Should Oregon legalize marijuana? PSU and KATU sponsor televised pot debate Tuesday

Should Oregon legalize marijuana? PSU and KATU sponsor televised pot debate Tuesday

The debate is over. Stay tuned for an archived version.

The only televised statewide debate on marijuana legalization begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Portland State University.

The debate, sponsored by PSU and KATU, will be shown live on Oregonlive and on KATU. It will also air at 9 a.m. Sunday on KATU.

Oregonians next month will vote on Measure 91, which would allow people 21 and older to possess up to 8 ounces of dried marijuana and four plants, or up to 1 ounce away from home. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would regulate and tax sales of marijuana by licensed retailers. Tax revenue would go to schools; mental health and addiction services; law enforcement; and the Oregon Health Authority. Using marijuana in public or while driving would be prohibited.

If the measure passes, Oregon would join Washington and Colorado, both of which legalized marijuana for recreational use in 2012.

The debate panel includes Richard Harris and Inge Fryklund arguing for Measure 91. Arguing against it are Josh Marquis and Dr. Ron Schwerzler. Harris is the former director of Oregon Addictions and Mental Health Services and Fryklund is a former prosecutor and legal consulant. Marquis is the Clatsop County district attorney and Schwerzler is the medical services director for Serenity Lane Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center.

I will join Willamette Week staff writer Aaron Mesh and Portland State Vanguard associate managing editor Colleen Leary on the press panel for the debate. KATU anchor and reporter Steve Dunn will moderate.

— Noelle Crombie

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