Flood of initiatives unlikely


Oregon voters are likely to decide this fall whether to set up dispensaries for medical marijuana and set minimum terms for repeat felony sex offenders and drunken drivers.

That pair of measures may be joined by as many as 13 additional ballot initiatives, although sponsors must submit petition signatures by Friday to qualify them for the Nov. 2 general election. It's more likely that only a handful of those actually will qualify.

If history is a guide, some measures will be abandoned — no signatures will be submitted for them by the deadline — and others will fall short of the required numbers.

Other initiatives that could qualify for this fall would renew the diversion of 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds to parks and salmon habitat, create a panel of retired trial judges to draw new legislative-district lines after each 10-year census, and allow a casino in Wood Village — the only one that would not be authorized by one of the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon.

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