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Legalize Marijuana, Oregon Lawmaker Says

Sep 4 2013 1:22PM

Oregon lawmakers should write their own legislation to legalize marijuana rather than wait for a ballot measure from proponents, a state representative says.

Rep. Phil Barnhart says the Legislature has "the best shot of actually getting it right," The (Portland) Oregonian reported Thursday.

The Democratic lawmaker, head of the House Revenue committed, added that "if we don't do this it's very likely that there will be an initiative on the ballot."

Barnhart said marijuana legislation should focus on three aspects: breaking up drug gangs, keeping marijuana away from children, and regulation and taxation of the substance.

"The war on drugs has been lost and we need to come up with something that works for us," he said.

Source: Copyright UPI 2013

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