Oregon Senate advances bill to put pot legalization to voters

SALEM, Ore. - A bill to put the issue of pot legalization on Oregon's November ballot has moved a step closer to a vote in the state Senate.

The measure would ask voters to decide whether to legalize marijuana while allowing the Legislature to work out the details of regulating production and sales.

Supporters say that will give the Legislature more control than would the initiated measures that legalization advocates propose for November.

The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the bill on a 3-2 vote Thursday. The committee's two Republicans opposed it.

The bill will have to clear the Senate Rules Committee before reaching the full Senate.

The measure: Senate Bill 1556