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Oregon governor signaling for change in state's marijuana laws

Oregon may follow in the footsteps of Washington and Colorado, the two states that have legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

By
Aileen Graef

SALEM, Ore., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Oregon governor John Kitzhaber (D) says the state should ready itself for the legalization of marijuana. Kitzhaber told newspapers, "I hear the drumbeats from Washington and Colorado. I want to make sure we have a thoughtful regulatory system. Legislator would be the right place to craft that."

Oregon tried to legalize marijuana in 2012 but it failed to pass. Now polls show that 57 percent of voters would like to see it legalized. With the loosening of marijuana laws and the tax revenue seen in Washington and Colorado, it is thought that the climate is much more amenable to the change now.

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