Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Willie Nelson wants pot legal in Oregon

Credit: FriendsOfCannabis

by David Krough and AP
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Willie Nelson wants pot legal in Oregon 

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SALEM - Country music legend Willie Nelson is reaching out to Oregon to support the movement to legalize marijuana.

The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act would make it legal for adults to grow pot. It would also license farmers to grow marijuana for state-licensed stores, fuel, fiber and food.

“This initiative will end adult cannabis prohibition and let our criminal justice officers focus limited resources on real criminals, not on marijuana users like me," Nelson said.

The support group said so far they have more than 50,000 of the 87,213 valid signatures needed to qualify for the November ballot.

“Willie’s endorsement will bring more attention to OCTA 2012,” petitioner Paul Stanford said in a news release. “His fans cross all musical boundaries, and they are listening.”

Current federal laws makes possession, delivery and growing pot illegal.  In Oregon, marijuana is only legal for medical marijuana users.

Activists in a handful of other states, including Washington, California, and Montana, are working to get the legalization of recreational marijuana use on the ballot as well.

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