Fewer pot measures improve chances of legalization in Oregon

Fewer pot measures improve chances of legalization in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The chances for recreational marijuana legalization in Oregon could improve as the field of likely ballot measures drops to one.

Over the last several months, pot legalization advocates in Oregon have been collecting signatures to put up to three measures before voters, but the sponsor behind two of those measures said last week there's little hope his proposals will collect the signatures needed to make the ballot.

That leaves in contention only one measure, backed by wealthy donors who say they've already gathered more than the 87,000 signatures the state requires in advance of the July 3 deadline.

Political experts say the narrowing of the field could improve the odds at the ballot box by allowing supporters to focus their campaign and by reducing voter confusion over multiple options.

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