06-19). "Oregon food union endorses Cannabis Tax Act". Portland Business Journal. Retrieved 2012-06-19.
  9. ^ Salem-News (2012-09-19). "Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury Endorses Measure 80". Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  10. ^ Associated Press (2012-09-18). "Rep. Peter Buckley throws support behind legal pot measure". KATU. Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-09-20.
  11. ^ Adams, Eric (2010-04-28). "Democratic Primary debate (Pt. 3)". KGW. Archived from the original on 2010-05-03. Retrieved 2010-06-27.
  12. ^ ProfessorMMU (2010-05-05). "John Kitzhaber supports Dispensaries, Not Legalization". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2010-06-27.

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