New Approach Oregon's marijuana legalization initiative has officially qualified for the ballot for the 2014 Election. Oregon joins Alaska for ballot approval. Washington D.C. will hopefully join Oregon and Alaska as well. This is a very big deal for the State of Oregon, as well as for marijuana reform nationally, as Oregon would be a significant domino that would help build even more momentum for other state's efforts and national efforts.
Oregon voters will get to decide whether or not New Approach Oregon's initiative will pass or fail on Election Day. The key words being 'Oregon voters.' If you are not registered to vote, then you are not an Oregon voter, and therefore you don't get to help decide New Approach Oregon's initiative's fate. You can be the most passionate, hard working marijuana activist on the planet, but if you are not registered to vote, you are not doing everything you can to ensure victory on Election Day in Oregon.
Not only do you need to make sure you are registered to vote, but you need to encourage everyone else that you know who supports reform to register to vote as well. Also, even if you are registered to vote already, you need to make sure that the address you have on file with the Oregon Secretary of State is up-to-date. I'd hate to see someone all fired up to vote 'yes' on Election Day, just to not get a ballot at the address they are expecting it to be sent to.
2014 is shaping up to be a very big year for marijuana reform in America. If Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. vote to legalize marijuana, they will join Colorado and Washington bringing the total number of states that have legal recreational marijuana up to 4, and would add our nation's capital too. That would lay the groundwork and build the momentum for an enormous reform year in 2016, which has a long list of potential states pursuing reform. Register to vote, encourage others to register to vote, and make sure your address is up to date!