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Some of the measures on ballot are no-brainers


Voters are being confronted with a crowded November ballot with dozens of difficult choices to make. Many of the measures and races will require a great deal of thought and analysis, but there are a few — at least in our minds — that are relatively easy calls.

Some of these no-brainers come in the form of statewide ballot measures that are either so innocuous (in the case of two legislative referrals) or so ill-conceived (in the case of three initiatives) that the decision should be obvious.

Here’s our take on five measures that fall into these categories:

-- Measure 80, the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act. Vote "no." The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, if passed, would set up a cannabis commission — controlled by pot growers and processors — to award licenses “to any qualified applicant” for cultivating marijuana.

-- Measures 82 and 83: Vote "no" twice. These two measures would create the opportunity to have privately owned, Nevada-style casinos in Oregon, with the first being located at the old Multnomah Kennel Club in Wood Village.

However, the backers of the measure recently announced that they will no longer promote it because voters do not support it.

-- Measures 77 and 78: Vote "yes." These measures won’t generate as much passion as legalized pot or expanded gambling, but they are benign proposals referred to the voters by the Legislature. Measure 77 amends the state constitution to give the governor authority to declare a “catastrophic disaster.” Measure 78 simply cleans up some language in the constitution to use more modern wording, and it gets rid of some gender-biased phrasing along the way.