2020 General Election Statewide Measures
Measure 107: Approved
Approve 78.1% – Disapprove 21.9%
Measure 107 is another attempt to curb monetary influence on Oregon elections. The Constitutional Amendment allows the Legislative Assembly to create laws that limit campaign contributions and expenditures, requires disclosing campaign contributions and expenditures, and requires campaign advertisements to identify who paid for them. The measure had broad bipartisan support across the state.
Measure 108: Approved
Approve 66.3% – Disapprove 33.7%
The “Tobacco Tax” was referred to the Oregon ballot by the Legislature. This measure increases the tax on a pack of cigarettes by $2, institutes taxes on vaping products, and increases the tax on cigars. All the money raised from this tax will go to fund Oregon’s Medicaid program, which provides health care for low-income Oregonians. Proponents were expecting to have a knock-down, drag-out fight with tobacco companies over this tax, but no large opposition ever arrived and opponents only spent a little more than $12,000 statewide.
Measure 109: Approved
Approve 55.9% – Disapprove 44.1%
Oregon became the first state in the nation to decriminalize psilocybin (or psychoactive mushrooms) and create a path to make the drug available for medical purposes. Granting authority to the Oregon Health Authority, the measure established a two-year development period of psilocybin for manufacture, delivery, and administration at licensed and supervised facilities. OHA also will create a taxation/enforcement system, an advisory board, and an administration fund. This measure is expected to cost between $3.4-$5.7 million annually from the General Fund.
Measure 110: Approved
Approve 58.6% – Disapprove 41.4%
Ballot Measure 110, also called the “More Treatment Campaign” seeks to address Oregon’s addiction crisis by expanding access to drug treatment in Oregon. It will shift penalties for the possession of a small amount of drugs and utilize marijuana tax money to expand access to drug treatment and recovery services throughout the state. While the measure drew support from a diverse number of nonprofits, advocacy groups, and others. However, OR Recovers, a prominent addiction advocacy group, was a major opponent.