Oregon could vote again on pot legalization

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FILE - From left, Andre Edwards, G.E. Montoya, and J. Smiley pass around a glass pipe as they smoke marijuana, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, just after midnight at the Space Needle in Seattle. Possession of marijuana became legal in Washington state at midnight, and several hundred people gathered at the Space Needle to smoke and celebrate the occasion, even though the new law does prohibit public use of marijuana. (Ted S. Warren, AP Photo)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters may have a chance to decide again next year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Legalization activist Paul Stanford filed two initiative petitions with the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office on Thursday. He says he’ll collect signatures in hopes of putting them on the 2014 ballot unless the Legislature beats him to it.

One initiative would amend the constitution to legalize marijuana and the other would set up a system to regulate the drug.

Stanford was the driving force behind an initiative last year that would have legalized and taxed marijuana. Voters rejected it 53 percent to 47 percent after Stanford struggled to raise money to promote it.

Washington and Colorado are preparing regulations for marijuana use after voters in those states legalized it last year.

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