EUGENE, Ore. — If passed, ballot Measure 80 could legalize marijuana here in Oregon. The League of Women Voters know it’s a topic that carries a lot of weight. Sunday they held an educational forum. About 50 members of the league came from all over the state to hear from Paul Stanford, chief petitioner and primary author of the bill, and a league member representing the opposition. In the hour long discussion they hashed out issues from how much money the state would save, access to the drug, to impacts on the economy.
“We’ve been going over this subject for years and years with no resolution. So we think that the measure should get some air and that the public should weigh in and learn more about the facts on both sides,” said Robin Wisdom, League of Women Voters President.
The author says the effort is supported by 37 percent of Oregon voters and that 22 percent are undecided.