“As a man who spent more than thirty years in law enforcement, I think this measure will be tremendously beneficial to the state of Oregon,” said Major Neill Franklin (Ret.), executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “Lower crime, greater tax revenue, millions poured into local economies–it happened in Colorado, and it can happen here.”
If successful, the initiative will allow adults to possess up to eight ounces of marijuana, and to grow up to four plants. The state would reap $35 in taxes from each ounce sold, and the revenue would go to schools, law enforcement, mental health programs and drug treatment programs.
A similar initiative qualified for the ballot in Alaska in February.
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a group of law enforcement officials who, after fighting in the front lines of the war on drugs, now advocate for its end.