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Story by Aubra Salt - The Oregon Herald
Published on Sunday October 25, 2020 - 8:48 PM
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Marijuana growing in Oregon has been legal for quite some time, but it got a lot easier after the November 2014 election.

Citizens of Oregon are legally authorized to grow up to 4 marijuana plants in their home for recreational use.

Voters in Oregon may soon agree with legalizing even more marijuana sales.

Most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form and eleven of those states have fully legalized pot for adults. Those states include Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Michigan, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont.And in the nation's capitol, Washington, D.C.

There have been major changes in the last ten years. Even in far conservative Mississippi, voters will consider a ballot choice to legalize medicinal marijuana.

The marijuana proposals could send voters to the polls and could influence other races, including the close U.S. Senate battle in Arizona.

The Republican-controlled Senate has blocked cannabis initiatives; with federal law marijuana is illegal, and amazingly, placed into the same class as heroin or LSD. And marijuana is not physically addictive. This control by the federal government has discouraged large banks from doing business with marijuana businesses.

"Change doesn't come from Washington, but to Washington," said Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project. "States are sending a clear message to the federal government that their constituencies want to see cannabis legalization."

The presidential election could influence federal marijuana policy.