It’s voting season, and that means it’s time to decide on BALLOT MEASURES!
The measures up for resolution include:
Measure 73, an initiative to set a 25-year mandatory minimum prison sentence for repeat offenders of any four felony sex crimes. It seeks to require a 90-day jail term for a third drunk-driving conviction. The conviction would be considered a Class C felony if the previous convictions occurred within the past 10 years.
Measure 74, which if passed would allow the state to license marijuana farmers to distribute their crop to medical marijuana dispensaries. The government would set a standard price for the dispensary’s product.
Measure 76 is proposal to continue the constitutional dedication of 15 percent of lottery proceeds for parks, beaches, wildlife habitat, and watershed protection beyond 2014.
A venture into the Friendly neighborhood this morning revealed recognition of Oregon’s impending political decisions. It seemed that the neighborhood would yield plenty of political opinion.
Andrew Chaddock, a clerk at Friendly Street Market on 28th Avenue and Friendly Street, proclaims himself “the least politically informed person,” but believes that Measure 74 should be passed.
“I’d be fine with it. I think [marijuana] should be legal, anyway.”
Andrew supports Measure 76 “as long as it’s not to the exclusion of schools.”
He was unable to form an opinion about 73 because he needed more background information about it.
The Little “Y” Market on 19th Avenue and Jefferson Street produced opinions as well.
Matt Johnson and Jamie Burdock, the store’s clerk and manager, respectively, would vote YES on the measure because they feel that allowing for medical marijuana dispensaries is a good idea.
“[Marijuana] sales are already under the table: in Amsterdam, you leave it in a bag and get money from the recipient later … if you’re selling it on the street, why not sell to dispensaries and benefit the community? Some people don’t want that to happen because they will lose money when the state puts a control on the market and sets a price,” Matt said.
The pair also approves of Measure 76 if it “keeps the mercury out of the fish population.”
They gave Measure 73 a NO because they, as Jamie said, “don’t believe in mandatory sentencing,” nor that a drunk driver should be given the same degree for varying blood-alcohol levels.
They are FOR letting the judge decide what each individual offender deserves, with the defendant free to prove or disprove their crimes, free of an oppressing uniform punishment.