The Oregon Secretary of State finished the verification of the 109,843 accepted signatures from the Coalition for Patients Rights 2010 to put Initiative 28 on the ballot in the November elections. More signatures are needed before July 2 in order for Initiative 28 to qualify for the ballot.
The Oregon Secretary of State released the results of their verification on their website:
6/18/10 Verification of early submittal of signatures completed. Petition contained 74,537 valid signatures, or 67.86% of the 109,843 signatures accepted for verification. The number of signatures accepted for verification includes 1,764 sponsorship signatures. Chief petitioners may submit additional signatures not later than 07/02/10.
- Producers will be licensed with the state of Oregon for a $1000 annual license fee, that enables them to grow marijuana and sell it to dispensaries for a profit. Producers will pay a 10% tax on gross revenue to the state.
- Dispensaries will be licensed with the state of Oregon for a $2000 annual license fee, that enables them to sell marijuana to licensed cardholders for medical purposes. Dispensaries will also pay a 10% tax on gross revenue to the state.
Producers and dispensaries will be required to “submit quarterly reports on all of their financial transactions, including transfers for no consideration.” They will also be “subject to reasonable inspection by the department.” DHS will be required to establish administrative rules to implement the act within six months, including requirements for minimal security and permissable locations of dispensaries. “I 28 will create a system based on appropriate regulation that will allow Oregonians to decide how to best get medical cannabis products to the patients that will benefit from it,” says Sajo.