Bend council candidate wants to ease enforcement in Bend
Nick Grube / The Bulletin
Published Apr 21, 2012 at 05:00AM
Ronald “Rondo” Boozell has gotten the OK to gather signatures for a ballot measure that would prohibit the city of Bend from spending its money to combat marijuana possession.
Boozell, who has announced his intention to run for Tom Greene’s seat on the City Council, submitted the required paperwork to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office on Friday to launch his campaign to relax marijuana enforcement in the city.
Coincidentally — or perhaps not — the numerical representation of Friday’s date, 4/20, is significant in pot culture. According to Internet sources, the number 420, originally used by San Rafael (Calif.) High School students to indicate when they would meet to smoke pot, evolved into a code for marijuana itself.
To qualify his initiative for a ballot, Boozell must collect signatures from at least 15 percent of Bend’s registered voters. That means he needs 6,615 valid signatures, City Recorder Robyn Christie said.
Boozell did not respond to a call and an email seeking comment Friday. While he has not specified when his measure would appear on a ballot, he must have enough signatures collected at least 90 days before a regularly scheduled election.
His campaign, the Community Cost Reduction Act, aims to amend the city’s charter to prohibit city resources “to restrict or punish any person for the possession of cannabis in any form or quantity.”
Boozell ran for City Council
in 2010, losing to incumbent Mark Capell. He also served on a city
charter review committee that studied whether Bend should have an