Oregon and Alaska both have marijuana legalization initiatives on the ballot this year. The Oregon legalized marijuana initiative is Measure 91 and if passed it would levy a tax on marijuana and allow adults to posses and grow limited amounts of marijuana. The full initiative can be seen at http://ballotpedia.org
Specifically, under this proposal adults would be permitted to possess up to eight ounces of “dried” marijuana and cultivate up to four plants. And they would be allowed to give up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form or 72 ounces of marijuana products in liquid form, to other individuals 21 and older; they could not be compensated or reimbursed for these transactions. Adults would be allowed to purchase up to an ounce of marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana products in solid form, or 72 ounces of marijuana products in liquid form from properly registered businesses. These limits are more permissive than those previously approved in Washington and Colorado, and may provide a test of how restrictive a legalization system must be to win the approval of a majority of the voters. http://marijuana.com/news/2014/10/oregon-ballot-measure-91-will-third-time-be-the-charm/
Oregon polls show Measure 91 with a slim lead but at this point it is really to close to call. The Survey USA poll taken in late September shows 44% in favor, 40% against and 16% undecided. Whether it passes could depend to a large extent on voter turnout. Seniors and conservatives were most likely to vote against the bill while liberals and those 35 to 64 favored it. Younger voters also heavily favor Initiative 91 but they have been shown to be less likely to vote in non presidential election years.
In 2012 Oregon tried to legalize marijuana and failed with only 46% voting to legalize. Since then, with Colorado and Washington’s legalization initiatives passing there has been an increasing wave of voter support and acceptance for marijuana legalization across the nation and Oregon wants to ride that wave while it is cresting.